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NieR Automata
Genre: Action role-playing
Developer(s): Platinum Games
Publisher(s): Square-Enix
Director: Taro Yoko
Producer(s): Yosuke Saito
Composer: Keiichi Okabe
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Steam
Release Date: JP February 23, 2017 NAMarch 7 2017
Rating(s): TBA
Preceded By: NieR RepliCant
NieR Gestalt
Succeeded By: TBA

NieR:Automata (with the title stylized as NieR) is an upcoming action adventure video game developed by Platinum Games and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and PC. It is the indirect sequel to both NieR RepliCant and NieR Gestalt (NIER), and is set around the year 11944, during the 14th Machine War.

Plot Edit

Demo 120161128 Edit

2B, supported by 9S, is sent to the Factory to eliminate their target. After making her way through the facility and being attacked several times by Goliath wheels, 2B makes her way out of the facility without having found her target. 9S informs her that there is another facility across the bridge, but that it's unusual for command to get the location of a target wrong. 2B then tells him that they weren't wrong, as she is attacked by Goliath.

A fight ensues, leading to 9S joining the fight, only to be slammed off his flight unit by Goliath. When Goliath is down, 2B makes her way to the top of him to find a mortally wounded 9S. He implores 2B to leave him to finish the mission and destroy the target. 2B hesitantly complies and takes his flight unit to defeat Goliath. After the target is destroyed, 2B and 9S reunite, only for three more Goliaths to appear and attack them. 2B and 9S are forced to detonate their black boxes in order to destroy the Goliaths, but their fates are left unknown.

StoryEdit

EndingsEdit

Automata Spoiler That is why you, the YoRHa forces, exist:
SPOILER ALERT - Plot details for NieR: Automata follow.

flowers for m[A]chines

  • Narrated from 2B's perspective.
Following his brother's defeat, Adam goes berserk and attacks 2B and 9S. Eve uses the lifeforce of the remaining machine lifeforms connected to the network to continue his onslaught. 9S hacks into Adam to make an attempt at removing his object control function. During his time inside Eve, 9S is infected by Eve's corruption but ultimately suceeds in eliminating Eve's object control function. When 9S reaches the end of Eve's labyrinth, he sees a giant house containing figments of Eve and Adam sitting across each other. The imaginary Eve wishes talks to the imaginary Adam and wishes to go someplace with him.
Adam kneels before 2B in defeat, calling out to his brother. 2B stabs him in the head, killing him.
At the end of A-route, while attempting to disconnect Eve from the network to stop him from receiving more energy, 9S's data is corrupted. After the final battle with Eve, 9S gradually transforms. Seeing no other choice, 9S asks 2B to finish him off, reassuring her that his back up data at the Bunker can always be uploaded in a new body again. 2B protests, pointing out that although it's true, it comes at the cost of himself at the very moment they are talking, but eventually gives in and carries out his wish. Holding 9S's corpse in her arm, 2B breaks down, crying that "It always...ends like this...". However, the machines' data transmission around the battle field soon stars resonating with each other and 9S intact consciousness is regenerated via the network.
The A-route ends with 9S - now in a giant machine body - holding 2B in his hand while she narrates: "What is it that separates machines from androids like us? The machine has gained emotion...Consciousness. The final screams they summon on the edge of death...They still echo within me."

or not to [B]e

  • Narrated from 9S's perspective.
Following his brother's defeat, Adam goes berserk and attacks 2B and 9S. Eve uses the lifeforce of the remaining machine lifeforms connected to the network to continue his onslaught. 9S hacks into Adam to make an attempt at removing his object control function. During his time inside Eve, 9S is infected by Eve's corruption but ultimately suceeds in eliminating Eve's object control function. When 9S reaches the end of Eve's labyrinth, he sees a giant house containing figments of Eve and Adam sitting across each other. The imaginary Eve wishes talks to the imaginary Adam and wishes to go someplace with him.
Adam kneels before 2B in defeat, calling out to his brother. 2B stabs him in the head, killing him.
At the end of A-route, while attempting to disconnect Eve from the network to stop him from receiving more energy, 9S's data is corrupted. After the final battle with Eve, 9S gradually transforms. Seeing no other choice, 9S asks 2B to finish him off, reassuring her that his back up data at the Bunker can always be uploaded in a new body again. 2B protests, pointing out that although it's true, it comes at the cost of himself at the very moment they are talking, but eventually gives in and carries out his wish. Holding 9S's corpse in her arm, 2B breaks down, crying that "It always...ends like this...". However, the machines' data transmission around the battle field soon stars resonating with each other and 9S intact consciousness is regenerated via the network.
The A-route ends with 9S - now in a giant machine body - holding 2B in his hand while he narrates.

