Next April, those who missed out on the original Nier the first time around will get a second chance. Nier Replicant's remaster, dubbed "ver. 1.22474487139…" will launch on April 23, 2021 in the U.S.
Announced today during Square Enix's Tokyo Game Show event, where they had a "decent amount of new info" to share, the Nier time solidified the date for Replicant's remake. It also unveiled the box art, collector's edition, and some new gameplay, which you can find in the archive embedded below.
Nier Replicant is the first game in the Nier series, itself an offshoot of Drakengard. Replicant is the other version of Nier Gestalt, the version that was simply called "Nier" in the U.S. release. The main difference is in the lead character, as well as other pieces of the story and when it takes place, and this will be the first time the west gets to experience the Replicant version.
This remaster, announced earlier this year, seems like a good opportunity for newfound fans of Nier and Yoko Taro to discover the series' roots. It's not hard to imagine a few people got into this series through 2017's absolutely stellar Nier: Automata—I was one of them, after all—and in April, those folks will have a modern way of delving into the series' history.
Nier Replicant's remaster will also be getting a "White Snow Edition," a collector's edition with a soundtrack, pin set, scripts, and a steelbook case. Despite launching in April of next year, Nier Replicant will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.