The “A Decent Amount Of New Info” stream for the NieR series concluded earlier today, unsurprisingly revealing a decent amount of new info. We got a better look at the changes coming to NieR Replicant, a brief NieR Re[in]carnation teaser, and a bunch of new products were shown off.
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…
Information on the confusingly titled NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… made up the bulk of the stream. The team opened with a short trailer, revealing some of the game’s remastered areas and new artwork.
It was revealed that NieR Replicant ver.1.22 will be launching April 22 2021 for PS4 and Xbox One in Japan, exactly 11 years after the original game. The worldwide release is a day later on April 23, arriving the same time as the Steam version.
Also unveiled was the White Snow Edition, which includes pins, seven script books, and a two disk soundtrack featuring songs from the game and covers by other musicians. During the stream it sounded like the contents of the Western White Snow Edition weren’t finalised, though it looks like we’ll be getting everything from the Japanese version. It’ll cost a hefty £149.99/$159.99/159.99€.
Finally, there was a small gameplay segment detailing the ver.1.22’s new combat mechanics. Animations look much smoother than the original NieR, and the general speed of combat is closer to NieR: Automata. Magic has also seen some quality of life changes. Magic attacks can now be charged while moving or using melee attacks, and they’re also useable midair.
Not much was shown off during this section outside of a new promo trailer, giving a brief overview of the game’s main cast
A pre-registration campaign was also revealed, with goals for up to 1,000,000 registrations. Each goal hit will reward players with free items at launch.
Speaking of releases, NieR Re[in]carnation will be making its way to Europe and North America at some point. No release date was given for these versions, so we’ll have to wait for more info.
NieR: Automata and other info
NieR: Automata has reached 4,850,000 units sold, with the team joking about it being such an odd number to celebrate. They hoped that the ongoing 50% off sale during Tokyo Game Show will help push them past 5 million sales.
A huge NieR: Automata statue was shown off as well, aiming for a Winter 2021 release. Due to its size, this will probably not come cheap.
Rounding out the stream was a October 28 release date for the latest concert Blu-ray. Taking place March 29, the concert had no audience due to current pandemic, so they were able to place cameras in ways usually not possible. A New NieR stage play will also be taking place in Japan on December 3, featuring an all-female cast.
The team ended the stream by mentioning that new NieR merchandise would be shown off in the next few days. They also hinted that the Emil/Yoko Taro puppet that voice actor Hiroki Yasumoto was wearing during the stream would possibly go on sale in the future.
Overall, a decent 50 minutes of info. It’ll be hard to wait seven months for the release of NieR Replicant ver.1.22, but what was shown looked great.
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