NieR Christmas Stream Summary, New Details on PS4, Xbox One, Steam Upgrade NieR Replicant Ver 1.22

Yoko Taro, Yosuke Saito, NieR Replicant ver.1.22 director Saki Ito, Mai Kadowaki (Emil), Yui Ishikawa (2B), cosplayer Enako and more appeared on stream.

December 24, 2020

Square Enix held on December 24 a special NieR Series 10th anniversary Christmas stream, with new details on NieR Replicant ver.1.22. Often called a remaster, note Ver 1.22 is more akin to a different game with its new battle system, additional voiced dialogues scenes, etc. Read all the details with our past coverage here, here. and here.

The NieR Christmas special stream included (nearly) at all times NieR series producer Yosuke Saito, NieR series creative director Yoko Taro and Hiroki Yasumoto, the seiyuu voicing Grimoire Weiss in Ver 1.22. However, the stream as a whole was divided into multiple segments. with several guests, mainly staff members and seiyuu, appearing in each segment.

Here are time stamps for each of the segments:

Beginning: NieR Reincarnation segment. With NieR Reincarnation director Daichi Matsukawa.

46:05 – 1:37:50 Nier Replicant ver 1.22 segment. With NieR Replicant ver.1.22 director Saki Ito, Mai Kadowaki (Emil), Nobuhiko Okamoto (NieR Replicant young protagonist).

1:37:56 – 2:32:13 NieR Automata segment. With Takahisa Taura, Yui Ishikawa (2B), Ryoko Shiraishi (Devola, Popola), Enako. Fun to listen to if you’re a seiyuu aficionados and have some time at hand.

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2:39:56 – 3-29-19 Shoujo Yorha segment with the actresses of the stage play. Very fanservice oriented as only truly worthwhile if you know about the stage play’s content.

3:32:52 – 4:07:31 FF XIV segment with YoshiP. For NieR fans who also play FF XIV.

4:07:31 Music and Gems Company segment.

4:44:10 Concert

The NieR Replicant ver 1.22 segment lasted for around an hour. The staff and seiyuu chatted about the game’s development. The original game’s reception. Why only the dad version was released in the West. And also answered various questions by fans through Twitter. Here are some of the biggest point brought up.

Nobuhiko Okamoto explained his voice acting changed a lot in ten years so the protagonist sounds a bit different in Nier Replicant Ver 1.22. Mai Kadowaki also voiced Emil in Automata so she probably didn’t change much. Yoko Taro jokingly mentioned those who only played Automata must think Emil is just an idiot so they’re in for a shock with Ver 1.22.

Hiroki Yasumoto really likes Cyberpunk 2077.

BGMs in NieR Replicant will be around twice as long as the ones from the original.

NieR Replicant Ver 1.22, unlike the original, is fully voiced. When voicing scenes for the first time, they discussed a lot on how to do it, and ended up doing a lot of retakes. However, there were barely no retakes when redoing scenes that were already voiced in the original.

The original NieR games didn’t sell well, so it’s ironic that it has such a huge reputation now. With that said, it’s thanks to the games’ poor reception back then that they have the occasion to make an enhanced version now.

Square Enix told them back when the original released that the macho and dad version of the protagonist would sell more than the brother version, that’s why only NieR Gestalt released in the west. That’s what Square Enix decided, but they did knew back then that there are a lot of people outside Japan that are used to anime culture and would have preferred the younger protagonist. Similarly, there are also people in Japan who prefer the dad protagonist, as both versions released there.

The dad protagonist isn’t in NieR Replicant Ver 1.22.
Yosuke Saito: “Maybe we’ll do a version with the dad protagonist if NieR Replicant Ver 1.22 sells a whole lot. Like maybe half as Automata.
Yoko Taro: “So, 2.5 million copies? That’s impossible. Dad protag fans, don’t get your hopes up, it’ll never happen”.
Yosuke Saito: “Maybe it is possible. Since this is technically the first time the game releases in the West. And if every buyer in Japan gets three copies.”

Yoko Taro explained the protagonist isn’t called Nier, even though he’s sometimes officially referenced as such. You can pick the protagonist’s name and it’s a reference to Dragon Quest games.

Graphics-wise, director Saki Ito explained the staff did its best to reproduce the original game’s feel and graphics while at the the same time bringing it up to today’s standards. Overall quite a bit has changed compared to the original PS3 game.

That’s all for the NieR Replicant ver 1.22 segment. Time doesn’t permit me to write a summary of the whole stream, so we’ll be stopping here. Merry Christmas everyone.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… launches on April 24, 2021, on PS4, Xbox One, and Steam.

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Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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