The NieR:Automata Demo Will Be Available in Japan on December 22!

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This news was just released by various sources in Japan and elsewhere, but the rumored demo version will be available for free through the PlayStation Store in Japan on Thursday, December 22!

It seems as though 2B may be the only playable character in this demo, in which…

…she is thrown into the ruins of an ancient factory…

…where she battles a bunch of little mechanoids…

…and then this thing apparently gets in her way…

Another fan on Twitter pointed out that this boss may be designed after the largest machine in the world today: the Bucket-wheel excavator, of which the the Bagger 293 is the largest model.

NOTE: There has been no word whether or not there will be a simultaneous NA/EU release of the same demo, however; which makes it seem very unlikely that there will be one for those regions at this time.

There are also a couple points about the demo to be aware of, as stated by Dengeki Online:

  1. Exactly what time on the 22nd the demo will become available for download has not yet been descided.
  2. Content in the demo may differ from the final product.
  3. There will be no save files or the like that can later be carried over to the official release of the game.

Point #1: Ack, I’m a little worried about this because… I have a ticket to go see Yoko Taro’s new stage play “Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare: ZERO” at 2:00pm that day… Maybe if they release it earlier in the morning, I should hold off until I get back from the play… orz

Point #2:  This makes it seem like there may still be some major changes from when the demo drops to when the game is actually released.

Point #3:  And this is a little unfortunate, as I always liked demos for this very reason: that save files can be carried over. Oh, well. I guess this particular demo will be strictly a demo. I suppose that’s okay, though, since you’ll still be able to get a feel for the world and how the game plays, etc.


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PC Release Date Has Not Been Confirmed

Contrary to the original post on PC Gamers and I believe the PS4 site, the PC release date for has NOT been confirmed to be the same as the PS4 dates of March 7 in North America and March 10 in Europe.

It appears that a source from Square Enix who previously confirmed these details had made a mistake and later retracted this statement.

Source: PC Gamer

NieR Music Concert & Talk Live Blu-ray

Producer Yosuke Saito just posted a nice picture of the Music Concert & Talk Live Blu-ray to be released on December 14, next week Wednesday!

Pre-orders can be made at the SQEX e-STORE (Japan only) at the link here. 5,184yen

The Blu-ray not only includes the music portion of the event but also the talk portion as well!

Song List

  1. Snow in Summer
  2. Hills of Radiant Winds
  3. Kaine
  4. Song of the Ancients / Devola
  5. Echo
  6. The Wretched Automatons
  7. New BG #1–> Possessed by that Accursed Disease * + **
  8. New BG #2 –> Weight of the World *
  9. Emil
  10. Shadowlord
  11. Ashes of Dreams
  12. Grandma
  13. Song of the Ancients / Fate

* The new track titles was revealed in the 1st Live Broadcast on October 26.

** This is my translation of the original Japanese Title.

Title: NieR Music Concert & Talk Live Blu-ray -Black of Destruction, White of Rebirth-
Product Number: SQEX-20032
Release Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Price: 4,800yen +tax (5,184yen)
Vocals: Emi Evans / Nakagawa Nami / J’Nique Nicole
Piano: Hoashi Keigo (MONACA)
Guitar: Goto Takanari
Strings: Tsuchiya Reiko Quartet
Medium: 1 Blu-ray Disc
Official Site: Square Enix Music
Distributor: Square Enix

And the Music Concert will reprise their show (song list pending) at Tokaigi 2017, Saturday, February 11. More info on that here.

International Release Dates and Details!

We finally have more information regarding the International release of !

Firstly, here are the scheduled release dates for NA and EU regions:

NA: March 7, 2017
EU: March 10, 2017

So, it appears as though they weren’t able to get a simultaneous, worldwide release, but it’s pretty darn close to Japan’s release on February 23, 2017!! Great work, guys!!

Next, let’s take a look at the new trailer from the PlayStation Experience 2016:

Next, it appears as though there *will* be an International release of the Black Box Edition, however, it is not exactly the same. Here is what will come with the International Black Box Edition:

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NA Black Box Edition: $189.99
Pre-order Here

  • Collector’s Box
  • Game for PS4
  • Hardback Artbook
    • 64 pages showcasing stunning artwork and illustrations from the game
  • SteelBook Case
  • YoRHa 2B Figurine
    • A meticulously recreated and highly detailed figurine of the main protagonist. Full height: 150mm, fully painted, includes a base
  • Original Soundtrack
    • Featuring 13 live recorded songs from and
  • 6 Bonus DLCs
    • Retro Gray, Retro Red, Play System, Cardboard, Grimoire Weiss, Machine Mask Accessory
IMPORTANT:

  • Products with a broken seal/sticker may not be returned unless there is a defect with the product.
  • Please note that you use the shipment services at your own risk. Signature Confirmation is recommended. Square Enix Online Store is not responsible for lost or stolen packages.
  • On or Near Release Date Delivery. While we try our best to schedule delivery to arrive on the release date, actual delivery date may vary depending on your location and method of shipping.
  • Orders received after February 21st, 2017 11:59pm PST will arrive after the Release Day.

