Square Enix Trademarks NieR, Hinting at a Remaster or New Developments for Its 10th Anniversary
Square Enix and Yoko Taro might be preparing a NieR remaster for the tenth anniversary of the series in 2020.
Square Enix has trademarked NieR in Japan. The trademark was registered on November 29 and was made public on December 17. While no official announcement has been made yet by Square Enix, this hints at new developments for the game’s 10th anniversary in 2020, and maybe we’ll get a remaster. Thanks to Game’s Talk for pointing out the trademark registration.
As you already know, a teaser website for the 10th anniversary of the NieR series opened up in early December. For now, only goods and concerts around the world have been announced, with no new game-related development in sight.
However, as I’ve mentioned in the past, I believe it’s highly likely we’ll hear about a new game or a NieR remaster at E3 2020 on June 9-11. Seeing NieR Automata was announced at E3 2015, I’m expecting a similar announcement to be happening this year for the 10th anniversary.
If a remaster or remake of the first NieR game will happen, it’ll also be interesting to see whether it’ll be based on NieR Gestalt or the Japan-exclusive NieR Replicant. Both games had a different protagonist and slight differences. Most notably, NieR Gestalt’s protagonist was the father of the character Yonah, while NieR Replicant‘s protagonist was her brother. I’d personally prefer NieR Replicant, as a weeb. In any case, I hope that following up NieR Automata, Akihiko Yoshida will be handling the character design again in the future of the series.
In any case, we’ll be sure to tell you as soon as possible when we learn more, so stay tuned on DualShockers.
Nowadays, Yoko Taro is still the same as always on Twitter. He recently appeared in a video we translated, chatting about Atlus and Vanillware’s new game, 13 Sentinels Aegis Rim. We’re also doing a translated Let’s Play of the game, with new episodes every weekend.