The clip shows off some hack n’ slash combat reminiscent of Nier: Automata. Fast-paced melee attacks are combined with flashy bullet-hell sequences and, of course, tons of exploding metal. Replicant is more than a port, beefing up the original content with re-recorded music as well as new tracks and brand new characters. The game is being handled by Toy Logic with director Yoko Taro helping lead the charge.
Similar to the Nier many of us in the west are familiar with, the story centers on protagonist on a journey to cure a terminally ill family member. In the west, the main character was an older man trying to cure his daughter’s terminal illness. In Replicant, the protagonist is a completely different, much younger character seeking to cure his little sister.
Nier Replicant launches April 23 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Square Enix also announced the White Snow Edition of the game. This collector’s version comes with a special Lunar Tear collector’s box, steelbook case, a pin badge set, soundtrack CD, and script set. It runs $159.99, and you can pre-order that and the base game now. If you need some convincing, check out this opinion piece on why you should give the game a shot.