NieR: Automata new trailer, gameplay, and character details

Meet androids 2B, 9S, and A2.

NieR Automata

Square Enix debuted a new trailer, gameplay, and character information for NieR: Automata during its NieR Music Concert & Talk Live event in Tokyo today.

The publisher also announced it will release NieR: Replicant for PlayStation 3 on PlayStation Now in Japan. From April 22 to May 16, the game will be available at an 80 percent-off discount. That’s 200 yen to play for 30 days, or 360 yen to play for 90 days versus the standard 1,000 yen and 1,800 yen, respectively.

Here are the new characters (and one old):

2B (voiced by Yui Ishikawa)
Official Name: YoRHa No. 2, Model B, “2B”

A blade of quiet determination.

NieR Automata

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. Members of the YoRHa squad forgo 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, and 2B is comparatively cool, calm, and collected.

9S (voiced by Natsuki Hanae)
Official Name: YoRHa No. 9, Model S, “9S”

A soul of frail kindness.

NieR Automata

9S has an attack function, but it is an android that specializes in investigative purposes—a member of the automated infantry squad, YoRHa, who triumphs in hacking-based information collection. Within the YoRHa infantry squad, he is the relatively more emotional and friendly type.

A2 (voiced by Ayaka Suwa)
Official Name: YoRHa Model A, No. 2, “A2”

A vortex of hatred and the past.

NieR Automata

A2 is a prototype model android within the automated infantry squad, YoRHa, not currently in use that specializes in close-range attacks. It was in use towards the implementation of formal models, such as 2B and 9S. It doesn’t talk much and always acts alone.

During the event, the staff confirmed it is aiming 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. Watch the new footage and gameplay below.



Part 1

Part 2

NieR: Automata is due out for PlayStation 4 in 2016.

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