 
There are some differences here between the Japanese release, but as far as International fans go, it’s probably a pretty damn good deal anyway. This set is lacking the “NieR RepliCant Recollection” novel and the original soundtrack here is not listed as the live audio recording from the Music Concert & Talk Live as it most likely is, given it is 13 tracks.

I’m very curious about the SteelBook Case, though. Not sure how many people would actually use an item like that, but… since it’s an official item for the series, I hope it will become available on it’s own… 😛

Lastly, it looks like this set will come with 6 of the bonus DLC, many of which are skins for Pod. The Japanese release only includes Grimoire Weiss with the Black Box Edition and the Machine Mask from the e-STORE.

Moving on, here is the Day One Edition release of the game alone. It comes with an interesting box art illustration for the International release. It is also reversible so you can also have the gorgeous cover illustration by lead character designer Yoshida Akihiko.

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NA Day One Edition: $59.99
Pre-order Here

  • for PS4
  • Reversible box art
  • 6 Bonus DLCs
    • Retro Gray, Retro Red, Play System, Cardboard, Grimoire Weiss, Machine Mask Accessory
IMPORTANT:

  • Please note that you use the shipment services at your own risk. Signature Confirmation is recommended. Square Enix Online Store is not responsible for lost or stolen packages.
  • On or Near Release Date Delivery. While we try our best to schedule delivery to arrive on the release date, actual delivery date may vary depending on your location and method of shipping.
  • Orders received after February 21st, 2016 11:59pm PST will arrive after the Release Day.

 
And the last bit of news is that the PSN demo will be available soon. Have fun with that, guys, when it drops! I don’t have a PS4 yet, so… ;_;

That’s about all of the announcements thus far, but should there be more, I’ll update this post as more news becomes known!


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NieR:Automata at Jump Festa 2017!

Just a couple days ago (maybe yesterday, even? I’ve lost track…), Producer Yosuke Saito posted a couple photos of a sweet hoodie with the YoRHa logo and 2B, but we’ve just learned more about it.

Apparently, will be featured at the Jump Festa on December 17 and 18! They will be releasing a new trailer as well as offering this cool hoodie for 4,200 yen at the official SQEX Goods Shop! But be prepared… it’s only available in one size: Large! I don’t really know why they couldn’t offer other sizes, but…. 😛 The hoodie will eventually go to the e-STORE after this event.

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If you’re curious what other Square Enix goods that will be available at the Jump Festa, you can see the full list of items here.

YoRHa Themed Sweatshirt in Production!

According to Producer Yosuke Saito, there is a newly designed sweatshirt in the works!! It looks gorgeous!

It features the YoRHa name and insignia along with the tagline: “For the Glory of Mankind” (人類に栄光あれ). The back features a sweet shot of the main heroin, 2B!

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Source: Yosuke Saito on Twitter

Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare ZERO Video Comments

The production company behind the new Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare ZERO stage play just released a bunch of fun videos tonight. The promotional video is nothing special, but it gives us the first taste of what sort of music to possibly expect from it.

PV Song Credits

  • Composition: Mukai Kenji
  • Lyrics: Fujikawa Michiko
  • Vocal: Kuryuu Mina (Botan)

The following are short comments from all of the cast members, asking everybody to come and enjoy the show at the end of December! I can’t wait!!

Special Interview Comments

Sakura

Hakuji

Botan

Usuki

Kuchiba

Mizukaki

Hajizome

Tsutsuji

Sumi

Kouji

Akasumi

Susutake

Kariyasu

Urumi

Kurenai

Chigusa

Togusa

Araigaki

Suou

Shinbashi

Watanabe Kazuhiro

Omori Masashi

Message from Final Fantasy Director Tabata Hajime

To all FF fans and NieR fans:

To celebrate the release of FFXV, we’ve decided on a collaboration with! Noctis’ “Engine Blade” will appear in ! It will be really interesting to see what sort of moves it will have! Actually, not even I know everything about it yet, but I’m sure it will be awesome. Just like all of you, I’m really looking forward to it.

And also, FFXV will get “something” from! But we’ll talk more about it later! So, while you’re having fun playing the soon-to-be-released FFXV, I hope you also look forward to Tabata Hajime


Translation by Fire Sanctuary
Source: Famitsu

NieR:Automata Updates – Famitsu No.1460

There were a couple new updates this week for . Check out the new pages that were published in this week’s issue of Famitsu!

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The two new titles by Square Enix, Final Fantasy XV and have just been revealed to collaborate together. Noctis’ Engine Blade will be an available weapon for 2B! FFXV will also borrow something from, but exactly what that will be has yet to be announced!

