Nier was an Action RPG game released by Cavia last year. Despite having a high level of critical acclaim from the people who played it (Unless you were a games reviewer who didn’t know what they were talking about (I’m talking to you Joystiq)), it was greeted my moderately poor sales and ended up being Cavia’s swan song as the company merged into AQ interactive later that year. After directing his under-appreciated classic, Yosuke Saito remained under the radar while working at Square Enix up until he was allowed to direct Dragon Quest X. Despite being able to direct the latest game in the best selling RPG series in Japan, he is still teasing news regarding his cult classic. He left a message on his twitter account saying “Will there be an amazing announcement on Friday? Perhaps,” With #nier tags on all his related posts. After the games release various CD’s have been released remixing the games OST (Which is already pretty amazing) and while another CD would be welcome, considering how much the Saito has been talking about this here’s hoping for Nier 2 (Because if Drakengard can get a sequel then why not this?)
In a recent announcement made by Microsoft Japan, three new titles will be added to the Platinum line for the region.. On March 14th, Lost Planet 2 will recieve its budget release reducing the price to ¥2,990. While that may not sound particulary interesting (considering Lost Planet 2 is already out in English), The following week, Nier Gestalt (The one that was released in English, unlike Nier Replicant) will have its price slashed to ¥3,990. The most important information to come from this is that on April 28th (ironically, the day El Shaddai: Ascention of the Metatron comes out), a platinum version of ESPGaluda II will be released for the 360. Unlike the other two games, ESPGaluda II is region free and so it can be imported and played on non Japanese 360′s. CAVE’s Danmaku Magnus Opus will be avaliable for ¥2,940 for anyone who has yet to import it yet (or alternatively, get the Iphone version).
Well the title is a little bit of a lie. One is new, the other is only new-ish.
The first trailer is the new trailer of NieR Replicant which is currently Japanese only PlayStation 3 exclusive. The other trailer is of NieR Gestalt (known simply as Nier for North America and Europe) is a Xbox 360 exclusive in Japan, but in North America and Europe it is on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Yeah, it is a little confusing.
Both games are being touted as separate experiences in Japan, but the amount of change in each title has yet to be seen.
NieR Gestalt, or rather the one we are getting, is currently planned for a world wide release of April 23rd for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America and Europe.
Just because the protagonist of Nier is a big guy doesn’t mean he will be able to muscle his way through his whole quest. He will make use of a variety of magic spells. Players will be able to slay enemies with dark spears, area of effect spells, and more.
The trailer not only shows off plenty of magic but also shows that Nier’s story isn’t entirely serious all of the time.
Unlike Final Fantasy XIII, Square was able to pin down a global release date for NIER on April 23rd on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The release includes NieR gestalt in Japan which is just known as NIER everywhere else.
As of right now there hasn’t been any announced plans to bring the other title, NieR Replicant, out of Japan, but if NIER is a success you can probably expect it to jump the pond eventually.