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Here’s the First Gameplay for NieR: Automata

We’ve gotten the first look at the debut trailer for Square Enix and Platinum Games’ NieR: Automata, from their unveiling of the game during this year’s Paris Games Week.

Featured above, you can view the debut trailer for the game. One thing of note – the game runs at 60 frames per second. Find some high-definition screenshots for the game (we had these in our previous report), below:

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Below, you can get a synopsis for the game, via the PlayStation Blog:

Story

Earth has suddenly been invaded by beings from another planet and mechanical life forms with overwhelming power were used as weapons of war which forced mankind to flee to the moon. In order to take back the earth, a resistance force of android warriors has been created by humanity to fight these invaders.

The world that you see in Nier: Automata is one where androids and mechanized weapons clash in ferocious combat in a barren and deserted wasteland. It’s set after the original game but the story is written in a way which means you don’t have to have played the first one.

The world/universe is still linked between the two Nier games though so if you have played the original, you will no doubt recognize some of the locations and characters who may or may not be returning. The locations in particular will look different as they’re now more like ruins after the alien invasion but there will also be areas where you get the sense of a very advanced civilization.

Most of the story is still shrouded in mystery though so there’s more to look out for and discover further down the line.

Who is the female character in the gameplay trailer?

She’s not actually female, or maybe it’s more accurate to say she’s not actually human. Her name or serial number is 2B and she’s an android. In the world of Nier, there are strict rules meaning this kind of android is not allowed to have emotions. However, each different model has its own quirks and characteristics and 2B has a comparatively cold and level headed personality.

Keen fans and eagle-eyed readers might have noticed that at the end of the E3 announcement trailer there were three words that popped up — “doll,” “human,” and “machine” so there were hints from the start…

In case you missed it – you can find our previous report detailing the game’s world, female protagonist, and more.

NieR: Automata is currently in development for PlayStation 4, and does not have a release date.

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