Square Enix Ltd are teaming up with DC Comicsâ€™s WildStorm imprint to create a custom comic series that will explore the rich and mysterious back story of the upcoming Action-RPG NIER. NIER, whose unique content, characters and hidden, twisting storyline has transfixed gamers and media alike for months, will be available for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft on 23rd April.
The NIER comics, which will be released between now and launch, will reveal tantalizing clues about key characters from the game, including the title-character Nier; his disease-stricken daughter, Yonah; a conflicted and foul-mouthed fighting companion, KainÃ©; and, the talking book with an attitude, Grimoire Weiss. In addition, the NIER comics will address questions that have yet to be answered, namely, what led to the fall of humanity to a vicious plague? How was the deadly disease, The Black Scrawl, introduced to the earth? And, where did the terrifying Shades come from and why do they torment the few remaining survivors of the plague?
â€œWe are really excited to partner with the storytellers at DC Comics to further explore the complex tale of NIER; to explore its unusual characters; and, to introduce new fans to a storyline that will challenge what they know from beginning to end,â€ said Larry Sparks, Vice President Brands PAL Region of Square Enix Ltd. â€œDC Comicsâ€™ ability to create colourful and engaging comics will help to deliver NIERâ€™s unusual story to gamers and prepare them for what lies ahead in the game. By exploring the comics, gamers will understand the basis of Nierâ€™s world before they even pick up a sword or cast a spell.
There will be three NIER comics in all, each telling a unique, yet overlapping, story. The comics are being created by DC Comicsâ€™ renowned creators and illustrators, including Emmy-winning creator and executive producer Ricardo Sanchez; Pop Mhan, whose work has
appeared on everything from Spider-Man and Ghost Rider at Marvel Comics to Batgirl and The Flash at DC Comics; Eddie NuÃ±ez, who has worked on notable comic book titles as Justice League of America, Deathblow, and Legoâ€™s Bionice, was the Lead Character Designer on the bestselling Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainmentâ€™s Arkham Asylum and is the Lead Concept Artist on the DC Universe MMO from Sony Online Entertainment.
The NIER comics will be available on the gameâ€™s official Web site at http://www.NIERGame.com, on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360, and on PlayStation Store for PlayStation3 between now and April 27.