With the upcoming global release of NieR: Reincarnation and the recent NieR Replicant remake, it is easier than ever for fans to delve into the thought-provoking and depressing world of Yoko Taro. But with all the different branches and endings that the games can take, the timeline can be confusing. That’s especially true for players who never played the Drakengard. To help those fans understand the story, NieR: Reincarnation’s Twitter has set up a hashtag for the Drakengard and NieR timeline.
The hashtag is “#NieR年表” which literally translates to “NieR Timeline.” Rather than posting everything under one thread, the NieR: Reincarnation Twitter account will Tweet trivia about major events in the NieR and Drakengard story, along with the year they happened. The order seems focused on NieR rather than the grand Drakengard lore. For example, the first post is about an event that happens in 2003 A.D.
【NieRの世界① – 西暦2003年】
— NieR Re［in］carnation (@NieR_Rein) May 23, 2021
The first Tweet in the hashtag is canonically the first event that happens in NieR. But, it is one of the last events to happen in Drakengard. In 2003 A.D., a giant and a red dragon suddenly appear in Shinjuku. After the red dragon kills the Grotesquerie Queen, missiles shoot her down and the spores from her body cause a mysterious illness in Tokyo. This sets up the world of NieR, which is a continuation from Drakengard’s Ending E.
NieR: Reincarnation is currently available on mobile devices in Japan, though pre-registration for the upcoming global version is open. NieR Replicant and NieR Automata are available on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The first two Drakengard games released on PlayStation 2 and Drakengard 3 came out on PlayStation 3.