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.
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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