Nier Replicant has an entirely different style than Nier Gestalt. The PlayStation 3 game has androgynous characters (typical Square Enix design) while Nier Gestalt’s hero looks more like Conan the Barbarian.
Nier (Replicant) vs. Nier (Gestalt)
The main characters have comparable features so they might be related or, perhaps, are the same character in a parallel universe. Square Enix hasn’t explained how or if the two titles are connected. Confusing right?
Famitsu scans also revealed Kaine as a supporting character. While Kaine looks female the scan indicates she’s intersex and gained male “characteristics” after being possessed by a demon. This shows up in Kaine’s personality, which is described as masculine. So far, we haven’t seen Kaine appear in Nier Gestalt.
Maybe, Ishaan was right when he pondered if Square Enix was making one version of Nier for the West and another for the East. The build of Nier Square Enix brought to E3 was Nier Gestalt, the Xbox 360 version. Nier Gestalt and Nier Replicant are slated for release next year.