NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… arrives April 23, 2021

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NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… arrives April 23, 2021

Yoko Taro would like you to just think of this as a brand-new title that is totally unrelated.

Ten years ago, YOKO TARO (Director), Yosuke Saito (Producer), and Keiichi Okabe (Composer) would introduce the world to a unique, ambitious action-RPG by the name of NIER – or as it was known in Japan, NieR Gestalt. Its alternate version, titled NieR RepliCant (Released April 22, 2010), never made it to western shores. 

In 2017, the same all-star development team would reunite to create the sequel, NieR:Automata, which exploded onto the scene like so many dismembered machine lifeforms and quickly established itself as a modern gaming masterpiece. Assisted by series newcomers, Toylogic Inc., that original team has returned to the roots of the series in triumphant fashion –NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is poised to arrive on PS4 on April 23, 2021 to deliver the narratively complex, action-packed prequel that western NieR fans have been clamoring for. 

In producer, Yosuke Saito’s own words:

“We planned for this title to align with NieR’s 10th anniversary, and we tried our darndest to release it during the 10th anniversary. 

Well, we didn’t make it in time!! 

But, because of that, I believe that it has turned out to be that much better. I hope you are excited for it.”

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

For those who need a little refresher on the series – who better to lay it out than YOKO TARO himself? 

“Hello, YOKO TARO here, and I’m Creative Director of NieR Replicant Ver.1.22474487139… Um, so, SQUARE ENIX asked me:

>Please provide a comment to introduce this title primarily to those who have never played Replicant, making sure to include points like how it differs from NIER (the Western version of NieR Gestalt), where this title fits in the storyline of the NieR Universe and what the story is about, as well as how it relates to Automata, etc.

And I was, like… “whaa? I have to explain all that? On top of that, there are so many elements!”

…so, I’d like to answer it using a Q&A format.

Q: What is NieR Gestalt/Replicant?

A: A while ago, we tried to make this game called “NIER.” It had a boy as a protagonist, you see. But I heard from the folks at the US SQUARE ENIX office that “in the US, a father figure would resonate better,” so for the West (North America and Europe), we created “Gestalt,” a version where the protagonist is a father, and “Replicant” for Japan, in which the protagonist is a boy. These two titles are the predecessors to NieR:Automata, but… it’s all starting to get confusing, right? It is for me, too. So, if you could just think of this as a brand-new title that is totally unrelated.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

Q: What is the relation between Replicant and Automata? What kind of story is it? Where does this fit in the NieR Universe?

A: Replicant takes place way before the events of Automata; um, a few hundred, or was it a few thousand years ago… I’ve forgotten. Well, it’s a long, long time ago. That being said, it takes place far into the future from the time we live in. There, a young girl falls ill to this sickness – the Black Scrawl – that causes these black letter-like things to show up on your body, and her older brother has to save her. Then, a lot of things happen, then it eventually connects to Automata. But there’s just so much that goes on that it’s impossible to explain it all here, so… if you could just think of this as a brand-new title that is totally unrelated.

Q: A comment regarding this title to Automata fans who have never played Replicant.

A: During the production of Automata, I was thinking “I have to get both new audiences and Replicant fans to enjoy this title,” and wracked my brains for interesting twists in the designs. But, Replicant never really had Automata players in mind when it was designed. Because of that, it might feel like there are less twists in the gameplay and story, compared to Automata. So… if you could just please think of this as a brand-new title that is totally unrelated!

In any case, just forget about everything in the past!

That’s it from me!!”

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

The development team was just featured on a NieR series stream for Tokyo Game Show Online 2020: The “We Have a Decent Amount of New Info” Show. You can watch the new trailer they debuted there below:

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… arrives April 23, 2021

We will finally be able to experience the NieR story origins from the point of view of the protagonist as a brother, along with many updates and improvements. Plus, it’s available for pre-order today! 

Also, check out the White Snow Edition, exclusive to the Square Enix online store. There’s lots more to learn about this game and reveals to look forward to in the coming months – we hope that you’re just as excited as we are for the return of NieR!   

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  • Yoko Taro is so funny. As I’ve never played this I will indeed go in thinking it a totally unrelated game to Automata. Thank you Square Enix, YOKO TARO, Yosuke Saito, and Keiichi Okabe :D

    • Either way I’ll be playing on PS5.

      A native PS5 version would be nice though.

    • @iamtylerdurden1 – I agree. Between now and November, every PS4 game announcement or update ought to explicitly discuss any PS5-enhanced version or upgrade.

      Still, it’s interesting news by itself. Enjoyed Automata, which is the only thing about the universe I’ve seen, so this will be an all-new experience. I expect there’s plenty of us in that situation.

    • @ iamtylerdurden1 and FeistFan – No!

  • I honestly think Nier 1 has much more interesting setting, characters and plot compared to Automata, hope people don’t skip this. Looks good so far.

    • You are not alone. Nier1 felt more honest with what it wanted to transmit as well. The melancholy and sadness felt original, while in Automata I felt it spoonfeeded over and over.
      Also you end up empathizing a lot more with the character and his impossible search for a cure in a world that is dead. Much more powerful

  • Was on the fence about this series, but it looks so interesting that I couldn’t resist – that, and it was made by Square Enix. Just picked up Automata on sale.

  • Man, I love Yoko Taro’s humor. I played the original Nier on PS3 AFTER playing Automata and I actually prefer the original’s story (Although both are incredible masterpieces of story)! I can’t wait to get my hands on this and play it on my PS5 (through BC of course).

  • Preordered the White Snow edition on SE store AND digitally thr PS4 version. Now I can get the collectables, the dynamic theme and avatars. I’m pretty sure my SE edition will be weeks late so digitally I can play at midnight. This is the money I saved from not preordering a PS5. I had a feeling this would come

  • Will this be available on PS5? I want the white snow version but my PS4 disk drive no longer works.

  • Looking forward to this! Can we have some Nier changeable plates made for PS5 or even PS4.
    Sony you could be making bank with these!
    Thank you very much.

  • Such a well written post. Getting this day 1 but I also hope the original western NieR can get remastered one day.

  • I never played any of the previous games prior to Automata, but I did like it a lot so I’m in.

  • “Q: A comment regarding this title to Automata fans who have never played Replicant.”

    Hey! That’s not a question!! 😅😉

  • I really enjoyed Nier. Played it on XB360 back in the day. I’m going to wait & see how this turns out. Sounds like they are taking the controls from automata & using them for this game. The old game had some clunk to it but it was still awesome! I’m also gonna miss old father Nier but this will be a new take on it for me. I’ll just have to see how it turns out. Not sure how much they are changing it. The soundtrack should not be messed with, I hope they didn’t get too crazy there. Some of the gameplay could use some updating but I like the shooting/magic elements the way they were. I guess we shall see. Looking forward with fingers crossed.

  • Don’t censor it

  • Nice I understand now what this game is,was a lil confused by it and its name.I avoided the 1st Nier and seeing how this one is taking the approach of Automata I’m definitely getting it.

  • See I don’t count it as Nier’s “10th” anniversary, as the Nier universe was first in a game 18 years ago (soon). 😜

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