Nier: Replicant, an Upgraded Version of the Original Nier, Coming West

The West is getting Nier: Replicant, Automata's prequel, for the first time, with some new features thrown in for good measure.

Square Enix dropped a surprise over the weekend, announcing Nier: Replicant is coming West for the first time. It's set to launch at some point on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.

Because it's a Nier game, it's no surprise the official title is Nier: Replicant ver. 1.22474487139. Nier: Replicant isn't a full remake or remaster; instead, it's an upgrade. It'll feature new voiced lines, some new content, and orchestral remasters. According to a Famitsu interview with producer Yosuke Saito (as translated by HDKirin) there may or may not be a new ending as well.

Nier is a bit complicated with all its various endings and branching paths, but here's the gist of what Replicant is. It's Nier: Automata's prequel and was a Japanese-only release. The story follows a brother trying desperately to save his sister's life from a creeping darkness in the series' staple post-apocalyptic setting. The West got Nier Gestalt, which was essentially the same story told from a father's standpoint instead of a brother's.

That's all we know about Nier: Replicant for now, but you can check out the original press release on Square Enix's press site. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nier: Replicant news as it develops.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Mar. 30th 2020

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