Skip to main content

Square Enix reveals Nier Replicant upgrade, but not a remake or remaster

Square Enix revealed that Nier Replicant, the prequel to Nier Automata, will arrive on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC as part of the celebrations for the game’s 10-year anniversary.

The full name of the game is Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…, and according to the official Nier account on Twitter, is it already in development. The accompanying trailer to the announcement, however, does not reveal much beyond some gorgeous artwork from the game.

Related Videos
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139.../ニーア レプリカント ver.1.22474487139...: ティザートレーラー

Nier Replicant is being developed by Toylogic, in cooperation with Square Enix and Nier series developer Platinum Games. It will not be a remaster or a remake though, with Square Enix producer Yusuke Saito describing the new Nier Replicant as a “version up.”

Nier Replicant will be brought into modern gaming with new content, fully voiced lines, new music from the original composer, and the possibility of a new ending. Square Enix, however, did not reveal a specific release date for the upgraded game, and it is unclear if it will roll out this year in time for the original version’s 10th birthday.

Nier Replicant vs Nier Gestalt

While Nier Replicant is the prequel to Nier Automata, playing both games is not required to understand their stories. However, there has been some confusion on a major difference between Nier Replicant and Nier Gestalt, a different version of the game.

The game arrived in North America as Nier for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but in Japan, there were two versions. One was Nier Replicant for the PlayStation 3, and the other was Nier Gestalt for the Xbox 360.

In Nier Replicant and the upcoming upgrade, the titular protagonist was a teenage boy who goes on a quest to cure his sister of a deadly disease. Meanwhile, in Nier Gestalt, the version on which Nier for North America was based, players took control of a middle-aged man who goes on the same quest for his daughter. The game’s director, Yoko Taro, though that gamers outside of Japan would relate more with an older character.

Outside of the characters and some dialogue, there are no other significant changes between the two versions.

Nier Reincarnation

In addition to the Nier Replicant upgrade, Square Enix also released the trailer for Nier Reincarnation for Android and iOS. Not much is known about the mobile game, though with the description of a free-to-play RPG, it is expected to utilize microtransactions.

NieR Re[in]carnation (ニーア リィンカーネーション): TEASER TRAILER

Editors' Recommendations

The best upcoming Xbox Series X games: 2023 and beyond
A spacecraft in Starfield.

The Xbox Series X and Series S have now been out for over two years, bringing better resolution, higher frame rates, and ray tracing to gamers around the world. The upcoming Xbox Series X games on this list promise to continue to show off all those bells and whistles in fun, new experiences.

If you're eager to find out what Microsoft has in store for the years ahead, we've rounded up every game confirmed so far, including new offerings, franchise installments, and ports of existing titles. We're looking beyond the first-party projects here to encompass all the great games coming to this powerful piece of gaming hardware.

Read more
Don’t start the Resident Evil 4 remake before playing these 5 games
Saddler looms in front of amber in the Resident Evil 4 remake.

Capcom’s Resident Evil 4 remake is just a few days away and the anticipation couldn’t be higher. After a wave of glowing reviews, fans of the GameCube classic are ready to have their heads chainsawed off all over again. That wait will come to an end on Friday, March 24, but impatient players may find themselves looking for a way to kill the time until then.

If you’re in the boat, or simply want to properly prepare yourself for the remake, we’re here to help. Part of the Resident Evil 4 remake’s appeal is the way it engages with not just the original game or the series’ past, but the 20 years’ worth of gaming history that would follow it. With a game as important and influential as Resident Evil 4, you don’t need to go far to see how it impacted the action-adventure genre. The remake shines because it’s seemingly aware of that idea, examining the original through a modern lens.

Read more
Everything we know about Alan Wake 2
Alan Wake Looking Grizzly In Alan Wake 2.

The original Alan Wake is a game that went through quite a troubled development before it was finally released. After many iterations and changes in scope and direction, the final product was initially a cult hit, but didn't hit the mass market it needed -- at least not initially. After two DLC episodes, a sequel was in the works to build upon the first game and revive some of the elements that had to be cut from the first in order for it to ship, but this was ultimately not meant to be. The sequel was canceled and a smaller downloadable game, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, was released instead.

Since then, we hadn't heard from our intrepid writer until he showed up in a very unlikely place. Featured in the AWE expansion for a completely different game, Control, Alan was back in the picture. With a remaster of the initial game catching everyone up on his first appearance, now was the perfect time to announce that the long-awaited sequel was back in development. We haven't found all the manuscript pages yet, but here is everything we know about Alan Wake 2.

Read more