VIDEO: “NieR” Follow-Up Titled “NieR: Automata,” Gameplay Debuts

Nier creative director Taro Yoko and producer Yosuke Saito are teaming up once again for a follow-up, this time bringing developer Platinum Games along for the ride with what has now been officially titled NieR: Automata. In addition to some new story details, the PlayStation Blog shared the first gameplay trailer from Paris Games Week, showcasing just the right amount of what appears to be some typically fast-paced Platinum action.



Sony describes the story: 

Earth has suddenly been invaded by beings from another planet and mechanical life forms with overwhelming power were used as weapons of war which forced mankind to flee to the moon. In order to take back the earth, a resistance force of android warriors has been created by humanity to fight these invaders.


The world that you see in Nier: Automata is one where androids and mechanized weapons clash in ferocious combat in a barren and deserted wasteland. It’s set after the original game but the story is written in a way which means you don’t have to have played the first one.


The world/universe is still linked between the two Nier games though so if you have played the original, you will no doubt recognize some of the locations and characters who may or may not be returning. The locations in particular will look different as they’re now more like ruins after the alien invasion but there will also be areas where you get the sense of a very advanced civilization.



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His new comic, THE ALBATROSS, is now available digitally. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.