On Feb. 12, Square Enix released a substantial new look at NieR Replicant ver. 1.22474487139…, otherwise known as the upcoming remake of the original NieR. In the nearly 10 minutes’ worth of footage, we get a look at The Barren Temple. We also get to hear and see Nier, Weiss, and Kainé in more cutscenes. And it sounds like Laura Bailey, Kainé’s voice actor, has recorded some new lines for the remake.
Kainé is arguably the game’s most beloved character along with Emil. Accompanying Nier early in the game, she tends to make an immediate strong impression due to her brash exterior. While there’s so much more to her underneath the surface, she’s undeniably hot-tempered and incredibly foul-mouthed. And cursing is basically an Important Kainé Personality Trait. In the new footage, Kainé can be heard cursing even more than she did in the original game. And I love that for her.
Many fans have noticed two lines in particular that have been changed. During the boss battle against Shahriyar at The Barren Temple, Kainé comes midway into the battle to help Nier. In the original NieR, she first tells Nier and Weiss, “How’d you bastards get here?” Stay there! I’ll take care of this loser.” In this upcoming NieR remake, she says, “There you are, you bastard! I’m gonna kill the SHIT out of you! Now hold still and DIE ALREADY!”
Oh, to be Shahriyar… oh, to be killed by a queen like Kainé. I wish that was me.
Aside from that, there’s the obvious: this is the longest look we’ve gotten at NieR Replicant ver. 1.22474487139… yet. At The Game Awards 2020, we got a minute-long look, and before then was a two minutes-long trailer from the 2020 Tokyo Game Show. This is a whole 10 minutes, though, and it’s also the first close looks we’ve gotten at Kainé and Nier’s new models. As you can see in some comparison videos out there, the new models are pretty different from the old ones — but I personally love how they look, especially Kainé.
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NieR is the prequel to the critically acclaimed 2017 game, NieR: Automata. NieR has two versions: NieR Replicant and NieR Gestalt. The original NieR Replicant, which was released in 2010, is the Japanese PlayStation 3 counterpart to NieR Gestalt, which was released on the Xbox 360 in Japan. NieR Gestalt was the version of NieR that was released internationally on multiple platforms. It is the story of a father named Nier who sets out to find a cure for his daughter Yonah, a little girl who has been inflicted with a terminal disease known as the Black Scrawl. NieR Replicant is mostly the same story except Nier is a young man and Yonah is his sister — and it is this version that will be the NieR remake.
NieR Replicant ver. 1.22474487139… will be released in the west on April 23, 2021, and on the day before in Japan. Developed by Toylogic and produced by Square Enix, it is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Among its features are: being fully voiced, having a remastered soundtrack with re-recorded and new songs, a new character, and perhaps even a new ending.