Update: PC version release date is still set “early 2017”.
Today, Square Enix announced that Nier: Automata will be releasing March 7, 2017 (North America) and March 10 (Europe) on PlayStation 4. At release there will be available two versions, Day One and Black Box – a collector’s edition including artbook, figure and more. Square Enix also revealed the Western box art for the game. If you are looking for getting a hands-on experience, Square Enix is planning to release a playable demo in a few weeks.
You can pre-order the collector’s edition exclusively from Square Enix Europe or North America stores.
Nier: Automata Black Box Edition
- Nier: Automata
- YoRHa 2B Figurine
- Hardback Artbook
- Steelbook Case
- Original Soundtrack featuring 13 live recorded songs from NIER and NieR Automata
- Collector’s Box
- Bonus digital content
Day One Edition
- Retro Grey Pod Skin
- Retro Red Pod Skin
- Play System Pod Skin
- Cardboard Pod Skin
- Grimoire Weiss Pod
- Machine Mask Accessory
Last week, Square Enix also announced a collaboration with Final Fantasy XV as well. As part of the collaboration, the Protagonist 2B will be able to wield Noctis’ iconic Engine Blade in the battlefield. When equipping the Engine Blade, it will alter the evasion effects and damage display to match the style of Final Fantasy XV.There are also plans to feature content from the NieR series in Final Fantasy XV Further updates will follow at a later date.
Automata 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‘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.