Developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix, NieR: Automata was one of 2017’s most critically acclaimed games (we gave it a 9). This stylish and beautiful action RPG was a followup to the original NieR, which didn’t reach the critical or financial heights of Automata, but did have a strong cult following of its own.
During a 10 hour collection of livestreams hosted by Square Enix to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original NieR, the announcement was made that the game itself would be re-releasing on PS4, Xbox One and PC under the name NieR Replicant Ver. 1.22472287139.
Not a remaster or a remake in the general sense, but rather a “rebuild”, Replicant will be an updated version of the 2010 PS3 game, with a re-recorded soundtrack and voice lines, a new character and other additional features.
The name itself is quite the mouthful, but the Replicant portion of it we have seen before. Two versions of the original NieR exist – the Japanese version being titled NieR Replicant, with the protagonist being a young man trying to save his sister, while the Western release was titled NieR Gestalt and featured an older playable character attempting to save his daughter.
There were other minor differences between the two, and Japan had access to both copies whereas the Western audience was only given Gestalt, but the change in the protagonist was the major alteration.
This new, updated release doesn’t have a release date as of yet, but Square is apparently aiming to have it launch in 2020 to correspond with the original game’s 10th anniversary.
Also announced during the livestream was an iOS and Android game titled NieR: Re[in]carnation, though no details were given regarding it other than the fact it’s in development.
Take a look at the NieR Replicant reveal trailer below:
NieR Replicant will launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2020.
Are you a fan of the NieR games? Will you pick up Replicant when it launches? Let us know.
Shoutout to Game Spot