The upcoming action-RPG from Square Enix will be making its way to Steam on PC, as well as PlayStation 4 in the early months of 2017.
The new NieR installment is the follow-up to its 2010 predecessor, which was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Despite receiving fairly mixed reviews, gamers seemed to agree that behind the weak graphics, NieR was, for the most part, a commendable effort, made interesting by its detailed story and epic audio.
After diverse responses, Square Enix announced last October that a sequel entitled NieR: Automata is under development and to be launched exclusively for Play Station 4, from developer Platinum Games and series wonder-kid Taro Yoko. A year later and ‘exclusively’ has changed its mind, as publishers recently disclosed that the new game is on track for PC as well.
The announcement of NieR: Automata’s PC version was revealed during Gamescom, which kicked off earlier this week.
Series creator Yoko Taro made the announcement in the unique style that has become expected from him. Seen wearing his iconic helmet, fidgeting with a valve, Taro announced that NieR: Automata is coming to Steam in a laid back approach, before holding the valve up to the eye of his mask.
NieR: Automata tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim a machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful weapons known as machine lifeforms.
Invaders from another world attack without warning, unleashing their secret weapon: ‘the machines’. In the face of this insurmountable threat, the human race is driven from the earth and takes refuge on the moon.
The humans develop an army of android soldiers to fight back against the mechanical horde, but succeed only in slowing its advance. To break the deadlock, a new breed of android infantry is sent into the fray: The YoRHa squad.
“In the forsaken wasteland below, the war between the machines and the androids rages on”, the broadcast announces. “A war that is soon to unveil the long-forgotten truth of this world…”
I suspect that the ‘long-forgotten truth’ will be the linking factor between NieR and NieR: Automata, alongside a clear-cut thematic message concerning what influences change the nature of man.
All will be revealed soon enough, as NeiR: Automata will be officially released on both Steam and Play Station 4 within the early stages of next year.