During today’s excitingly eccentric NieR franchise TGS stream, it was announced that the hotly-anticipated remake of NieR Replicant, the concisely-titled NieR Replicant ver. 1.22474487139…, will release in Japan on April 22nd, 2021. Those of us in Europe and North America will be able to dive in one day later, on April 23rd.
The original NieR Replicant was infamously only made available in Japan; in the West, it was released in a separate form as NieR Gestalt instead. NieR Replicant starred a young protagonist who sought to find a cure for his younger sister’s illness. The Western version essentially recasts the hero as an older fellow who is doing the same thing, albeit for his daughter instead. This key difference was said to have been made in order to appeal to Western sensibilities and cultural norms. NieR Gestalt (technically marketed simply as NieR here) is a fantastic game, but a great many fans are excited to finally be able to play through the story with the perspective that Replicant provides instead.
Revealed during the stream was the “White Snow Edition” of the game, which will retail for $159.99 USD, and include the following:
- “Lunar Tear” Collector’s Box
- Steelbook® Case – A metal case featuring stunning artwork by Illustrator KODA KAZUMA.
- Pin Badge Set – Grimoire Weiss, Grimoire Noir, and Grimoire Rubrum pins presented in a specialized display case. Exclusive to the White Snow Edition.
- Script Set – A set of seven books including the content of the spoken script of the game, exclusive to the White Snow Edition. Packaged in a special hard case, featuring unique cover art by character designer Akihiko Yoshida. Available in English only.
- Soundtrack CD Set – A two-disc collection – one disc featuring tracks from NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… specifically edited for this set, and a second disc featuring special arrangements, overseen by Keiichi Okabe, of select tracks that are exclusive to the White Snow Edition. The set is presented in a premium Grimoire Weiss-inspired package.
If you aren’t in the market for the White Snow Edition, Square Enix also detailed pre-order bonuses for each platform:
- PlayStation®4 system – All editions will include an exclusive PlayStation®4 system dynamic theme and avatar set. Pre-orders will also include a digital copy of the mini soundtrack featuring a sampling of songs from the White Snow Edition soundtrack CDs.
- Xbox One – Pre-orders will also include a digital copy of the mini soundtrack featuring a sampling of songs from the White Snow Edition soundtrack CDs.
- Steam – All editions will include a special digital wallpaper collection. Pre-orders will also include a digital copy of the mini soundtrack featuring a sampling of songs from the White Snow Edition soundtrack CDs.
Are you as excited about NieR: Replicant ver. 1.22474487139… as I am? Have you successfully memorized the remake’s full title yet, or are you still copying and pasting it every time you type it, as I’ll readily admit that I am? Steel yourself for now with RPGFan’s vintage review of the original Western version of the game from way back in the halcyon days of 2008, and look for more information on the official NieR website. We look forward to bringing you plenty more information on NieR: Replicant ver. 1.22474487139… in the days to come!