First Gameplay Trailer of NieR Smartphone Game Already Shows Chilling Music

NieR Re[in]carnation will also have gacha elements.

NieR: Re[in]carnation, the new game in the NieR franchise currently slated for smartphones, has received its first gameplay trailer. It’s short and simple, but it’s worth watching for the music alone.

The trailer features the main character running around a structure, accompanied by a floating cute little ghost-like figure. The white circle you see on the left side of the screen is likely a controller display. What stands out above everything else is, of course, the ethereal music that plays throughout the trailer.

The track currently has no name, but it’s an exciting small taste of what’s to come. Many NieR fans would agree with the notion that the series’ pillars are its story and music. While we don’t get much of an inkling on the story besides that we will be playing as a little girl at some point, the trailer seems to focus on the music. It offers little insight into the gameplay besides running through a few areas, almost as if to make sure your attention is dedicated to the ethereal song playing in the background.

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When scanned under Google Translate, the Famitsu article on the trailer states that the game will have gacha elements. Gacha games implement the capsule-toy vending machine mechanic that encourages players to spend in-game currency to receive virtual items. They’re similar to loot boxes in that they motivate the player to spend real-world money to get access to desired items. Some popular gacha or gacha-like games are Granblue Fantasy, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, and Fire Emblem Heroes.

They’re free-to-play and can still be enjoyable even if you never spend a real cent on them; however, you have to put in plenty of time if you want to obtain the items, skills, character cards, and whatnot that players with money can easily just buy. Like loot boxes, gacha games have come under much scrutiny for the gacha mechanism’s similarity to gambling. Despite this, the gacha genre has done incredibly well in Japan, and is achieving much success in China and Korea.

For example, SINoALICE — which is directed by NieR franchise director Yoko Taro and whose soundtrack is scored by NieR composer Keiichi Okabe — reportedly made $2 million in revenue last month alone. According to Panime HQ, which is known for reporting anime mobile market game data, it was the 10th highest-grossing mobile game in annual revenue ranking, having earned over $66 million in 2018. SINoALICE was released in Japan in June 2017 and is only getting a worldwide release until this year in July.

Despite this, NieR Re[in]carnation is sure to have the story elements that have defined the franchise. It was first unveiled at the end of March this year. It is being produced by Square Enix and developed by Applibot. The official site has revealed it will be released on iOS and Android devices. The key staff has been reported to be:

  • Producer: Yosuke Saito
  • Creative Director: Yoko Taro
  • Main Character Design: Akihiko Yoshida (CyDesignation)
  • Concept Art: Kazuma Koda
  • Music: Keiichi Okabe
  • Development: Applibot
  • Planning/Production: Square Enix

No word has been said regarding its release date, but we’ll report on any news to come.