Taro Yoko was Planning on Making a PS Vita Port for NieR

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We’ve learned that NieR and Drakengard creator Taro Yoko was originally planning to port the game to Playstation Vita.

The news comes from an interview with the developer and Famitsu, where they talked up the new game, which is in development for Playstation 4. However, Yoko-san and Square Enix producer Yosuke Saito reminisced over the previous game, and how there were still people who didn’t play the original.

“We always tought about ‘wanting to do something new’ with the NieR IP,” Saito remarked. “We immediately thought about how there’s still a lot of players who haven’t played NieR, so we considered making a Playstation Vita port, while adding something new.”

Yoko talked up the port that never was as well. “I had a conversation with ILCA president [Takuya] Iwasaki (Editor’s note: who was the director of Cavia, NieR’s studio, at the time of the game’s production) on ‘how I’d like to keep working on NieR with Saito,” and I found out Iwasaki felt the same way. Alongside his company, Orca, we proposed a PS Vita version of NieR.”

Sadly, this never came to be. “This was around the time of March, 2011,” Yoko said. “However, Orca was put to the development of Dragon Quest X, so we weren’t able to greenlight the Playstation Vita version of NieR.”

While Saito explained that they were always looking to do something with Platinum Games, he later approached Yoko-san to make a new NieR game, on new consoles.



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  1. Loli-Nox-Tan
    July 3, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Make a port please. The PS3 version is expensive now & I never play my 360 anymore

  2. sunny
    July 3, 2015 at 9:41 am

    But NieR 2 is gonna be very different compared to NieR 1 especially with more different devs working on it

  3. Nonscpo
    July 3, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Well that was some unexpected news, and not a bad idea, as Im sure there are people who haven’t played this title.

  4. Phelan
    July 3, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Pfff nothing unexepected.

    Did you know that both FF XI and XIV were considered also for Vita?

    Back than even old geezer Tabata had different opinion about Vita “I had an impression [that] it was an exceedingly good piece of hardware. Since I [had been] making Final Fantasy titles on the PSP, I have an interest in [developing] for a larger device. As someone concerned with game production, there is nothing other than the Vita that offers that largeness, high density and luminescence, and ability to [render] high-quality images.”

    No to mention that Vita was supposed to get also brand new Yakuza, brand new Level 5 game, game from Silicon studio (bravely default), few games from Ubisoft and Capcom.

    So yeah… when it was NGP it seemed as if Vita would be a system that will sell better than PSP… but than morons in SCEE and SCEA happened. Who trully believed that they don’t need to advertise Vita because either way it will sell nicely.

  5. Loli-Nox-Tan
    July 3, 2015 at 10:19 am

    That’s like saying Metal Gear Rising is very different compared to MGS 1-4. You should still play them though.
    Anyhoo I might just bit the bullet & dig on my 360 after I buy a copy of the game

  6. alto_angelo
    July 3, 2015 at 10:31 am

    PC port please

  7. Loli-Nox-Tan
    July 3, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I don’t put ALL the blame on the lack of advertising, some sure. Part of the blame is also on the overpriced Memory Cards.

  8. dsadasdsa
    July 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    You can live perfectly fine with just a 4gb memory card because all the games can be saved on your PS3 or PC.

    Everyone bitches about that, but you have to pay to play online on Xbox and PS4, and those consoles are selling well enough. The memory cards are an excuse to people who doesn’t want the console.

  9. FalseTragedian
    July 3, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    That “was” is the saddest three letter word I’ve read in a while.

  10. Loli-Nox-Tan
    July 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    People don’t like paying for overpriced stuff (Least I don’t) I got on better with my PSP once I got a
    Dual MicroSD adapter. Problem with the Vita is there’s no 3rd party options.

  11. Firion Hope
    Firion Hope
    July 3, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Well… that’s disappointing :/ woulda been a good excuse to bring the other version over too.

  12. Thanatos2k
    July 3, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Not like I needed it. But sad they made the mediocre Drakengard 3 instead.

  13. sanic
    July 8, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Unfortunately I’m compelled to want anything to do with Nier even though it just makes me very depressed, I would have bought this too.

  14. Daystar
    June 23, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Shitty new game that doesn’t deserve to have the word NIER in it’s title.