Square Enix has announced a remaster of the original 2010 Nier
game, dubbing it “Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139.” Watch the trailer below.
Appropriately enough, 2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of the original Nier game, which released in 2010 as a spin-off of the Drakengard franchise. Square Enix released a new trailer showing off some imagery from Nier Replicant, along with some text alluding to its story’s core themes.
Making sense of the original Nier titles is a bit difficult. The original Nier released in 2010, and featured a man searching through the ruins of a world dominated by mysterious creatures known as “Shades” for a cure for his ailing daughter/sister. Nier Gestalt, which featured a father-daughter duo, was what western audiences and Japanese Xbox 360 owners got, but a different version of the game was released on the PS3 in Japan, called “Nier Replicant,” and featured a younger brother and sister duo rather than father and daughter.
From the text we see in the trailer mentioning a “young, kind-hearted boy” and his sister, it looks like Square Enix is going with the original Nier Replicant’s brother and sister dynamic.
The trailer also shows that this remaster will be developed by Toylogic, and not Platinum Games, who made 2017’s Nier Automata.
Nier itself is a spin-off of the Drakengard franchise.
Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139 is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Square Enix has not mentioned a release date as of yet.
Meanwhile, Nier Reincarnation is an iOS and Android game. Square Enix released a similarly vague trailer, showing off some more artwork featuring huge, seemingly empty cities (with giant fish floating in the air?), and some text describing an ominous place known as “the Cage.” Watch the trailer above.
If you translate Square Enix’s official page, it appears that Nier Reincarnation will be a free-to-play game with microtransactions, although what form those will take (or how extensive they’ll be) is still unclear.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN, and he does not look forward to writing out that title 40 more times.