April 4, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment
Earlier this week, Square Enix announced NieR Replicant ver 1.22474487139… for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
This is an upgraded version of the original Nier, an action RPG that was released in 2010, seven years before its highly-praised sequel, Nier: Automata.
Nier had two versions when it came out in Japan, Nier Gestalt for the Xbox 360 and Nier Replicant for the PlayStation 3. The two games were nearly identical, with the only difference being the protagonist. Gestalt starred an older man trying to save his daughter, while Replicant starred a younger man trying to save his sister. All other details remained consistent across both versions.
Only Nier Gestalt was localized, for both consoles. However, the upcoming remaster of Nier Replicant has been announced for the west as well as Japan.
NieR Replicant ver 1.22474487139… will feature re-recorded audio, a new character, and other new additions. The voice actors for 2B and 9S from Nier: Automata will play a small role, although the details of this are still unknown. Fans have wondered if a remaster might introduce “Ending E,” a fifth ending not present in the original game but detailed in supplementary material. However, it’s undecided at this point if the Nier remaster will include additional endings or not.
The string of numbers included in the remaster’s title, 1.22474487139, is the square root of 1.5. The significance of this is unknown.
A mobile game called Nier Re[in]carnation has also been announced for iOS and Android. Few details about it have been revealed so far, but producer Yosuke Saito explained they are approaching it more as if it was to be a multiplatform release and are more interested in “[causing] a stir]” than making a profit.
Director Yoko Taro described Nier Re[in]carnation as “quite new and puzzling” and “a strangely startling type of game.” A western release has not been announced yet.
Finally, the Nier: Automata Become As Gods Edition for the Xbox One is now available through Xbox Game Pass, so Xbox One owners with an active Game Pass subscription can download and play this much-praised action RPG.Tags: nier, nier automata, nier reincarnation, nier replicant, square enix