On Sunday, Square Enix announced that they will be releasing a remaster of cult-classic NieR Replicant for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The new version, NieR Replicant 1.22474487139…, is being developed by ToyLogic in conjunction with NieR and NieR: Automata director Yoko Taro, composer Keiichi Okabe, and producer Yosuke Saito. Takahisa Taura of PlatinumGames will also be involved in some form.
The first NieR was originally split into two versions, NieR: Gestalt for the Xbox 360, and NieR: Replicant for the PS3. However, only NieR: Gestalt received a Western release and was simply titled NieR. The main difference between the two versions was that each game featured a different protagonist.
While NieR originally received a somewhat tepid critical response, it went on to receive a passionate following largely due to the strength of its storytelling and soundtrack. The game would later receive a followup in the form of NieR: Automata, which garnered widespread acclaim. NieR is a spinoff of the Drakengard series, also directed by Yoko Taro.
As for what is confirmed to be updated, the new game will feature re-recorded dialogue, as well as re-recorded and new tracks from Keiichi Okabe. New characters voiced by the voice actors for 2B and 9S from NieR: Automata were also teased. However, those looking for a full-scale remake, such as what Square Enix is doing with Final Fantasy VII, should check their expectations somewhat, as Square Enix producer Yusuke Saito calls the game a “version up”.
The announcement of the remake has continued to stoke hopes for an assumed sequel to NieR: Automata, but that has yet to be confirmed in any fashion.