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NieR Replicant Ver.1.22474487139... Release Date, Trailer, And Gameplay - What We Know So Far

NieR originally divided fans and critics when it was released in 2010, but now, thanks to the deviously clever NieR: Automata, the series has become truly iconic. In light of NieR: Automata's success, visionary director Yoko Taro decided to remaster NieR: Replicant under the name NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...

While it's not the only project Taro is currently working on, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... promises to bring NieR to a whole new audience that might have missed it on the PS3 and Xbox 360. 

Taro has more than a simple visual overhaul in store for NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., though, and NieR fans want to know what they can expect from their favorite quirky game director. Details about NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... have slowly emerged, building excitement in the NieR fanbase and creating speculation about what changes might be coming to the game. With NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...'s release right around the corner, here are the details gamers know so far.

What is NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...'s release date?

Square Enix's official site lists the release date for NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... as April 23, 2021, putting the release almost exactly 11 years after the launch date of the original game. NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Square Enix describes this new version of the game as having "masterfully revived visuals," giving it a much needed facelift from its PS3 days. 

The story promises to engage players, too. NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... follows a "kind young man living in a remote village" who journeys into the world to find a cure for his sick sister Yonah. The protagonist is joined by a talking book and a cast of strange characters, each with their own story and motivations. Square Enix's listing doesn't describe the world of NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... in detail, but it does offer up various screenshots of the setting of the game.

Does NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... have a trailer?

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... actually has several trailers, including a teaser trailer and a lengthier look at the game. The teaser trailer is definitely more cryptic, telling viewers of a "thousand year lie" that pervaded the world deep enough to last for "an eternity."

The longer trailer for NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... does not provide a more in-depth view of the game's story, but it does include clips of voice acting. The voice acting, paired with more dynamic shots of characters, give players a great look at NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...'s remaster. The graphics are gorgeous, the story seems bizarre and intriguing, and NieR: Automata fans that missed the original game should be taking note. 

On April Fool's Day in 2021, Square Enix also released a different sort of trailer for NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139.... This look at the game calls it a "slow life RPG," similar to Stardew Valley or Harvest Moon. Of course, this trailer was ultimately a joke, but it made fans wonder what NieR might offer as a different sort of game.

What will NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...'s gameplay be like?

Square Enix hasn't confirmed anything about NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...'s gameplay just yet, and the gameplay section on its official website is currently empty. However, some members of the press have gotten a sneak peek at the game ahead of time, and have thoughts on how the new release's overhauled combat enhances the experience.

The Washington Post's Gene Park, who played a final version of the game, said that NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... brought the innovative, fun combat from NieR: Automata to the entry. Park felt that NieR originally lacked dynamic gameplay, and that adding a bit of Bayonetta-esque hack and slash to the older game made it nearly perfect. 

Gamers will have to wait a little longer to find out the full details of NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...'s gameplay. For now, it seems that NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... will provide some much needed context for those who never got to play NieR: Automata's predecessor.