Square Enix Reveals NieR: Automata
SQUARE ENIX unveiled the full name for the upcoming action-packed addition to the Nier series as NieR: Automata.
Invaders from another world attack without warning, unleashing their secret weapon: the machines. In the face of this insurmountable threat, the human race is driven from the earth and takes refuge on the moon. The humans develop an army of android soldiers to fight back against the mechanical horde, but succeed only in slowing its advance. To break the deadlock, a new breed of android infantry is sent into the fray: the YoRHa squad. In the forsaken wasteland below, the war between the machines and the androids rages on. A war that is soon to unveil the long-forgotten truth of this world.
During a stage presentation at Paris Games Week, producer Yosuke Saito (Dragon Quest X/Nier) and director YOKO TARO (Drakengard/Nier) provided audience members a first-look at the title's gameplay, which features PlatinumGames's signature action-oriented combat.
"Nier struck a chord with many passionate gamers. It was something so special that we felt compelled to heed the fans' call for a follow-up," said Saito. "To create the ultimate action-RPG, it dawned on me that a collaboration between PlatinumGames and SQUARE ENIX would be a dream come true."
Accompanying the new trailer were a selection of screenshots and artwork that provides a glimpse of the visually diverse world of NieR: Automata. The title's protagonist, "2B," was designed by Akihiko Yoshida from CyDesignation, artist for Final Fantasy XIV and the Bravely Default series.
2B is an all-purpose battle android, deployed as a member of the automated infantry squad, YoRHa. She is equipped with a sword for close quarters combat, and can attack from range using the "Pod" support system. Her eyes are obscured beneath her standard-issue military visor, which she rarely removes. Members of the YoRHa squad forgo names and are referred to only by their code numbers. Though the regulations forbid them from expressing emotions, each model has its own distinguishing personality, and 2B is comparatively cool, calm, and collected.
Check out the gameplay trailer below and stay tuned for more information.