This week sees the re-release of a prequel to one of the most exulted games to grace the last generation. No, it’s not Cat Quest 2, James. It is of course the release of reworked NieR Replicant. The original verison of which launched to little fanfare over a decade ago, and only in Japan initially. NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139* to be exact, is something between a remake and a remaster, and launches Friday 23rd of April. We couldn’t’ be more excited.
But it seems some people could be more excited. In celebration of what’s arguably the most hotly anticipated release this year so far, publisher Square Enix commissioned Finnish origami superstar Juho Könkkölä to spearhead the hype. Not one to take a job lightly, this professional paper portraitist has recreated the games lead characters. He’s taken his sweet time to do so, too.
NeiR Replicated in Origami. Why not?
The two creations are of the lead protagonist, who’s name is of the players choosing, and his companion Emil. In total, the artist spent a total of 210 hours, painstakingly preparing, and folding his creations into existence. And all this done with a single sheet of paper, using the traditional Japanese technique. The final step of the process involved “wet folds”. But before my editor gets too excited, this involves damping the paper to add the final details in.
For your reference, origami has nothing whatsoever to do with NieR Replicant, or it’s revered sequal. But it’s absolutely in keeping with the bizarre nature of the game. Ultimately it fits perfectly with the mental machinations of director Yoko Taro.
With just a day to wait before the release, it seems hype has hit fever pitch and Square are pulling in every favour to guarantee a success. Although tight lipped at time of writing, there are surely hopes of a true sequal to Automata in the pipes at Enix HQ. But for that we will have to wait. Fingers crossed it’s only until E3, the publisher having hinted that there are some surprises in store for fans of the franchise.
Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139 releases tomorrow, Friday 23rd of April, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
*for those interested, this is almost exactly the square root of 1.5, which is surely no coincidence.
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Olly S, July 2020