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The Original Nier is Getting the Rerelease We've Been Waiting For
By Yung Namahage • 2 months ago • 8 comments

I know I'm not the only fan of Nier Automata here. I can think of a couple reasons why it's so popular, but how many of us can say we've played the original Nier? Let alone the Drakengard series that started it all.

A decade ago, Square Enix's RPG Nier went under a lot of people's radars, myself included. The thing I remember the most are the weird platform differences. So the PS3 version, Nier Replicant, had a young eponymous protagonist on a quest to save his sister Yonah, but the 360 version Nier Gestalt starred an older Nier and Yonah was his daughter instead. This gets more confusing when you take into account that the worlwide release is the same as the Japanese 360 version, even on PS3, meaning Replicant has never been available outside of Japan. Not yet, anyway!

Square Enix have announced that they're remaking Nier Replicant for PS4, Xbox One and PC under the concise name of NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139, and it's being developed by Square and Toylogic in conjunction. Producer Yosuke Saito wants to avoid the term remake or remaster, preferring to call it a 'version up.' Whatever you call it, it'll have newly recorded dialogue & music, new characters and maybe even a new ending. Check the trailer here:

So if you want to see what happened well before the events of Automata, including the backstories of characters like Emil, Devola and Popola, you won't have to wait much longer. There's no announced release date just yet, but I'm guessing it won't be long seeing as the game's 10 year anniversary is this year.

Have you played the OG Nier? What did you think of it? Are you hyped for a 'version up'? Let us know below!