- Mobile game NieR Reincarnation will be shut down on April 29, less than three years since its release.
- Its final story chapter will release on March 28, leaving players with just over a month to experience it.
- NieR Reincarnation is just the latest in a substantial list of mobile titles that Square Enix decided to shut down or cancel over the past year as part of efforts to streamline its game lineup with a focus on AAA experiences.
NieR Reincarnation is shutting down on April 29, Square Enix has announced. This sad day for fans of the franchise will arrive less than three years after NieR Reincarnation was released for Android and iOS devices.
Developed by Japanese studio Applibot, NieR Reincarnation marked the Drakengard spin-off series’ first foray into mobile gaming. A fairly low-cost project for Square Enix to finance, the game ended up launching while the company was enjoying record-high revenues inflated by the global pandemic. With Square Enix facing declining sales over the two years that followed, the gaming giant ended up reviewing its entire operation in an effort to cut down on its annual product output and focus on fewer titles with higher revenue potential, meaning predominantly AAA projects.
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NieR Reincarnation Fans Will Have 1 Month To Play Its Final Chapter
That endeavor has already resulted in the company shutting down multiple mobile titles, with NieR Reincarnation being the latest to join that list. Square Enix has recently taken to social media to thank the fans for their support of the gacha game, stating that its servers will shut down on April 29, at 10pm PT. Before that happens, Applibot will deliver one more story chapter, The People and the World Act 3: Transmigration, which is scheduled to release on March 28, at 6pm PT. Players will hence have just over a month’s worth of time to experience the conclusion of NieR Reincarnation‘s story.
In the meantime, some additional content drops are also in the pipeline, including the overarching Story Completion Countdown event that promises to significantly boost everyone’s progress with ten free daily summons and generous weekly gem gifts. Much like its name implies, the newly started event will run until the arrival of the game’s final story chapter. Players will also have a chance to grab new character costumes each week for the duration of the promotion.
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The announcement of NieR Reincarnation‘s upcoming demise arrives less than a month after Square Enix decided to shut down two other mobile games: Engage Kill and Full Metal Alchemist Mobile. The former’s sunsetting came as a particular surprise to the fans, not least because Engage Kill was released less than a year before the publisher decided to scrap it.
But some of the company’s recent mobile projects didn’t even get that far. That ended up being the case with the internally developed Just Cause: Mobile that Square Enix canceled back in July 2023, while the game was still in beta. It is plausible that NieR Reincarnation won’t be the company’s last mobile project to end up on the chopping block in 2024.
Nier: Reincarnation is a mobile spinoff of the Nier franchise that was released in 2021 by developer Applibot and publisher Square Enix. The game takes place in the wider Nier universe and features many role-playing elements and mechanics. The game features sidescrolling sections, segments known as Weapon Stories, and more.
- February 18, 2021