Back when Square Enix and eccentric creator Taro Yoko announced the New NieR Project at this year’s E3, it sounded like the game was a straight up collaboration between Square Enix, Yoko-san, and Platinum Games.
Presumably, Yoko would have a team within Square Enix to develop the game under his position as director – however this is not entirely the case. We’ve learned via a new interview over on Gamespot that whatever this new NieR game is, it’s developed almost entirely by Platinum Games.
“Yes, the development is mostly taking place here at Platinum [in Osaka], and in our Tokyo office,” designer Yasuhisa Taura said to GameSpot. “But we are of course getting help from Square Enix, and the composer for the original game is back to make new music. Also, the character design is being done by Akihiko Yoshida who works on CyDesignation, so we are borrowing people from other companies. But the majority of development is being done here.”
It’s worth mentioning that Taura is the one who originally came up with the idea of a NieR sequel, an idea he had before Square Enix approached Platinum to collaborate on the game.
“I was thinking of creating something new and I’m a really big fan of the original Nier,” he said. “I was creating a video game proposal that was something along the lines of a sequel to Nier. Right around the time I was doing this, Square Enix actually came to us to ask if we wanted to do something with them, some kind of project. They didn’t mention Nier specifically, but they said they wanted to do something with us. So we said, ‘Okay, we have an idea for a Nier sequel, so let’s do that.’ And that’s how it happened.”
It seems like we’ll be finally getting a look at the new NieR game at this year’s Paris Games Week, with a special presentation by producer Yosuke Saito and Taro Yoko as well, on October 29th.
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