The opening movie of the mobile release of NieR Re[in]carnation was shared during a recent livestream, in anticipation of the game’s imminent release.
Announced at the end of last week, today’s livestream was the first in a planned series of livestreams to be conducted throughout the operation of the soon-to-release mobile game. They would highlight new content and discuss the game and series. As a result, this first episode of the NieR Re[in]carnation livestream was titled ‘episode 0’ to reference its pre-release status, and centered mostly on highlighting previously known information for the games and showcasing the game’s opening movie, which featured new in-game footage.
The opening movie is an impressive video to behold, acting both as a promotion for the content platers would encounter while playing the game and as an introduction to initial story elements. Accompanied by Keiichi Okabe’s haunting musical score that gives the areas a sense of serenity and loneliness, and voiceover introducing the premise of the title’s story, we are given panning shots to opening areas of the game shown in previous promotional material and previews for the game, like the initial cage.
Going further into the movie, the game teases players with how the story and gameplay could develop in later chapters. We’re introduced to snowy environments and ruins overtaken by autumn leaves and decaying trees as some of the 3D environments known as cages that players will have to explore as they progress through the game.
Alongside this, new memories, told in a side-scrolling picture-book format, are introduced that, most interestingly of all, feature a space-themed and ruined city-themed memory that visually bear resemblance to NieR Automata, even if the story content appears different. Coupled with new battle sections being introduced and full FMV cutscenes, a significant level of content being promised here in this opening movie for NieR Re[in]carnation that should keep fans of the franchise entertained by offering its signature gameplay for mobile devices.
In terms of content, the trailer admittedly is more of a reinforcement of the game’s previously revealed core concepts showcased in other content updates and the game’s closed beta, with a tease towards how this could develop in the coming months, but it makes it no less exciting. NieR Re[in]carnation looks set to be a strong reimagining of the franchise’s tone and content in a new format.
NieR Re[in]carnation is set to release on iOS and Android on 18 February. You can find out more over on the game’s official website.