Taro Yoko is Working on a New Download-Only Game He Can’t Explain

Taro Yoko is Working on a New Download-Only Game

Taro Yoko is working on a new download-only game with Square Enix, company producer Yosuke Saito confirmed during the first official NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… livestream.

While details are scant, Saito noted (via Games Jouhou) the game will be an indie-like download-only game – but a physical version might be released too. Taro Yoko will act as creative director and Yosuke Saito will act as producer on the new mystery game.

Saito noted that while Taro Yoko is working on a new download-only game, Yoko is totally bewildered by the game saying “It’s a game that I can’t explain. It’s a bit of a strange game, I’ve created something mysterious that I have no idea how to sell.”

He added, “It’s a game that’s somewhat off. I like it. I want people to play it, but I have no idea how to get them to play it.”

Saito noted the game is “nostalgic but with a new feel” and that other Square Enix staff complimented the game and said “it looks like it’s going to sell really well!”

Further details will be revealed soon – possibly within the next few days, and Yoko noted he’ll update the game once a month.

In related news also confirmed during the NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… first official livestream, we’ve learned that includes cut content not included in the original game – you can read more about that here.

You can find the full rundown on NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… below:


A thousand-year lie that would live on for eternity…

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is an updated version of NieR Replicant, previously only released in Japan.

Discover the one-of-a-kind prequel to the critically-acclaimed masterpiece NieR:Automata. Now with a modern upgrade, experience masterfully revived visuals, a fascinating storyline and more!

The protagonist is a kind young man living in a remote village. In order to save his sister Yonah, who fell terminally ill to the Black Scrawl, he sets out with Grimoire Weiss, a strange talking tome, to search for the “Sealed verses.”

Experience the NieR Replicant story for the first time in the west through the eyes of the protagonist as a brother.

The original all-star team returns including acclaimed director, YOKO TARO (Drakengard / NieR:Automata), composer Keiichi Okabe (TEKKEN / Drakengard / NieR:Automata), and producer Yosuke Saito (DRAGON QUEST X / NieR:Automata).


In a distant, distant future, humanity is on the brink of extinction.
A black scrawl disease and strange beasts threaten the world.
A young kindhearted boy makes a promise to his little sister.
A thousand-year lie that would live on for eternity…


  • Uncover the truth behind the world of NieR and prepare to question everything in this dark, twisting tale.
  • Journey alongside an unlikely group of allies through a ruined world, plagued by sickness and monstrous horrors.
  • A mesmerizing iconic soundtrack, newly recorded by NieR:Automata composer, Keiichi Okabe.
  • Fight back dreadful enemies with a visceral, uniquely customizable blend of swordplay and powerful magic.
  • Customize your character’s magic, skills, and weapons with the power of Words.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… launches April 22nd in Japan, and April 23rd in the west for Windows PC (via Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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