Following the first NieR Reincarnation stream on February 2, Square Enix published new guidelines for fan-made content of the series, or doujin. In case you didn’t know, doujin in Japan refers to all fan-made content, be it manga and magazines (doujinshi), fanart, cosplay, CDs, games, key chains and goods.
We previously explained how and why Japanese companies publish guidelines like these when Studio Khara published new ones for .
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The guidelines published by Square Enix concern fan-made content of every game in the NieR series:
・NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…
Long story short, the guidelines mention:
1/ Don’t use your content for commercial purposes.
2/ Do not use any material from the series (illustrations, videos, scenarios, music) as is. It’s also forbidden to trace official illustrations.
3/ It’s forbidden to try to pass your content as official.
4/ Don’t do something that could damage the image of the series or exceeds what’s socially acceptable.
5/ Don’t use your content to attack others.
6/ Don’t use content from the series which has its rights shared with another company, such as collab content.
7/ If Square Enix tells you to stop whatever you’re doing, you acquiesce, no questions asked.
On stream, series producer Yosuke Saito said Square Enix is usually okay with everything as long as you don’t sell something and try to pass it off as official merch. He also brought up how Yoko Taro and himself already went to Comiket more than once to sell their own doujinshi. Though they can’t anymore with the pandemic.
NieR Re[in]carnation Official Stream #0
Besides this announcement regarding fan-made content, the stream mainly focused on NieR Reincarnation, the mobile game of the series launching February 18 in Japan and sometime later in the West. Stay tuned as we’ll soon have a full summary of the stream on DualShockers.
Yosuke Saito also revealed new details on , the upgraded version of the original Replicant game.
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… to cite its full name, launches on April 24, 2021, on PS4, Xbox One, and Steam. The game will be out two days earlier in Japan.
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