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What it does show is some of the other characters the Girl will encounter on her journey, including the white-haired Prosthetic Hunter, who is on the lookout for replacement limbs, or the white-haired Wanderer, who’s a young boy who travels with a mechanical clockwork soldier. It’s a Nier game, so expect plenty of white-haired characters, along with the occasional dark-haired figure to try and balance things out. The game features a gacha-style mechanic for recruiting new characters to your party, so there will be plenty of bizarre Yoko Taro creations to glom onto.


You’ll also be able to collect and upgrade weapons for use in the game’s turn-based battles, which take place inside recovered memories. Battles play out automatically, with special attacks activated by tapping on-screen icons when they’ve charged.

A turn-based battle scene from Nier: Reincarnation, the first mobile game in the Nier universe.
Battle looks chaotic, but probably isn’t.
Screenshot: Square Enix / Kotaku

Nier Re[in]carnation is a free-to-play mobile game, and I know how many of you feel about those. It is, however, set in the same universe as Nier Automata and Nier Replicant, so a chance to catch up with old friends might just override the natural urge to flee. You can pre-register for the game at the official website for the opportunity to get additional in-game resources at launch. Or just hit up your phone’s app store on July 28. It’ll be there.