Nier: Automata Brings Its Post-Apocalyptic World to the West on March 7th
Nier: Automata Collector’s Edition Features Android 2B Figurine, Artbook and Soundtrack; Consumer Demo Coming Soon
Being in America, I feel we miss out on a lot of video game variety. Unless you’re part of the master race and go crazy during Steam sales, you’re pretty much limited to huge blockbuster shooter and sports games in America. Sure there’s an occasional platformer, but generally, the games widdle down shooters and sports. This includes games like Skyrim which is a medieval shooter, and Dark Souls which is a medieval 3rd person shooter. Don’t get me wrong these games are fun, but how many games are pretty much a few elements away from each other. Japan has a much wider variety and very unique takes on genres. Usually, if they do well in Japan, we get them here, like Devil May Cry and Lost Planet. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of games in Japan that we wouldn’t like, but their developers seem to take more risks and don’t focus on making something based on something that is already working. Which brings us to Nier: Automata. This game looks monstrous! I love games where you take on giant monsters, it’s why I loved Lost Planet 2 so much. Something about taking on things that are way bigger than you creates unique gameplay that completely makes you come up with different strategies and not work on your thumbstick aiming. The game and release date was announced by Square Enix at Playstation Experience this past weekend. Here’s all the details from Square Enix:
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 5, 2016) – At the PlayStation Experience this past weekend, SQUARE ENIX® revealed that NieR: Automata™ will be released on March 7, 2017 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. Developed in collaboration with PlatinumGames Inc., the exciting new action role-playing game centers around the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2, and their ferocious battle to reclaim a post-apocalyptic world abandoned by mankind and overrun by powerful weapons known as machine lifeforms.
Fans and newcomers alike are also invited to get their hands on the action-RPG in a newly announced consumer demo, coming soon to the PlayStation™Network.
For gamers in search of exclusive items to complement the fast-paced action of NieR: Automata, Square Enix also announced the “Black Box Edition” and Day One Edition, which include:
“Black Box Edition” for PlayStation®4 system
● A sleek black Collector’s Edition box housing the below exclusive contents
● The NieR: Automata game
● Exquisitely crafted YoRHa “2B” Figurine
● Hardback 64-page artbook detailing the stunning artwork and illustrations from the game
● Exclusive steelbook case featuring artwork from renowned Akihiko Yoshida (FINAL FANTASY® XIV / BRAVELY DEFAULT®)
● Hauntingly Beautiful Soundtrack containing 13 live recorded songs from NIER® and NieR: Automata, composed by veteran Keiichi Okabe from MONACA, Inc. (TEKKEN / Drakengard / NIER)
● All Day One Edition digital content, including: Machine Mask Accessory, Grimoire Weiss Pod, Play System Pod Skin, Retro Grey Pod Skin, Retro Red Pod Skin, and Cardboard Pod Skin
Day One Edition for PlayStation®4 system
● The NieR: Automata game
● Reversible box art featuring character illustrations from Akihiko Yoshida
● Six pieces of exclusive digital content, including: Machine Mask Accessory, Grimoire Weiss Pod, Play System Pod Skin, Retro Grey Pod Skin, Retro Red Pod Skin, and Cardboard Pod Skin
NieR: Automata will be available for the PlayStation®4 system on March 7, 2017 in North America for $59.99 and Steam® in 2017. The “Black Box Edition” is available for pre-order exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store for $189.99. The Day One Edition is available for pre-order at all participating retailers.
Official Page: http://nier-automata.com/
NieR: Automata is currently in development for the PlayStation®4 system and Steam®. This title is rated M (Mature). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.
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About PlatinumGames Inc.
PlatinumGames Inc. is an independent entertainment developer based in Osaka, Japan, dedicated to making high quality, next generation games for a variety of hardware platforms. Loaded with some of the gaming industry’s most talented creators, PlatinumGames seeks to break the mold of a sequel driven industry by creating innovative, original IP that exceed users’ expectations. For more information, please visit: www.platinumgames.com .
About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix, Inc. is affiliated with a global network of leading development studios such as IO Interactive™, Crystal Dynamics®, and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 115 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 68 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 46 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at: http://na.square-enix.com/.
NIER: Automata © 2016 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. Developed by PlatinumGames Inc. Character design by Akihiko Yoshida.
NIER: AUTOMATA, BRAVELY DEFAULT, CRYSTAL DYNAMICS, DRAGON QUEST, DRAKENGARD, EIDOS, FINAL FANTASY, IO INTERACTIVE, NIER, SPACE INVADERS, SQUARE ENIX, the SQUARE ENIX logo, TAITO and TOMB RAIDER are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Square Enix group of companies. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
[Via Square Enix]