Nier Replicant Remastered Releases April 2021

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.

 

Microsoft Acquires Bethesda Parent Company for $7.5 Billion

Microsoft Acquires Bethesda Parent Company for $7.5 Billion

Just one day before Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S preorders open, Microsoft have announced a game-changing acquisition. For $7.5 billion, Microsoft has entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. With this acquisition, Microsoft has nearly doubled their amount of internal game development studios and brought in a massive number of established IPs . Games like Starfield and any subsequent DOOMFallout, and Elder Scrolls titles are now set to launch on Xbox Game Pass, yet another selling point for the impossibly robust subscription service. This also means future titles from Arkane Studios, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, and more will be Microsoft published.

All this news is especially surprising in light of Bethesda’s recent exclusivity committments to PS5. Per Phil Spencer himself, Deathloop is to remain a timed-PS5 exclusive while there is still no word of whether Ghostwire Tokyo is coming to Xbox. Nonetheless, Microsoft has plenty of prospective Bethesda titles to look forward to. The long coveted (though as yet unseen) Starfield is already being touted as a frontline Xbox release, not to mention the ever profitable Elder Scrolls. With Obsidian being Microsoft owned as well, the chance of a Fallout: New Vegas follow-up is also immensely promising.

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Most cryptically, all sides of the Bethesda-Xbox deal have been speaking very carefully about what this acquisition means for Bethesda games coming to PS5. In a statement published today, Bethesda’s Executive Producer Todd Howard spoke of “[sharing] a deep belief in the fundamental power of games… and a belief [that] we should bring that to everyone – regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you play on.” In recent years, Xbox has taken a fairly hospitable approach with regards to their published titles coming to other platforms and it will be interesting to see if this tendency is mirrored in their distribution of Bethesda titles. Regardless, this is a major acquisition for Microsoft, announced just in time to spark anticipation for the Xbox Series X and Series S.

Watch the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase Tomorrow

Watch the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase Tomorrow

Nintendo just announced another Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, which will place on September 17, 2020, at 7 AM PST. The last Nintendo Direct Mini released in August, was only around 11-minutes long, and focused on third-party games, revealing games such as Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory and World of Tanks Blitz. What can we expect from September’s upcoming showcase?

 

Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase

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Based on the last two Nintendo Direct Minis, the runtime for the livestream won’t be much longer than 10 minutes. The one that streamed back in July was only a total of eight minutes in length and only featured a handful of announcements. That doesn’t mean it can’t be longer (or even shorter), but that would be quite a surprise. Don’t expect to see any first-party games at tomorrow morning’s event, since the showcase will only focus on Nintendo’s publishing partners’ games. This means no Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC news or anything about the next Legend of Zelda.

We may hear something about Square Enix’s Bravely Default II, since the end of the year is approaching and it was scheduled to release in 2020. There may be some ports from games that are available on PS4 and Xbox One and potentially some new indie titles. There are only so many things Nintendo will get to in this short video, especially if they’re going to continue to make these showcases a monthly event.

What do you hope to see revealed at September’s Nintendo Direct Mini? Are your expectations too high and in need of some proper management? Are you just hoping to see Nintendo fail? Maybe your expectations are just right. We’ll offer a recap of what gets announced tomorrow if you’re not able to watch live. Until then, keep your eyes fixed on Sick Critic for all your latest game news, reviews, and features.

Twin Mirror Gets a Release Date, Gameplay Trailer

Twin Mirror Gets a Release Date, Gameplay Trailer

DONTNOD has put out a new gameplay video for the much-anticipated Twin Mirror along with a release date for the game. Twin Mirror will be releasing on December 1, 2020, and will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC, but will also release on PS4 and Xbox One on the same date.

The game can be currently pre-ordered on the Epic Games Store for $34.99, which comes with the digital soundtrack on launch day.

Twin Mirror Gameplay Trailer

Twin Mirror was announced back at E3 2018, with DONTNOD going silent for a while before resurfacing with new information in 2020. The game is centered around protagonist Sam Higgs, who must go back to Basswood, West Virginia, and investigate a mystery through supernatural abilities.

The player can use these abilities to reenact past events and piece together what happened in specific areas and make decisions that will affect the outcome of the game’s narrative. You can check out some of the gameplay and cutscenes for Twin Mirror in the gameplay trailer embedded above.

