Yoko Taro follows up Nier 3 frenzy he sparked with another tease pointing toward his mobile game that's due to shut down next month

Nier Automata director Yoko Taro
(Image credit: Square Enix)

Just a few days after potentially teasing a new game in the series, Nier Automata's director has followed up with another odd teaser.

Earlier this week, we reported that Nier Automata director Yoko Taro had been at a concert for the game in London over the past weekend. During the concert, Taro told those in attendance to cheer if they wanted a third Nier game, to let Square Enix's president, who was also in attendance, know how they felt. 

Understandably, a barrage of cheers erupted during the concert, so if Square Enix's president didn't know how Nier fans felt about a third game before, he sure does now. Elsewhere in the concert, the word "R3pent" flashed up repeatedly on the screen behind the orchestra, leading attendees to believe this was a teaser for a third Nier game.

Now, Taro has followed up the buzz with a little teaser of his own. Just below, you can see the Nier series creative lead tweeting "r3incarnation." If you turn the '3' into an 'e,' you're left with "reincarnation," which was the subtitle of Nier's mobile-exclusive game which launched just over two years ago, and is coincidentally being shut down for good next month in March.

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Given the '3' in the tweet just above, this could be Taro indicating that Nier fans should consider the mobile game as the third entry in the series. While Reincarnation doesn't feature existing Neir characters like Kaine, 2B, A2, or 9S, it's true that it's always been considered 'canonical' in the Nier series by fans, especially because Taro and composer Keiichi Okabe worked on the game with developer Applibot. 

No matter what the tweet genuinely means, Taro's always one for having a bit of fun with Nier fans. Considering he previously said that the Nier series would continue for as long as he was alive, perhaps a new mainline entry in the action-RPG series really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. 

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Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.