Over the weekend, Square Enix announced a remaster of Nier: Replicant. The predecessor to 2017's critically acclaimed Automata, the remaster is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Nier: Replicant follows a brother desperate to cure his sister of a mysterious illness. If you've played Nier: Automata, you'll likely recognise the returning whimsical shopkeeper, Emil, as a major character in Replicant. As of right now, there's no release window for the remaster from Square Enix.
#NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., an upgraded version of the original, is now in development for #PS4, #Xbox One and #Steam!— NieR Series (@NieRGame) March 29, 2020
Enter an apocalyptic world as you play as a brother on a quest to cure his sister of a deadly disease in this unique action RPG. pic.twitter.com/aKkebNjfI3
I actually know next to nothing about the previous Nier games before 2017's Nier Automata. There are l two games, Nier: Gestalt and Nier: Replicant, the former of which was released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 and featured an older protagonist, while the latter was only ever released in Japan, and featured a younger boy as the protagonist instead.
The only exposure I've actually had to the Nier series was attending the Nier: Automata concert earlier this year in London. Despite the name, the concert's entire first half focused on music from Nier: Replicant, retelling the story of the game through the wonderful score.
Note that this isn't the final announcement that PlatinumGames, a subset of Square Enix, has to make. On Wednesday, April 1, there's set to be one final announcement from Platinum, completing the series of reveals that included The Wonderful 101: Remastered, Project G.G., and a new studio in Tokyo.