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NieR Re[in]carnation Smartphone Game Launches on February 18

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
1st smartphone game in franchise was originally slated for this year

A livestream presentation revealed on Thursday that NieR Re[in]carnation, the first a smartphone game in the NieR video game franchise, will launch for iOS and Android devices in Japan on February 18.

Square Enix revealed on December 11 that the game is delayed from a general 2020 release to a release in the first half of 2021.

The role-playing game for iOS and Android devices will be free to play, with optional in-game items available for purchase. Square Enix is producing the game, Applibot is developing the game, and CyDesignation is designing the characters. The game will get a release in North America and Europe.

The now-defunct Japanese game developer Cavia (Drakengard, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles) developed the original NieR game as a spinoff of the Drakengard series in 2010. Square Enix released versions of the game for two different consoles: NieR Gestalt for the Xbox 360, and NieR Replicant for the PlayStation 3. NieR Replicant featured a different character design for the protagonist, and minor differences in the plot. NieR was the last game Cavia developed before being disbanded and absorbed into AQ Interactive Inc. in July 2010.

NieR Replicant is getting a remastered edition for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and will also have a release in English. Square Enix will release the game in Japan on April 22 for consoles (and on PC in Japan on April 24), and outside Japan on April 23.

The NieR:Automata sequel shipped for the PS4 in Japan in February 2017, followed by North America and Europe in March 2017. Square Enix also released the game on PC via Steam in March 2017, and on Xbox One in June 2018. The game has a combined shipments and digital download sales number of 4.5 million.

Sources: NieR Re[in]carnation game's Twitter account, 4Gamer (楽器)

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