By Tommy Robbins. Near-future dystopia is hot right now. So, so hot. Video game announcements are also on the warm side, or haven’t you noticed by now. So all you gotta do is toss in some wicked looking death-bots and all of a sudden you’ve got yourself a formula for high anticipation. Enter: NieR: Automata.
In the follow up to the 2010 classic NIER, Automata finds humanity resolving to fight fire with fire. Barely managing to hold back attacks from invaders and forced to retreat to the moon, mankind has all but admitted defeat. Now, they must resort to new technologies (a new and advanced wave of androids), to face the robotic scourge that has been unleashed upon Earth, threatening their very existence.
Sit back, kick it on the moon and send androids to deal with our problems… yep, that’s how you human.
In NieR: Automata, the plucky YoRHa Squad, which consists of androids 2B, 9S, and A2, return to Earth to face the not just the invaders of our world, but their weaponized “mechanical lifeforms” too. Taking the role of 2B, players will sport a close-ranged sword and a “‘Pod’ support system for ranged battle.” The statement from Square Enix definitely makes mention that 2B’s eyes will be “obscured beneath her standard-issue military visor,” but we can’t say if this has any tactical benefit as yet. But let’s be honest with each other — it’s probably just there to make her look like a badass… after all, androids don’t need to see, amirite?
Developed by PlatinumGames Inc. (famous for Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance) and published by Square Enix (famous for being Square), NieR: Automata promises to be a very Japanese game about robots fighting robots in the name of humanity. But not like those other ones.
Look for ‘NieR: Automata’s release sometime in early 2017.