During the recent South Korean 2023 G-STAR video game conference, NieR series producer Yosuke Saito revealed that a new mainline title in the series was on its way at some point in the future “while Yoko Taro is still alive”, and that he and the director were currently working on an unrelated project set to be further detailed sometime next year.
As covered by 4Gamer, the actual presentation containing the information drop, amusingly titled “A meeting to talk incessantly about the production of NieR Automata”, focused on just that – informing all in attendance about what went into the creation of the PlatinumGames-developed and critically acclaimed title from 2017 through the medium of some very fancy-looking slides featuring (among other things) various questions and artwork for androids A2, 2B and 9S.
Unfortunately, those out there who prefer scouring the source material for as much information as possible are out of luck as the 4Gamer event summary is entirely in Japanese, leaving online translation platforms as your best option for further reading – even if it does lead to some questionable results.
While the next NieR instalment may be a while off, Saito’s news is no doubt immensely reassuring for those fans who have been wondering what exactly the future holds for their beloved franchise, whose influence and media extend far beyond mere video games at this point – including a world guide, stage plays, drama CD, anime series and even a free-to-play mobile game.
In the meantime, if you’ve already played through NieR: Automata and are looking for another quick fix of Yoko Taro bleakness, now would be the perfect opportunity to check out the 2021 rerelease, or “version upgrade”, of the preceding title originally released in 2010 for the PS3 and Xbox 360, NieR Replicant ver. 1.22474487139… on PS4, PC, and Xbox One.
Article written by Ryan Pretorius