DONTNOD gained popularity after releasing Life Is Strange, and have since released several other games in the series, as well as Vampyr and Tell Me Why, which launched this year.

They’re mostly known for releasing games in several episodes, but Twin Mirror will be a complete, one-time release. Will you be picking up DONTNOD’s new, psychological thriller? Sound off in the comments and keep it locked to Sick Critic for more gaming news, reviews, and exclusive features.

Sony Announces PlayStation 5 Showcase Event for September 16th

Sony Announces PlayStation 5 Showcase Event for September 16th

On a brisk Saturday morning, Sony dropped the megaton announcement everyone has been waiting for: another PlayStation 5 event. Coming off the heels of Microsoft’s Xbox Series S announcement earlier this week, Sony’s event will primarily focus on the PlayStation 5’s launch lineup from their Worldwide Studios and development partners. The event will air on Wednesday 1 PM PDT/4 PM EST/9 PM BST/10 PM CEST and will last for a hefty 40 minutes or so. Some games featured in this showcase will release after the console launch period. While Sony has not confirmed this themselves, we can also expect to finally see the price, release date, and pre-order information for the PS5, so make sure you prime those wallets!

Most if not all games featured in this showcase were likely previously revealed at Sony’s Future of Gaming event back in June, so definitely expect to see gameplay footage for Spider-Man: Miles MoralesRatchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Demon Souls, Bugsnax, and other exclusive titles. Dates for many games could very likely be revealed as well, so mark your calendars for the games you’re most looking forward to!

It is also implied that this is the last major event Sony will host prior to the console’s launch. Therefore, any unanswered questions about the PS5, such as the UI and upgrade programs, will probably be covered via official blog posts or isolated YouTube videos later in the year. It seems likely that this event is focused on the games and release information for the PS5, so it is probably best to keep expectations in check.

What are you most looking forward to from this showcase event? Do you expect to see any unannounced games to make a surprise appearance? Let us know in the comments below! As always, be sure to tune in to Sick Critic for all news and updates coming from this PS5 event, as well as every next-generation announcement before the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series platforms.

Undertale Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Online Concert

Undertale Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Online Concert

It’s hard to believe it, but Undertale is about to celebrate its 5th anniversary since its initial launch on PC. The surprise indie hit gained a large following and critical acclaim when it launched back in 2015. A free online concert featuring some of Undertale’s music is going to be streamed as part of the upcoming celebration.

 

Undertale 5th Anniversary Concert

Undertale Online Concert

Creator Toby Fox has announced “Undertale 5th Anniversary Concert Stream,” premiering on the official Undertale YouTube channel on September 15 at 7 PM PST. The stream is being organized by Fangamer and 8-4 and will air “Concert footage remastered from MUSIC Engine’s “7th Concert” performance held on May 6, 2019 at Suntory Hall in Tokyo.”

In addition, there will be a release of new Undertale merchandise available through Fangamer’s website. One particular piece of merchandise fans might want to keep an eye out for is a shirt designed by Toby Fox himself. The sales of the shirt will help raise support for the “United Way Covid-19 response and recovery funds.” The design hasn’t been revealed yet but it’s sure to be zany and charming.

Undertale 5th Anniversary

Additionally, Famitsu just released an issue featuring Undertale’s success. The issue is currently only available in Japanese, but Toby promises to give some updates about what’s inside the covers.

Toby Fox is busy working on his next video game, Deltarune, of which he released the first chapter back in 2018 for free. There are some tidbits related to the game in the Famitsu issue, so keep a lookout for those in the near future. We’ll keep you updated as the game’s development progresses and it gets closer to the eventual, elusive release.

Will you be attending the online concert for Undertale’s 5th anniversary? Let us know in the comments and keep your eyes glued to Sick Critic for more updates on all things Undertale and Deltarune.

Ubisoft Announces Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake

Ubisoft Announces Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake

Just a few hours after making a conspicuous and accidental appearance on UPlay, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake has been formally announced. Quickly becoming one of the more polarizing events at today’s Ubisoft Forward, the remake’s trailer shows a game that may be a bit too faithful to its 2003 source material. The environments vividly resemble the labyrinthine architecture of the original game, but the remade character models have left many players scratching their heads. Prince of Persia was last seen on the market in 2010 and fans have been quick to remark that this remake doesn’t necessarily look current or next gen.

