NieR Replicant Upgrade Rated In Taiwan

NieR Replicant Upgrade Rated In Taiwan

The PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of NieR Repilcant ver.1.22474487139… have been rated in Taiwan, which likely means we'll be hearing more about the game soon.

NieR Repilcant ver.1.22474487139… has been rated in Taiwan, which suggests we’ll be hearing more about the game soon.

As spotted by Gematsu, all three versions of the title (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC) have received a rating, coming in just about five months after the current-gen upgrade was announced. NieR’s rating is now the latest in a continuing trend where Taiwan’s ratings board has given an inadvertent “heads up” on upcoming games. In April, the board let slip that definitive editions of Mafia II and Mafia III were on the way. Then in June, the board leaked the existence of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time a few days before Activision and developer Toys For Bob made their official announcement.

Revealed in March as part of a 10-hour long, 10th anniversary livestream for the franchise, NieR Repilcant ver.1.22474487139 (yes, that is the actual title) is an upgraded version of the 2010, Japan-only PlayStation 3 release. With NieR’s big 3 in director Yoko Taro, composer Keiichi Okabe, and Square Enix producer Yosuke Saito back at the helm, development is being  handled by Toylogic, a studio that previously assisted in the development of Dragon Quest XI’s Nintendo 3DS version, The Evil WithinKid Icarus: Uprising, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

PlatinumGames’ Takahisa Taura, who was the senior game designer for the series’ breakout hit NieR: Automata and director of the 2019 Nintendo Switch exclusive Astral Chain, is supervising Replicant’s combat to see it brought more up to speed with Automata. Taura, however, isn’t directly involved with the project. Concept artist Kazuma Koda also returned from NieR: Automata after working with Intelligent Systems and Nintendo on Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Replicant was one of the two versions of NieR that launched back in 2010. Exclusive to the PS3, Replicant focuses on a younger protagonist named Nier who is in search of a cure for his ill sister, Yonah. The Xbox 360, meanwhile, received a version dubbed Gestalt, which follows the same story, but on a different timeline and with an older version of Nier that changes the relationship dynamic with Yonah from brother and sister to father and daughter.

Gestalt went on to become the only version of NieR the West would receive for either current-gen platform at the time.

Replicant ver.1.22474487139 had a Western release confirmed alongside its announcement, so this will be the first time that version of the game receives a proper launch outside of Japan.

This year’s online only edition of the Tokyo Game Show is coming up later in the month (Sept. 23-27), and while Square Enix doesn’t currently have a spot for Replicant in its lineup, there are still a few blank spots on there that the game could fill in, along with the in-development mobile game NieR Re[in]carnation.