Celebrating Six Years of NieR
This year, we are celebrating NieR’s sixth anniversary! As part of the celebration, Square Enix arranged a special concert and talk event in Japan last weekend. During the event, game director Yoko Taro and other development team members shared uncovered details about NieR: Automata: new YohRA characters and footage – where these screenshots are coming as well. NieR Automata’s theme song is called: “The Weight of the World” and is performed by J’Nique Nicole.
Introducing the Members of the YoRHa
The new footage revealed two new Members of the YoRHa: A2 and 9S. The squad forgoes 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. For example, 2B is comparatively cool, calm, and collected.
A2 | Voiced by Ayaka Suwa
A2 is a member of the automated infantry squad, YoRHa. She is said to be specialised in close combat, but she isn’t currently operating. Her key characterisations are “past”, “hatred” and “vortex”. In addition, all her battle gear is broken down and she isn’t equipped with any weapons.
9S | Voiced by Natsuki Hanae
9S is a member of the automated infantry squad, YoRHa, specialising in the aircraft combat and hacking. Similar to 2B, he is equipped with a sword for close quarters combat, is followed by a little droid and wears a military visor. He’s described to be “ephemeral”, relatively emotional and kind towards others.
2B | Voiced by Yui Ishikawa
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. 2B is cool, calm, and collected.
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.
NieR Automata is now in development for PlayStation 4 and is set for release in 2016.