After a long wait, we finally got some brand new gameplay footage for the hotly anticipated remake of Nier Replicant. The original got released on the PlayStation 3, but it wasn’t until the sequel Nier Automata put the franchise on the map. After its success, many wanted to revisit the game that started it all. Sadly, it is nier-ly impossible to get your hands on the original copies. There is also the confusing aspect that the Western release was different from the Japanese version. We got a version titled Nier Gestalt, as the studio feared Western players wouldn’t connect with a young Anime character, so he was aged up, and the game released with two different versions. After a long wait, the official Nier Twitter account was nice enough to share 10 minutes of brand new gameplay for the upcoming remake.
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So today we're proud to present almost ten minutes of brand-new #NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… gameplay, get comfortable and enjoy 🍿
April 23rd is right around the corner… pic.twitter.com/eVDj8RmMYk
— NieR Series (@NieRGame) February 12, 2021
The game looks beautiful, and the revamped combat system certainly seems to take cues from Automata. It makes sense, as Platinum Games’ work on that game elevated its gameplay to a whole new level. The updated graphics also make the game truly shine. It is also our first official look at Kaine, who plays an essential part in the game’s iconic story. I love that they showcase one of the game’s boss battles to highlight how far the game has come from its original release in 2010. The entire franchise is a spin-off of a joke ending from the original Drakengard game. As such, it is canonically tied to that game franchise, which hasn’t seen a new game since 2013’s Drakengard 3. I cannot wait to get my hands on the game once it releases in April, which hopefully might also release alongside the Western release of the mobile game Nier Reincarnation, which is also still awaiting an official release date.