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Nier Replicant Remastered Releases April 2021

With Nier: Automata raising the franchise’s profile immensely, it only makes sense that its predecessor would gain a second life. Square Enix is turning this wish into a reality with the impending release of Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139…, a remaster of the original Nier that started it all. Upon its initial release in 2010, Nier built a small but passionate fanbase for its vivid worldbuilding, hindered by some homely visual design. This makes the game a perfect candidate for a remaster, whose sweeping graphical improvements will no doubt introduce the game to some new fans. As the cherry on top, Nier Replicant will also boast some newly illustrated characters and a re-recorded soundtrack.

 

The game is set to release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 23rd, 2021 with a lofty collector’s edition exclusively sold at the Square Enix Store. This will include a two-disc soundtrack CD set, a seven-book script set, some character-themed pin badges, and a stylized steelbook case. Outside of the collector’s edition, all preordered editions of Nier Replicant will still contain digital copies of selections from the game’s soundtrack, not to mention a game that is substantial in its own right. Given that Nier Replicant takes place four thousand years before Nier: Automata, there are major aesthetic differences between each game that may surprise newcomers. For those who have only played Nier: Automata, the Nier experience is made complete by playing both games, making Nier Replicant worth any fan’s while.

 

Promotional image of Nier Replicant displaying the contents of the game's collector's edition

Image courtesy of Square Enix

 

More than ten years after Nier‘s original release, it will be a pleasure to return to a fully remastered version. Nier matches its cerebral storytelling with daring gameplay variety moving from hack-and-slash to bullet-hell in ways no other game has matched. As one of the first announcements made at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, the exhibition is already off to a lively start.

 

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