Also of note is the fact that the entire Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time trilogy was previously released together in remastered form for the PS3, whereas Ubisoft have now decided to just remake the first and release it for $40. This is an approach that proved fruitful for Destroy All Humans earlier this year, but could rub fans the wrong way if they view this remake as a cynical way to gauge interest in the IP. Nonetheless, the acrobatic swordplay-platforming balance defining this franchise still remains unique and has strong potential to win over a new audience.

The trailer is primarily cinematic, featuring brief interjections of combat and parkour gameplay. You’re as reliant on wall-running and fast paced puzzle solving as ever, with the classic controls retained or able to be switched out for a modernized version. The titular Sands of Time still allow you to rewind time to undo past mistakes and experiment with your surrounding environments. The Prince’s original voice actor Yuri Lowenthal is once again on board, and time will tell how faithful or modified the game’s narrative will be. Even if Ubisoft didn’t necessarily put their best foot forward with this trailer, we can hope that subsequent gameplay footage wins fans over. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake will be available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on January 21st, 2020.

Crytivo Blasts Space Robinson onto Nintendo Switch

Crytivo Blasts Space Robinson onto Nintendo Switch

Crytivo, the indie publisher that’s responsible for The Universim, Turmoil, and Beholder, announced on Thursday that Space Robinsons has arrived on Nintendo Switch. Developer Luxorix Games has put together a chaotic and exciting bullet hell that resembles great games like Enter the Gungeon.

 

Space Robinson Gameplay

 

Levels are procedurally generated and contain day and night cycles. Furthermore, it incorporates a loot system that includes crystals, artifacts, and more. Along the way, you can summon companions that take the shape of a loot-snatching raccoon, a good doggo turned hell hound, and a flying pig. With this, we will hopefully get a final verdict on what will happen when pigs fly.

 

Leveling up, crafting, and simply surviving take center stage in Space Robinsons. It’s meant to test the patience and skill of the bold who desire a true challenge from their video games. Space Robinsons is blasting onto Nintendo Switch at $9.99.

 

ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights Coming Winter 2020 as Binary Haze Interactive’s First Title

ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights Coming Winter 2020 as Binary Haze Interactive’s First Title

Brand-new publisher Binary Haze Interactive has revealed its first project, ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights. The game focuses on a dark atmosphere and narrative, the center of which is Lily. As the last priestess to survive a terrible rain that turns people into undead, Lily will attempt to discover the source of the rain. Along the way, Lily will purify the undead and recruit their spirits to aid her in her journey.

 

ENDER LILIES Quietus of the Knights Screenshot

 

 

Binary Haze Interactive is taking ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights as their first published game, a title developed by their sister companies Live Wire and Adglobe. Binary Haze Interactive was established in June 2020 and is already off to a flying start. More game announcements are supposedly coming in 2021.

 

Players will be able to experience Binary Haze Interactive’s first title through steam and consoles winter 2020. Learn more by following @EnderLiliesGame on Twitter.

 

Xbox Series X Finally Has a Release Date and Price Point

Xbox Series X Finally Has a Release Date and Price Point

After years of rumors and fierce speculation, Microsoft has finally revealed the release date for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on Twitter. This comes right off the heels of yesterday’s announcement of the Xbox Series S and its price point of $299. Both consoles will launch simultaneously on November 10, 2020, with several purchase options for consumers.

 

Xbox Series X Price

Xbox Series X

Microsoft has priced the Xbox Series X at $499 as the final retail price. The pricing is what has been expected, but there is also a financing option available through their Xbox All Access program. If you pick Xbox Series X, you will also receive 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and EA Play Membership for $34.99 a month for 24 months. A similar option is available for the Xbox Series S, including both the Xbox and EA memberships, and is priced at $24.99 for 24 months. Pre-orders for the next-gen Xbox consoles will go up on September 22 and will surely sell out fast; a specific time hasn’t been announced, so keep an eye out for news on that.

Both memberships include access to games on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC, and even mobile devices. These financing options should bring in additional consumers who might be put off by the upfront costs of a new console. Microsoft seems to be banking on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate as the core factor in their Xbox brand’s success this generation.

Sony has yet to announce the release date or price point of their PlayStation 5, but we should be hearing about both really soon, especially after Microsoft’s sudden reveal.

What do you think about the pricing for Microsoft’s next-gen consoles? Will you be picking up either console or will you wait it out until Sony announces the PS5’s price? Sound off in the comments and keep it locked on to Sick Critic for the latest gaming news, reviews, and features.