New NieR Music Coming Soon
After Final Fantasy XV hype has calmed down for a while, it’s amazing to realize that even more impressive games are coming later this year – including NieR: Automata by Square Enix and PlatinumGames. As the series is celebrating its sixth anniversary this April, Square Enix is arranging a concert and talk event on April 16, 2016 in Japan. During the event, game director Yoko Taro and other development team members will be sharing new details about the upcoming game.
This week Square Enix updated NieR: Automata website with a preview of the theme song. It’s performed in English by a yet to be announced female singer. The fans can expect other new tracks from the concert.
The Cult Legend Returns
NieR Automata‘s development team consists of producer Yosuke Saito (DRAGON QUEST X / NieR), director Yoko Taro (Drakengard / NieR), character designer Akihiko Yoshida from CyDesignation, Inc. (FINAL FANTASY XIV /BRAVELY DEFAULT), game designer Takahisa Taura from PlatinumGames (Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance), and composer Keiichi Okabe from MONACA, (TEKKEN / Drakengard / NieR). The game is developed in collaboration between Square Enix and PlatinumGames, which is said to be “amplifying the action-oriented combat and building a beautifully diverse visual experience that will fully harness the graphical power of the PlayStation 4”. You may already know PlatinumGames from critically acclaimed titles such as Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Vanquish.
The game follows a story where 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. A war that is soon to unveil the long-forgotten truth of this world.
Nice to Meet You, I’m 2B.
2B is an all-purpose battle android, deployed as a member of the automated infantry squad, YoRHa. She is equipped with a sword for close quarters combat, and can attack from range using the “Pod” support system. Her eyes are obscured beneath her standard-issue military visor, which she rarely removes.
Members of the YoRHa squad forgo names and are referred to only by their code numbers. Though the regulations forbid them from expressing emotions, each model has its own distinguishing personality, and 2B is comparatively cool, calm, and collected.
NieR Automata is due out for PlayStation 4 in 2016.