Given that the remake is named after the Japan-exclusive release, it’s safe to say we’ll be playing as a teenager for the first time in the West. The game follows Nier as they fight shades in a post-apocalyptic world, in a struggle to find a cure for the Black Scrawl, a disease affecting the protagonist’s sister.In the screenshots above you can see a selection of environments that have been given extra attention in the remaster, from vast deserts and verdant fields to a crumbling metropolis being overtaken by nature.
If you’re unfamiliar with Nier, it’s a spin-off series that hails from the Drakengard franchise of RPGs, helmed by mask-toting developer Yoko Taro. This remaster is being developed by Toylogic, and published by Square Enix.
The remake was announced at the end of March alongside a free-to-play mobile game called Nier Reincarnation, which is set to launch on iOS and Android. You can check out the announcement trailer below which will give you a better look at the game in motion.If this has piqued your interest and you’re looking to get into the Nier franchise, the sequel to Nier, Nier: Automata, was recently added to Xbox Game Pass. You don’t have to have played the original to enjoy it (I started with Automata too!).
Nier Replicant Ver. 1.22474487319 will launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Steam, though we’re still waiting on news about a release date for the game.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN who hopes he never has to write out the game’s title in full ever again. Follow him on Twitter.