 
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FFXV will be out soon, huh? I’m so happy for them! I thought it was very “NieR” like to have to ride such a big wave as this, so I asked Taba-chan for a favor. “Gif us some cool weapon from FFXV!” And what did he cough up–? The actual Engine Blade!! How sweet is that!? Taba-chan’s the man! FFXV is the best! So, please, look forward to the release of ! ーSaito Yosuke, Producer

Since the release of FFXV is quickly approaching, I wanted to congratulate them & this has been something I’ve been hoping to see for a long time! ……I’m really glad the release date for doesn’t overlap (seriously). We were also very lucky to introduce the Engine Blade into the world of. We were able to borrow not only the weapon design but also the special effects and the unique damage indicator displays as well! The director involved said, “We had a look at FFXV and visually copied it.” I was also able to include a Weapon Story for it. I thought, “Is this really going to be okay?” but the FFXV supervising team gave us the OK, so… I guess it’s okay……probably. ーYoko Taro, Director

Equipping the Engine Blade will alter the evasion effects.

The numbers indicating damage will also change to be more like FFXV.

What is the Engine Blade?

The Engine Blade is one of the single-handed swords that Noctis uses. It is the sword that is given to him on his 16th birthday from his father. The blade features a unique mechanism at its hilt. As the blade is swung, the mechanism activates and gives off a distinctive “engine” sound. As enemies are defeated, the engine absorbs energy from their elements.

 

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Hi, I’m one of the Environment artists, Kouda.
9S is pretty cute, huh? Despite being something seldom seen, I thought that showing off his kneecaps was a must. I’m really glad I suggested it to Yoko that one night out drinking that we have a cute guy in the game (I doubt he remembers this, though). Actually, one thing that sticks in my mind is Yoshida-san’s rough sketch of him in a sailor uniformーit’s unfortunate nothing became of it……
I sort of got off topic there, but it’s thanks to the background team that the environments turned out so beautifully. Of course, there will be plenty of exhilarating action, but it’s also fun to stroll through gorgeous locations like this, right? ーKouda Kazuma, PG Environment Concept Artist

 Forest Region

Running along a quietly flowing river, a luscious green forest rich in nature opens wide into a expansive field beyond. Deep within the forest lies the ruins of a gigantic castle that holds the remains of an ancient, lost civilization. There’s even the figure of a run-down Bio-machine standing in the middle of the road as though it were protecting the castle.

 
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Top Image: Further in the distance in this picture of 2B and 9S running, you can see something that resembles a reindeer. Perhaps it can be ridden, too!?

Main Art: It’s now become known that the location depicted in the very first promotional illustration is actually of this Forest Region.

Production Notes: I’m Mashiba, the Environment Artist in charge of the background development. The one known as Kaji (Kaji Yasuyuki) used to be the background team leader, but now this responsibility was passed to me.
The expansive world in ruin is turning out to be much larger than originally imagined. I was in charge of the maps in the Bunker and the Factory Ruins among others, but since he stepped down halfway through development, the remaining work fell on me to complete. Although you may thing “Why was this world made so huge?”, we’re working on increasing the quality, so we hope you look forward to it! ーMashiba Junpei, PG Environment Artist

 
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The Bio-machines that appear in the Forest Region have a very medieval feeling to them with their heavy armor; there’s something about it that seems rather humorous. The one who appears to be the leader, the one in command, leads some sort of battle exercise, and fight in large formations.

Bio-machines in hardened medieval armor

Bio-machines fighting in formation

 
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Weapon Intro: Spear

Up until now, we’ve introduced the single-handed sword, double-handed sword, and gauntlet weapon types. Next up we’ve got spears. Compared to other weapon types, the spears are average class, but they make up for that in their power and reach. However, since they’re mostly a thrust weapon, they can become a disadvantage when many enemies rush you at once.

First Edition Release Bonus Items

It has been announced that the first edition release will come with special bonus items as well as purchasing the game from various store locations. The first release will come with a production code to change 2B’s Pod into Weiss from the previous game. Other bonus items include Pod variants from the SQEX e-STORE, Amazon.co.jp, Tsutaya, PlayStation Store, Geo, and Lawson.

Tokaigi 2017: The Music Concert returns!
Tokaigi is a somewhat scaled-down version of TGS that will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 11 and 12 at Makuhari Messe. This will be the second coming of the “White of Destruction, Black of Rebirth” concert that was held earlier this year in April. More detailed information about this event will be released at a later date.

 


This issue of Famitsu also featured a nice ranking of the best, high quality PS3 games as chosen by gamers. See the translation below the picture.

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Player’s Choice of High Quality PS3 Games – Top 30
#6 Replicant (197 Votes)

NieR is an Action RPG that puts you into battle against “Shades” in order to save your little sister inflicted with an incurable disease. For every main boss you defeat, you collect the “Sealed Verses” that act as power-ups for your weapons and magic, all within a story torn between themes of love and despair. Especially with that shocking B Ending; perhaps it has been seared into your memory!?

Players’ Comments

  • This is a game that you can experience so many things that you normally wouldn’t, and even long after its release, I feel like so much of it has stayed with me, in my heart. (30s / Male)
  • My heart was throughly ripped out from the second play-through. (30s / Female)

 


  • Images and Translations by Fire Sanctuary
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