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NieR Replicant Out Now Across ANZ

NieR Replicant’s Main Characters Emil and Protagonist Brought to Life by Origami Artist to Mark The Launch of The Modern Retelling of The Classic

Classic NieR Gestalt Opening Video Remade

SYDNEY (23rd April, 2021) – Today Square Enix Ltd., revealed breath-taking, paper re-creations of two of the main characters from NieR Replicant™ ver.1.22474487139… to mark today’s ANZ launch of the modern re-telling of NieR Replicant rebuilt for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, and tomorrow morning for PC (Steam*). The incredibly talented Finnish Origami artist Juho Könkkölä managed to recreate Emil and the Protagonist with the most intricate detail, capturing the beloved characters personality, attire, and weapons through his magical art form.


Having taken approximately 210 hours for the preparation and folding, the origami figures have been made using traditional Japanese paper folding techniques, both separately folded from a single square sheet of Wenzhou paper, without any cutting whatsoever.

Following a careful process of deciding the paper allocation and layout for the figures, Juho then planned out every complicated fold to give the art the key characteristic features that you see in the final design, including the hair, fingers, bespoke weapons, and decadent clothing. The folding process of each of the figures started with a pre-creasing process, whereby several hundred creases were made and folded on the square sheet of paper, which took him over a day for each character. 

Then all the pre-made creases were folded into a stick figure, where all the main features came together to form the figure for each of the characters. The large, block like shapes, were then folded further to recreate the finer details in the art, such as the thin Katana sword wielded by the Protagonist or Emil’s trusty Mace, to capture those infamous characteristics from the videogame. The final element of the shaping then came from the ‘wet folding process’, where Juho put in all the finer shaping and detail.

“It was a long process to recreate the characters from NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… but I’m very proud of the final two pieces of art,” said Juho Könkkölä, Origami Artist. “When the concept was first brought to me, I instantly had a clear vision of how I could bring Emil and the Protagonist to life through the medium of Origami. The Protagonist was the hardest to recreate, due to the complex dimensional shapes, but I think the extra detail really adds to the final pieces. I hope I have done the franchise justice and that the fans enjoy my work.”

For more information on the artistJuho Könkkölä, please visit his official website: https://juhokonkkola.fi/art-process/ or follow him on Instagram @jkonkkola_origami.

Kainé’s iconic foul mouthed monologue also makes a rousing return in the Gestalt version of the opening cinematic from NIER (2010), completely remade for NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…, featuring newly-recorded voiceovers, music, and revamped graphics.

Watch the remade NieR Gestalt Classic Opening video

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is out now across Australia & New Zealand for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, and 24th April (ANZ) for PC-Steam*.

About NieR Replicant™ ver.1.22474487139…
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is a modern re-telling of NieR Replicant, a third-person action-RPG which originally released in Japan in 2010, and is the highly anticipated prequel to NieR:Automata™, the post-apocalyptic action-RPG that has shipped/downloaded over 5 million copies worldwide. Players are invited to experience a dark, apocalyptic world as they join a brother’s captivating quest to cure his sister of a deadly disease – a quest which will in turn make them question everything. Developed in collaboration with Toylogic, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… brings together an all-star team including acclaimed director YOKO TARO (Drakengard® / NieR:Automata), composer Keiichi Okabe (TEKKEN / Drakengard / NieR:Automata), and producer Yosuke Saito (DRAGON QUEST® X / NieR:Automata). NieR Replicant™ver.1.22474487139… will release for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, and PC (Steam®) on April 23, 2021.
About Square Enix Ltd
Square Enix Ltd. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal®. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 159 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 82 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 81 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.