E3 is far from over. In fact, we’re only on our second day, but already we’ve seen one of the biggest surprises in the last couple of years. Square Enix hosted their press conference this morning and showed off a very stylish trailer for their new game, NieR New Project (working title).
The NieR New Project trailer featured very early concept art of the game, including images of what looks like a post-apocalyptic Tokyo that’s been taken over by nature and forestry. Perhaps the most important part of the trailer is the young, white-haired girl that appears right at the end.
The white hair is pretty iconic of the main character from the original game, and seeing the new protagonist sporting that same shade of white suggests that she might have some relation to Nier himself. The trailer ended off with the title “NieR” and a subtitle that scrambled endlessly until the screen went black. From this, we can surmise that the subtitle’s probably going to clue us in as to what the sequel will be about, but Square Enix has decided to withhold any additional information until this fall.
However, some new details about NieR New Project have emerged in this week’s Famitsu. Below is a translated version of the short interview conducted with game director Yoko Taro. Thanks, Doki Doki Kusoge.
Yoko Taro: It takes place in the same world as NieR, but in the future. If players start with this game, they should have no problems following the story. In fact, those who come into this expecting it to be a direct sequel might find themselves a bit lost.
Famitsu: Will characters from the last game appear?
Yoko Taro: Not everyone is going to pop up, but yes, some characters will be appearing. They won’t be in central roles though.
Famitsu: What’s going on with the CERO rating?
Yoko Taro: We had made Nier with the intent of getting a B or C, but we ended up with a D. We’re developing this new game in the hopes of getting an A, but…
- There will be a New Game + of some kind. It’ll be different from the last game.
- Drakengard’s Weapon Story system is set to be in the game.
- The development is currently 10% done.
First up, if the game takes place in the same world as NieR but in the future, there’s a possibility that the girl we saw in the trailer could be Yonah, Nier’s daughter from the first game. Or, knowing Taro and the twisted nature of NieR‘s universe, I could be completely off-base with this. There’s also the possibility that the girl in the new trailer could be related to Kaine somehow, but that’s just speculation as this point.
Taro also mentions that some returning characters will make their appearance as supporting roles, which suggests that this sequel probably takes place a few years after the events of the original game.
Regardless of who the girl is or what the story’s going to be about, there’s little doubt that NieR is the biggest surprise of this year’s already incredible E3. We don’t have much information now, but Square Enix has promised to tell us more later this year.
Just don’t hold your breath waiting for this one, either. It’s a well-known fact that Square Enix has become ridiculously bad at releasing games they’ve announced.