Nier Replicant Launches April 23

Okay, so this isn’t exactly breaking news, but I’m still feeling pretty excited about this announcement. It was a pretty pleasant surprise when Square Enix announced that they would be bringing the original Nier back with upgraded visuals (and more?), so it’s going to be kind of a hard wait until Nier Replicant launches in April.

Video from YouTube channel: Square Enix

Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139 (kind of excessive, yeah?) is a remake of the Japanese/European version of the original game. This version features a very similar story to the American release, but the protagonist is a boy trying to save his sister rather than a father trying to save his daughter. Why are there two different versions at all? Good question. Ask Yoko Taro, the director for these games.

In addition to the official release date announcement, it was revealed that Nier Replicant will be getting the special edition treatment. Fans who want to get all the Nier goodies they possibly can can spend a bit of extra money for the “White Snow” Edition at the Square-Enix Store. This version of the game is about $160 and contains the following:

“‘Lunar Tear’ Collector’s Box

• Steelbook Case – A metal case featuring stunning artwork by Illustrator Koda Kazuma.

• Pin Badge Set – Grimoire Weiss, Grimoire Noir, and Grimoire Rubrum pins presented in a specialized display case. Exclusive to the White Snow Edition.

• Script Set – A set of seven books including the content of the spoken script of the game, exclusive to the White Snow Edition. Packaged in a special hard case, featuring unique cover art by character designer Akihiko Yoshida. Available in English only.

• Soundtrack CD Set – A two-disc collection – one disc featuring tracks from NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… specifically edited for this set, and a second disc featuring special arrangements, overseen by Keiichi Okabe, of select tracks that are exclusive to the White Snow Edition. The set is presented in a premium Grimoire Weiss-inspired package.”

It’s at least a decent amount of stuff for the price, but it’s your call as to whether or not it’s worth it.

Are you looking forward to this game? Did you enjoy its pseudo-sequel Nier Automata?

image from the Nier Replicant Promotional website