At the Tokyo Game Show, a remake of Nier 1, Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139, has had its release date announced for next year.
The game is based on the exclusive Nier Replicant PS3 version that was released exclusively in Japan. Apparently, the characters, story, and sound were praised by fans, and with the sequel doing much better (they announcnued it passed 4.85m sales today) and gaining more attention they want to redo it with better gameplay.
The game follows the fifth ending of the original Drakengard, and will feature fully voiced dialogue compared to the partially-voiced original. They are re-recording previous dialogue to allow voice actors more nuance in their performances.
There is a completely rearranged soundtrack by Keiichi Okabe with new songs included. Returning songs will have compositions that are different from previous arrangements found in albums and concert performances. For instance, Emil's Song will have a revised chorus section.
Areas familiar with players will have a greater sense of scope and exploration, weapon stories have been expanded, and new scenarios have been added.
If you want to preorder the game, each version has different bonus items included. For the PS4 version, you'll get the Mini Soundtrack, Dynamic Theme, and Avatar Set. The Xbox One version will only have the Mini Soundtrack, while the Steam version will have the Mini Soundtrack and Wallpaper Set.
However, if you want to preorder the game from the Square Enix store, you can get the exclusive "Lunar Tear" Collector's Box that comes with a Steelbook Case, Pin Badge Set, Script Set (which is a set of seven books that contains the spoken script for the game), and the Soundtrack CD set, which contains two CD's. It costs $159.99, is available for PS4, Xbox One, and Steam, and can be found here.
Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139 will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on April 23, 2021 in America and Europe. It will be released on April 22, 2021 in Japan to mark the 10th year anniversary.
What do you think of this news? Are you looking forward to replaying the first Nier title? Have you played either Nier game? Let us know in the comments!