Stellar Blade Director Says 'Korean NieR' Comparison Is a 'Great Honour' | Push Square
12.02.2024 - 23:53
/ Yoko Taro
/ Hyung-Tae Kim
Even to casual fans of Yoko Taro's esoteric NieR franchise, the similarities to the upcoming and eagerly anticipated Stellar Blade are apparent—both feature flashy, action-based gameplay and buxom, blade-wielding protagonists, for starters. Rather than shy away from these comparisons, director Hyung-Tae Kim of Seoul-based developer Shift Up is refreshingly forthright, proclaiming it a «great honour» to be compared to such a storied developer as Taro himself.
Word comes to us by way of GamesRadar+ (via translator), who conducted an interview with Kim on the subject of Stellar Blade's influences and inspiration. NieR is first and foremost among those, which the director readily acknowledges: «NieR was very important for inspiration when it came to developing our games. It's a wonderful title that we've been inspired by… I'm a big fan of Yoko Taro.»
Kim stresses that while the comparison is appreciated, he wouldn't want prospective players to get the wrong idea. When players get their hands on the game (releasing 26th April exclusively on PS5), he warned: «You'll see that the gameplay is not too similar. They're pretty different. You will see a few differences there. But to be called 'Korean NieR' and influenced by such a title is a great honour.»
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Do you see the NieR influence in Stellar Blade? Is there anything that strikes you as particularly Yoko Taro-esque? Point out the obvious in the comments section below.
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I appreciate how up front Kim seems to be. The Nier influence certainly is pretty clear but I believe him when he says there are differences. The monsters for example look totally different. Combat looks more parry focused as opposed to Nier's more evasion focused action. And it just looks like Stellar Blade has a bigger budget than Nier ever got.
I'm really rooting for Stellar Blade. It looks very promising so far.
Yeah I'm glad he says it's different and wants it to stand on its own two feet, plus he's being respectful about it and acknowledging that NeiR gave him some inspiration.
There is a influence of Nier but the monsters look like something more from Bayonetta. Glad he upfront about it and since it's focused as a PS5 game I gained so much more interest in the game since it's first reveal in 2019.
Nier games are some of the best games ever so ofc it's a good thing to be compared to
I always thought this game looked like a mix between NieR and