First announced back in March, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… (which we’ll refer to simply as Nier Replicant from here on out) is a high-def remaster of the original 2010 Nier.
Square Enix is calling this “a modern re-telling of the classic RPG that features updated visuals, new character illustrations by Nier: Automata character designer Akihiko Yoshida, and even a newly recorded soundtrack by composer Keiichi Okabe.”
Opening Cinematic Revealed – February 24
Check out the new, remade version of the game's opening cinematic below.
Nier Replicant release date
The remaster comes out April 23, 2021.
Nier Replicant’s story premise
Given that Nier Replicant is based on a version of the original game released exclusively in Japan, it’s probably best to think of this simply as a prequel to 2017’s acclaimed Nier: Automata.
“The protagonist is a kind young man living in a remote village,” publisher Square Enix writes. “In order to save his sister Yonah, who fell terminally ill to the Black Scrawl, he sets out with Grimoire Weiss, a strange talking tome, to search for the ‘Sealed Verses.’”
Nier Replicant platforms and price
Both editions of the game are available for pre-order.
The game will launch on PS4, Xbox One, and Steam for $59.99 USD.
Nier Replicant White Snow collector’s edition
The White Snow Edition costs $159.99 and comes with the following:
- “Lunar Tear” collector’s box
- Steelbook case featuring art by Koda Kazuma
- A set of Grimoire Weiss, Grimoire Noir, and Grimoire Rubrum pins
- Seven books, including the game’s spoken script
- A special hard case by character designer Akihiko Yoshida
- Two-disc soundtrack; disc two is exclusive to the White Snow box
It’s available exclusively from the Square Enix Store.