Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Nier

Nier: Automata to get playable demo for PS4 on December 22

Players who have been waiting for the long-awaited follow-up to Nier, Nier: Automata, will be able to try it themselves on December 22. Square Enix has announced that a playable demo will be going live that finds the attack android 2B searching an abandoned factory for a weapon that she needs to destroy. There was no word on a possible PC demo.

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PlayStation 4 News

Nier: Automata to launch simultaneously in 2017 for PC via Steam

Square Enix has announced that their upcoming action role-playing game Nier: Automata will be released for PC. The computer version is slated to launch on Steam alongside the PS4 version in early 2017. A batch of new screens were also released, and can be found down below. In Automata, players will follow the droids 2B, 9S, and A2 as they attempt to free future-Earth from alien ‘machine lifeforms’ that have forced mankind to the moon. 2B is a sword-wielding battle droid built for the infantry squad YoRHa, and the main character, but she is backed by a Pod support system offering options for long-range combat.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News

Nier: Automata to launch in early 2017, gets new E3 trailer

During E3, Square Enix released a new trailer for Nier: Automata alongside news that it will be launching in early 2017. Currently in co-development with Platinum Games, Automata will take place in the far future after alien ‘machine lifeforms’ have overrun the world, forcing mankind to escape to the moon. Players will follow the androids 2B, 9S, and A2 in their quest to destroy the machines. 2B is the main character, a sword-wielding battle droid built for the infantry squad YoRHa that is backed by a Pod support system for long-range combat. (Aside: *Squeeeeeee* Nier!)

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PlayStation 4 News

Nier: Automata officially named, trailer and screenshots released

Square Enix has announced that the untitled Nier project revealed during E3 has been officially titled Nier: Automata. A new trailer and batch of screenshots were released from the title’s recent presentation at Paris Games Week. The collaboration with PlatinumGames will put players in the role of 2B, a battle android with the YoRHa automated infantry squad. Her assignment is to defeat an army of machines that have forced humanity to flee Earth and seek shelter on the moon. To accomplish her mission, she has access to a sword for close-range combat and a Pod support system to battle ranged enemies. As she progresses, the truth about the origins of the struggle will be revealed.

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PlayStation 4 News

E3 2015: Square Enix – Nier, Star Ocean, Final Fantasy

To a few (dignified) squeals from the staff, Square Enix announced that Nier is returning for PS4. The working title is Nier New Project, and as with the previous titles in the universe, including the Drakengard series, the game will be an action-heavy role-playing game. Only this time, PlatinumGames will be assisting by “amplifying the action-oriented combat and building a beautifully diverse visual experience that will fully harness the graphical power of the PlayStation 4 system.”

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Drakengard 3 gets final batch of DLC, contest announced

The last round of downloadable content has launched for Drakengard 3. Over six weapon and outfit packs as well as a prologue and a theme pack are now available on PSN, and each is detailed below. Several of the packs were pre-order bonuses or are from the Collector’s Edition, including three alternate color schemes for Zero, an outfit based off of Caim’s from Nier, a costume based from Nier’s outfit in the Japan-only Nier Replicant, and even a Giant Baby head for Mikhail styled after the bizarre creatures in the first Drakengard. One’s Prologue, formerly a CE exclusive, is also available, which helps to flesh out backstory behind all the bloody mayhem.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News

Drakengard 3 costume, music, and mission DLC packs released

Drakengard 3 received several downloadable packs today, adding new missions, music, and costumes. Fans of the original will be able to reduce damage taken by 5% in Furiae’s Garb for $2.99, while fans of Drakengard 2 can reduce stamina loss by sporting the Eris’s Garb pack for $2.99. A music pack for $1.99, the Intoner Arrange Tracks, replaces the tunes played while Zero is in Intoner Mode. The biggest additions are the five Sister Prologues. Each $5.99 chapter (Zero, Two, Three, Four, and Five) includes a playable level and unique weapons, while a $29.99 bundle includes all five plus a bonus prologue for One.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News

Zero makes her debut, Drakengard 3 launches in stores and online

Square Enix has launched Drakengard 3 in stores and online for PS3. As a prequel to the first Drakengard, players will venture around a medieval world in search of six beings known as Intoners. These demigods are the younger sister of protagonist Zero, who is on a mission to kill them, and her motives will be revealed as each is tracked down. In addition to the standard version, a Digital Collector’s Edition comes bundled with all of the extra downloadable content, which includes One’s Prologue, the Japanese voice pack, a giant baby hat (from the original Drakengard) for the dragon, Nier costumes, and six PSN themes.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News

Drakengard 3 interview posted, Wave Two pre-order extras revealed

Square Enix has announced the second wave of pre-order bonuses for their upcoming role-playing game Drakengard 3. The first set of extras included a voice-over pack that featured the original Japanese track, and now, it’s been revealed that players who pre-order before April 8 will receive the Nier Costume Pack. The set features Kainé and Nier Replicant costumes as well as the Emil Hat for the dragon. For series fans, an interview with Takamasa Shiba, producer for all three Drakengard games, is available below and goes into detail about the world, characters, and eight-year gap between titles. Also, to flesh out events leading up to D3, the first chapter of a prequel novella also released on the game’s official site.

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PlayStation 3 News

Drakengard 3 info galore – pre-order, Collector’s Edition details, more

Drakengard 3 has been officially dated for May 20. Square Enix is offering the game digitally over PSN but physically exclusively through their online store in a standard form and as a Collector’s Edition. Both versions come with pre-order extras, but which players get depends on when they put in their order. The pre-order system consists of three tiers, and only those who order before March 3 will be eligible for all of the extras. So far, the only known bonus is the Japanese voiceover DLC pack, which is part of the first tier along with two other bonuses. The next tier window is from March 4 to April 8, which include two bonuses, and the last is from April 8 until launch, which includes one bonus. The Collector’s Edition is limited to 5,000 copies and includes the game, a novella, a soundtrack CD sampler, a poster, and three pieces of DLC. The packs include a new prequel mission as Zero’s sister, One; the Giant Baby Hat item for the dragon; and a costume based off the original Drakengard’s Caim.

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