*whistle* This is looking goooood.
Since being revealed at E3 2015 as “NieR New Project,” fans of the sleeper hit from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have been eager to learn more about what we now know is called NieR: Automata. We saw some concept art and learned that some characters from the original NieR would appear in some capacity (not in central roles), but that’s about all we’ve known until now.
Thanks to the presentation at Paris Games Week (as well as some extra tidbits from the most recent issue of Famitsu), we now have a few extra details to help fill in the gaps.
Worth noting is that NieR: Automata is not a direct sequel, but it does take place in the same universe as the first game. According to director Yoko Taro you do not have to play NieR to enjoy NieR: Automata.
Our protagonist, whom you can see kicking all kinds of ass in the new trailer below, is an android known as 2B. The planet’s human populace has taken residence on the moon in order to save themselves from invaders, and from there created an android army to take the planet back. 2B is one of those androids, and she is on a mission to clear the planet of Living Machines; the autonomous weapons created by the extraterrestrials to invade Earth. They can restore and reconstruct themselves, as well as create other new machines.
Technically speaking, NieR: Automata will run at 60 FPS. The minds at Square Enix have full confidence in Platinum Games, and have given them great freedom when developing the title. Taro did mention, however, that the scenario may not please everyone due to its short length. It was announced previously that there will be a New Game + of some sort though, so hopefully that will help balance out the length of the game.
NieR: Automata will be releasing exclusively on PlayStation 4. No release window has been announced at this time.