meaningless [C]ode

  • Choosing A2 will yield this ending.
A2 decides to battle 9S and near the battle's end, she cuts off his arm and hacks into his mind with Pod 042's assistance. While navigating the mind of 9S, Pod 042 continuously warns A2 that the chances of removing the corruption plaguing 9S are slim at best. A2 suggests she has a plan but Pod 042 strongly advises against harm against YoRHa units it supports, with A2 expressing admiration at the pod's loyalty. After discovering a slumbering 9S at the end of the labyrinth, A2 tells Pod 042 to take care of 9S while she tries to accomplish one more thing.
The body of 9S is lifted away from the site by Pod 042 per A2's instruction. His condition following the structure's destruction is unknown. As Pod 042 leaves with 9S's body, A2 walks towards the pillar of light and hears the laughter of children. She severs the functionality of the structure, causing it to crumble and returning her to reality. A2 mentions that she never realized how beautiful the world was, proclaiming to "everyone" that she is coming. As A2 reaches her hand out to the sky, she perishes within the crumbling structure's decline and debris.
In the aftermath of the credits, the debris from the destruction of the structure is seen throughout the area. A lone moose stares at a rock with 2B's sword impaled on it.

chil[D]hood's end

  • Choosing 9S will yield this ending.
9S fights A2 with severe malice and is almost overpowered by her. A2 hesitates as she recalls 2B's request and is impaled by 9S's sword. A2 falls to the ground in a pool of her own blood while 9S falls right beside her, impaling himself on 2B's sword. He dies while attempting to get 2B's sword out of his torso but to no avail.

the [E]nd of YoRHa

  • After getting endings C and D, the credits will start to flicker giving an opportunity to get this ending.The Pods start to rebuild 9S,2B,and A2 with all their past memories intact.
A deactivated A2 sits on the edge of an open window while a dove is perched next to her.

mission [F]ailed

Acquired after hacking the machine in "Battle of attack units(?)" in B route and failing to restore fatal injury by waiting the time limit.

hun[G]ry for knowledge

Acquired by neglecting the mission as 9S at the beginning of NG+. https://youtu.be/FIdUgX4TAbk

a mountain too [H]igh

Acquired by leaving the area with Goliath in the city, abandoning the mission. https://youtu.be/CQCHV53VEXU?t=11226

no [I] in team

Chapter 08-1_2, acquired after defeating Adam in the town, not approaching 9S and running away from him.

bad [J]udgment

Chapter 09-01_3, acquired by killing the pastor.

aji wo [K]utta

Acquired by eating a fish. https://youtu.be/8viBVcMrfxI

[L]one wolf

Chapter 10-02, acquired by running away from sphere boss fight OR in chapter 10-01_3 by running away instead of saving the refugee camp.

break ti[M]e

Acquired by running away from burning Pascal village.

[N]o man's village

Acquired by killing peaceful village members.

just y[O]u and me

Acquired by leaving the operational area from the battle grounds on route C.

corru[P]tion

Chapter 11-06, acquired by dying from the virus (takes a long time).

[Q]uestionable actions

Acquired after losing 2B on the C route (3rd lap), by not gooint to 2B as 9S and leaving the place.(?)

mave[R]ick

Chapter 14-05, acquired by attacking peaceful robots near pascal.

city e[S]cape

Acquired by abandoning Devola and Popola protecting you while you are hacking the tower.

fa[T]al error

Acquired by removing the OS chip. https://youtu.be/gRqBcR05iDk

deb[U]nked

  • Use self-destruct while in the bunker.
By self-destructing at the Bunker, the entire structure ended up exploding in a spectacular fashion. But hey, it sure did look pretty from Earth! Somewhere in the depths of space, the Commander still floats about with a stern look on her face.

reckless bra[V]ery

Chapter 17-01, acquired by waiting until Devola and Popola are exhausted in the scene where you hack the tower.

broken [W]ings

Acquired by dying in the first mission. https://youtu.be/MMSSukXH3oo

???

???

