Square Enix held a 10-hour livestream in celebration of the original Nier being 10 years old, and during that livestream the publisher announced that the original Nier will be re-released on PS4, Xbox One and PC, and that it’ll be released under the title of Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139.
I’ve always said that Japanese naming conventions are at best weird, and at worst downright annoying. Honestly, why the weird name? How is it going to look on the game’s case, if Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139 gets a physical release. It’s just odd, no?
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There is at least some logic to the barmy name, according to the developers. Nier originally released in the west as a single game, but in Japan, it was broken up into two games; Nier Gestalt and Nier Replicant. The second game never made its way to the west, so this re-release will be a completely new experience for almost all players outside of Japan, with only the hardcore importers being the ones to have played it in these parts of the world.
Also, according to the developers, Nier Replicant (I’m dropping the numbers) is neither a re-master or a remake, but more of a rebuild, hence the weird number in the game’s name. It’s weird, but it’s Japanese, so it’s kind of expected, isn’t it?
There’s a fancy trailer up above that doesn’t really show much of anything, but for fans, it’ll be enough to get the nose wet. There’s no release date as of yet, but the aim is for the game to release sometime this year.