It seems the rumors that Square-Enix had big plans in store for NieR’s 10th anniversary were right on the money. Earlier this week, the publisher announced two new games for the series: NieR Reincarnation (a seemingly-new title for mobile devices) and NeiR Replicant, a remaster of the PS3 version of the game released in Europe back in 2010. That’s right, we’re getting the original NieR back in glorious HD, but it’s not going to be the one fans in the Americas remember.
The original NieR Replicant is the result of some rather odd circumstances. See, the original NieR is actually split into at least two distinct versions. The first is NeiR RepliCant, which released on PS3 in Japan and Europe. This version features the titular character as a young boy on a mission to keep a promise he made to his younger sister. The second is called Nier Gestalt, which was released in Europe on the Xbox 360 and later in the Americas for both platforms as just “NieR.” This version is more or less the same as NieR RepliCant, except that the main character is now an old man trying to save his daughter. Still with me, good.
At the time of this writing, the version coming to modern platforms, full title “NieR Replicant ver. 1.22474487139,” is a remaster of the original NeiR Replicant, featuring the younger version of the protagonist. This is going to be more of an enhanced remaster though; the publisher revealing that the game will feature new story content and features. This could mean that Old man Nier might be available to play too, but Square-Enix hasn’t shown any hint of that so far. Eccentricity has been a major part of this series’ history throughout its lifespan, and it looks like that quality is still very much alive and well. No release date yet, but you should definitely keep on eye on this one if you’re at all a fan of its pseudo-sequel, Nier: Automata.
What do you think? Are you psyched for more NieR are is this all just a confusing mess?
Image from the announcement trailer