over[Z]ealous

Acquired by killing Pascal after saving her. https://youtu.be/L7Hdfqoq4TE

CharactersEdit

Name Description Voice
2B Portrait
2B
Female model android created by humans who fled to the Moon to avoid extinction by the Machines. The main playable character and protagonist. Japanese:
Yui Ishikawa
English:
Kira Buckland
9S Portrait
9S
Scanner type android who is best served when hacking, however he is still able to keep up with other close-range attackers. He has a very gentle and kind personality. The second playable character and deuteragonist. Japanese:
Natsuki Hanae
English:
Kyle McCarley
A2 Portrait
A2
A prototype model that was used in order to create the superior 2B and 9S. She doesn't like to speak and often keeps to herself. The final playable character and deuteragonist. Japanese:
Ayaka Suwa
English:
Cherami Leigh
Pod042 PortraitPod 153 Portrait
Pod 042 & Pod 153
Accompanying support units of YoRHa. They provide support with long-ranged attacks and mobility. Their names are read as "Pod zero-four-two" and "Pod one-five-three". Japanese:
Hiroki Yasumoto, Kaoru Akiyama
English:
DC Douglas, Abby Trott
Adam Portrait
Adam
A silver-haired young man whose identity is shrouded in mystery. He has a cool-headed temperament but can take merciless action for the sake of his objective. Japanese:
Daisuke Namikawa
English:
Greg Chun
Eve Portrait
Eve
Adam’s younger, twin brother. He’s more simple-minded and doesn’t put much deep thought into things. Japanese:
Tatsuhisa Suzuki
English:
Ray Chase
Pascal1 Portrait
Pascal
In spite of being a Bio-machine, Pascal is a pacifist. She is highly intelligent and has an interest in the history of both humans and Bio-machine. Japanese:
Aoi Yuki
English:
Alexis Tipton
Commander Portrait
Commander
The calm and composed commander of the YoRHa units and director of the orbital satellite known as the “Bunker”. There is some connection between her and A2. Japanese:
Chiaki Kanou
English:
N/A
Emil Portrait
Emil
A character who traveled with Nier in the previous game. While he has high magical power deep inside him, he has lost a significant portion of his memory over the long years. Japanese:
Mai Kadowaki
English:
Julie Ann Taylor
Devola PortraitPopola Portrait
Devola & Popola
Old-model androids who reside in the Resistance camp. They feel a great sense of responsibility for the mistakes made by their sister models in the past. They act as support for 2B and 9S. Japanese:
Ryoko Shiraishi
English:
Claudia Lenz
YoRHa Portrait
Operator 6O & Operator 21O
Communication operators of the Bunker, who provide the YoRHa with information analysis and messages from the commander. 6O is much more friendly and personal, whereas 21O is more cold and impersonal. *Please note that the "O" in their names also designate their position of Operator. Their names are read as "Operator six-oh" and "Operator two-one-oh". Japanese:
Keico Isoi, Meari Hatsumi
English:
Cassandra Lee Morris, Connor Kelly
Anemone Portrait
Anemone
A leader of the Resistance, who landed on Earth before the YoRHa Units. She has a steadfast personality and cares for her friends. She is a returning character from the YoRHa stage play. Japanese:
Meari Hatsumi
English:
Erica Lindbeck

Gameplay Edit

The gameplay will be a hybrid between NieR/Drakengard and Platinum Games' style of gameplay (i.e. Bayonetta)

Some elements from Nier to appear are multiple weapon types, projectile attacks, and dodging. Some enemies are able to fire orbs, similar to the previous game.

New features include gliding, using multiple weapon types without switching weapons, sprinting, and the removal of spells from the previous game.

Development Edit

The development of the story first began in May of 2012 when Yoko Taro teamed up with DearStage to create an idol group called "YoRHa". He created a detailed background story for the group that was published with their first and only single CD release of the songs composed by MONACA, "Normandy" and "Guadalcanal". Yoko Taro later wrote a stage play of the same name, "YoRHa", which had two significant runs:

  • YoRHa Ver.1.0 - October 2014, DVD released February 2015
  • YoRHa Ver.1.1 - May 2015

NieR:Automata was announced June 16, 2015 at E3 along with a teaser trailer. New environments and the protagonist, 2B, were shown.

A demo was released December 22, 2016 on the PSN store.

TriviaEdit

  • Some characters from NieR RepliCant and NieR Gestalt will appear in this game but not as primary characters. These are revealed to be Emil, Devola, Popola, and possibly more. Previous main characters will be mentioned. [1]
  • There will not be a split release like that of NieR RepliCant and NieR Gestalt.
  • The game is said to take place some time after Ending D of NieR but is not directly after the events of the first game.[1]
  • The tattoos that appear on Eve's body form the symbol of the Cult of the Watchers from Drakengard. The significance of this is not yet known. However, the founder of the Cult, as well as the significance of the Cult's symbol, are both references to the biblical story of Adam and Eve.
  • Like with Ending D from the original NieRs, there will be player choices that lead to the deletion of all save files.
  • The Celestial Alphabet displayed at the end of the teaser trailer translates to "Androids, Humans, Robots". An alternative reading, according to Dengeki Online, translates to "Angels, Humans, Robots", however this is unlikely with the revelation of the official title "NieR: Automata".
  • The story as revealed so far bears a striking resemblance to the plot of Yoko's stage play, "YoRHa".[2]
    • YoRHa Intro Summary (by Fire Sanctuary): During the 14th Machine Armament War in the year 11,941AD, humans are near extinction. With the invasion of the “Living Machines”, humanity had no choice but to abandon the planet, taking refuge upon the Moon. Their only hope lie in an armada of specially configured androids called “YoRHa”. Programmed with human emotions and feelings, they descend upon the surface of the planet to combat the ceaseless onslaught of the Machines.

    • With the destruction of YoRHa No1 in the descent to the planet, No2 assumes command over all units… however reluctant and unsure of her own abilities. She remains this way throughout the entity of the play; she keeps her black “visor” on the longest…only taking it off in the final scene when she faces the machines on her own.

    • No2, after witnessing the destruction of her unit and the last of the Resistance, a failed YoRHa expedition hundreds of years before her time, is alone among a cold, unfeeling world ruled by machines.

GalleryEdit

TrailerEdit

 
Nier II
Imginfo-iconThe tentative title
 
9fc6c0c1a63f3e2e0f31d5e88e1d9211
Imginfo-iconAn end-of-video message in the runes found throughout Nier and the Drakengard series.[3][4]
 
Protagonist
Imginfo-iconThe new protagonist

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