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Tencent Reportedly Killed an Unannounced Nier Mobile Game

Following news that Nier mobile game
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, publisher Tencent has reportedly cancelled an unannounced Nier mobile game that was in development for nearly two years.


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Tencent “halted development” of the mystery mobile game in December 2023, “marking a setback in the Chinese gaming giant's hunt for new hits”.

Tencent reportedly failed to work out a “compelling” monetisation model given the “expensive” development costs and franchise rights (which Square Enix owns). IGN has asked Square Enix for comment.


Blockbuster hit
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is approaching its seventh birthday with no new mainline game announced so far. Square Enix producer Yosuke Saito said in November 2023 that while Nier chief Yoko Taro is alive,
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will be released at some point.

Action role playing game Nier: Automata launched in 2017 and
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and fans with its vast locations and zany combat. It was a surprise breakout hit for Square Enix and went on to sell an impressive 7.5 million copies. There have been many crossover events since, plus Nier-related promotions, a
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, and even a
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.

As for Tencent, recent rumblings suggest all is not well with the company’s gaming effort.
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reported in January 2024 that Tencent Chairman Pony Ma said the company’s gaming business, which accounts for more than 30% of revenue, was under threat because some of its recent games had fallen short of expectations.


Wesley is the UK News Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can reach Wesley at [email protected] or confidentially at [email protected].

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