NieR Re[in]carnation brings franchise to mobile

NieR Re[in]carnation brings an enigmatic action adventure franchise to mobile. — Square Enix/AFP Relaxnews

Following the success of 2017's NieR: Automata, publisher Square Enix is going ahead with not only a remake of 2010 franchise debut NieR but also a mobile excursion NieR: Re[in]carnation.

An enigmatic adventure that overlaps head-spinning philosophy discussion with frantic action sequences and emotional story moments is headed to Android and iOS.

Revealed during a March 29 anniversary stream, held in lieu of a pair of concerts cancelled due to Covid-19 measures, NieR: Re[in]carnation appears to take place in a landscape where human (or humanoid) presence is largely absent.

Absent, that is, save for a pale girl dressed in black nightwear – much like the cyborg lead of PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC hit NieR Automata, 2B.

In each shot, and in the game's key art, she is accompanied by a shrouded, floating companion, a hard sci-fi reading of the ghost emoji.

If the girl is a reference to 2017's NieR Automata, the faux-ghost could be taken as a callback to 2010's original NieR, in which the lead character was escorted by a self-aware floating book.

The teaser promises themes that touch on memories, longing, solitude, and salvation.

Both Nier and NieR: Automata were expectation-exceeding, genre-defying adventures couched in a high-stakes, emotional storyline.

They explored the practical consequences of far-reaching philosophical ideas, while players battered bizarre enemies in post-apocalyptic landscapes, searching for the truth about their characters' world and their place within it.

NieR: Re[in]carnation could represent the opportunity to explore a different approach.

At this point, there's no public release date for the iOS and Android excursion. – AFP Relaxnews

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