The game is set on a devastated Earth and depicts the violent battle between machine life forms and the humans’ android unit, “Yorha.” Akihiko Yoshida did the character design. On an image board published in the magazine, a hero-looking “Yorha No. 2 Type B” character is shown equipped with a katana and great sword. With the “Pod” support system, long distance attacks are also possible.
NieR: Automata director Yoko Taro also leads a stage play called YoRHa Ver 1.1, whose story sounds very similar to that of Automata‘s.
Here’s a brief synopsis of YoRHa:
“Yorha,” the distant future. Earth was invaded by machine life forms and humanity fled to the moon. On a defense base satellite orbiting the planet, Androids have been fighting the invadoers in place of humans.
During the 14th Drop Operation, the new-type android unit “Yorha” troop is attacked unexpectedly and only four remain (No. 2, No. 4, No. 16, and NO. 21).
The machine life forms charge at them, but they are saved by the older androids who survived on Earth, “Resistance.” The members of Yorha and Resistance join forces in a do-or-die battle against the machine life forms…
NieR: Automata‘s staff includes:
- Producer: Yosuke Saito
- Director: Yoko Taro
- Composer: Keiichi Okabe
- Character Designer: Akihiko Yoshida
- Designer: Yakahisa Taura
A release date for NieR: Automata was not announced. More information is expected at Paris Games Week on October 28.