During the NieR 10th Anniversary concert, Square Enix has announced a NieR Replicant remaster set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The official title of the remaster looks to be 'NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...' and was called a 'version upgrade'. While it has not officially been announced for the West yet, it's likely only a matter of time before we get the inevitable confirmation. For what it's worth, the number in the title is √(3/2).
In 2010, the original Nier launched in two forms in Japan - NieR Gestalt on Xbox 360 and NieR Replicant on PS3. The main difference between the two was that the 360 version had an older main character - and the international release for both platforms was entirely based on this version. The remaster looks to be of NieR Replicant, meaning it features the younger protagonist and that this remaster is a version of the game that western audiences haven't yet experienced. The core of the game is the same, however.
Update: Square Enix has confirmed an English release via the official NieR Twitter account. It looks like the remaster will solely focus on the Replicant version. The YouTube embed below has been replaced with the English channel version.
A teaser trailer can be found below, and the official website is here. It is being developed by ToyLogic, as the original developer, Cavia, is now defunct.
In the year of the 10th anniversary of NieR, we are announcing that the cult classic third-person action-RPG NieR Replicant, is to be rebuilt for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (STEAM) as NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...
NieR Replicant is the prequel of the critically acclaimed success NieR:Automata.
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... invites players into a dark, apocalyptic world as they join a brother’s captivating quest to cure his sister of a deadly disease - a quest which will in turn make them question everything.
Developed in collaboration with Toylogic, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... brings together an all-star team including acclaimed director, YOKO TARO (Drakengard / NieR:Automata), composer Keiichi Okabe (TEKKEN / Drakengard / NieR:Automata), and producer Yosuke Saito (DRAGON QUEST X / NieR:Automata).
Square Enix's Yosuke Saito, the producer of the NieR series, responded "I don't even know" when asked if the remaster will have a different ending. Additionally, composer Keiichi Okabe has re-recorded all its songs as well as added new songs for the project. Takahisa Taura from PlatinumGames is also involved with the remaster in some capacity.
The game's Japanese voices will be re-recorded, and the voice cast is as follows (note 'Nier' here refers to the 'brother' version of Nier, the character):
- Child Nier: Nobuhiko Okamoto
- Nier: Kōji Yusa
- Yonah: Ai Nonaka
- Grimoire Weiss: Hiroki Yasumoto
- Emil: Mai Kadowaki
The Japanese actors for 2B and 9S from NieR: Automata have been teased to play some role in the remaster, though if it relates to those same characters has not been stated. However, a 'new character' has been very lightly teased.
NieR was an acquired taste back when it originally released in 2010, but thanks to the wild success of its incredible sequel, NieR: Automata, the game is now getting the re-release many fans have been calling for.
Separate from the remaster announcement, Square Enix also announced NieR Re[in]carnation, a mobile phone title developed by Applibot with character designs by CyDesignation (Akihiko Yoshida, character designer for NieR: Automata).
A teaser trailer can be found below, and the official website for the game can be found here.