Yoko Taro is the director of both Drakengard and the NieR series, which includes the by-now immensely popular title NieR: Automata. With that game practically a cult classic by now, lots of people were immensely excited to play anything else made by Yoko Taro and his odd but enthralling visions of fictional worlds. He put out a game called SinoAlice all the way back in 2017, but it was only available in Japan. Now though, this game has finally been launched worldwide.
SinoAlice combines Taro’s especially dark yet entertaining worldbuilding and storytelling with renditions of classic fantasy characters (as you may imagine, those renditions adhere to a fantasy aesthetic). The game is playable both solo and cooperatively, and includes hundreds of weapons as well as classic characters like Alice from the Lewis Caroll stories, Red Riding Hood and oriental fantasy figures like Princess Kaguya. The combat system is extremely active and intense, which is greatly worth mentioning, considering that SinoAlice is a mobile game.
Mobile games often carry a bad connotation, because it often evokes images of simplistic entertainment, but there are many complex, deep mobile games out there, and SinoAlice is one of them. It even has a soundtrack backed by Keiichi Okabe, who orchestrated the music for both NieR and NieR: Automata. Needless to say, the game’s soundtrack is certainly leagues above most mobile entries.
It’s also worth noting just how many people were raring for the worldwide release, with over 2 million people pre-registering to play across both the Google Play Store and the App Store. Those who did pre-register received numerous in-game rewards, though it’s a little too late for new players to get any of that since the game has launched already. That said, it’s still a brand-new game by a well-beloved director, and it’s certainly worth a look for anyone that enjoyed NieR: Automata.
As for Yoko Taro himself, SinoAlice was technically finished three years ago, so he’s been working on other things. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include the surprise launch of the next NieR main entry, but he has been working on NieR: Reincarnation, another mobile entry that will of course be taking place in the NieR universe. On top of that, an enhanced remaster of the original NieR is being worked on right now for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The remaster is suitably dubbed in a very strange manner, being called Nier Replicant Ver. 1.22474487139.
Unfortunately, there’s no official announcement of another major NieR title in the works, but considering the massive surge in the series’ popularity thanks to Automata, there’s little doubt in anyone’s minds that there will be another entry at some point, though it could still be a while away yet. But when it does happen, we’ll definitely let you know, because we’re just as excited as you are. Here’s to hoping that this next theoretical NieR game will be available to play within a year or two.