Nier Automata is nothing less than superb, and publisher Square Enix was rewarded with sales that far exceeded its own expectations. PlatinumGames titles have normally underperformed commercially, and Nier Automata marked a turning point. To that end, Square Enix has confirmed that preparations for a Nier Automata sequel are already underway.
“As for a new NieR game, we’re making preparations for the setting which you could guess from the fact that we were recruiting a scenario planner. I hope you will look forward to it,” said Square Enix producer Yosuke Saito, to Japanese gaming magazine Dengeki PlayStation.
It’s unclear at the moment whether Platinum will be involved with the game, or indeed whether it will be an action-heavy Nier Automata sequel or a follow-up to the original, more traditional RPG. Square Enix has been posting job listings for “NieR-related scenario creation and planning work,” however, and Nier creator Yoko Taro is top of the list when it comes to who could direct the sequel.
“Yoko Taro is…I would like to believe,” said Saito. “Yoko says he will do anything as long as he receives money, but there is no one less likely to move for money as that man. He only wants to do what he wants to do. So, I’ll try my best to explicitly say what he doesn’t want to do, to guide him towards what I want to do.”
Considering the critical and commercial hit that Nier Automata was, it seems likely the sequel will follow in its footsteps. The third alternative is a totally new style of game once again, something that the ever-eccentric Taro definitely wouldn’t be averse to doing.
Where would you like to see Square Enix take the third Nier game? More of the same, or something new?