NieR: Automata Devs Teasing “Big Announcement” For Tokyo Game Show

The NieR: Automata devs have uploaded a video in which they teased a “big announcement” for their upcoming game.

While they didn’t give any info as to what the announcement would entail, it’s possible that it could be the game’s release date, which as of writing this has only been given a 2017 date.

Keiichi Okabe, the game’s composer, also released an alternate of the game’s main theme, this time sung by J’Nique Nicole. You can listen to the new version in the video below.

The “big announcement” for NieR: Automata is expected to be made on September 17th, 2016, during Tokyo Game Show.

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  1. Narmy
    September 2, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Best announcement: 8-4 is fired

  2. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    September 2, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Aww yeah, I LOVE announcements of announcements!

  3. Smug
    September 2, 2016 at 11:45 am

    “J’Nique Nicole”

  4. Loli-Nox-Tan
    September 2, 2016 at 11:53 am

    It will be released with a “Remaster” of NieR. Wouldn’t be shocked at all if that was the announcement

  5. 2501
    September 2, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    NieR re-release?

  6. TomatoDragon
    September 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Yes. Please. Release date.

  7. Charles K
    Charles K
    September 2, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Just shut up and take my money already!

  8. Schrodinger's Clit
    Schrodinger's Clit
    September 2, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    That’d be cool. I’d also want a Drakengard 4 written by Taro with gameplay designed by TK. I was just imagining Drakengard 1 with Berserk’s gameplay a few days ago.

  9. STARSBarry
    September 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    was going to joke how it would be something about the translation team changing…. guess it was too obvious

  10. Mr0303
    September 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Makes sense. It could be a Bayonetta situation.

  11. Narmy
    September 2, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    At least bloomers are better than diapers.

  12. Aken Bosch
    Aken Bosch
    September 2, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Wait, are those only cover knees? Why devs sexualize woman in videogames so much??? /s

  13. Nagato
    September 2, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Now if only we’d get a Platinum remake of that game instead.

  14. Para-Medic
    September 2, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    They also were interested in shipping a playable demo, so maybe it is that? That’d be really cool.

  15. larverto365
    September 2, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    thats so damn revealing for women to wear smh

  16. Feniks
    September 2, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    That’d be awesome. Especially if they give us the Japanese Nier.

  17. Feniks
    September 2, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Well it would be awkward to hold a presentation without an audience ;)

  18. Para-Medic
    September 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    DoD4 huh. 3 Sets up 1, and 1 sets up NieR.

    It’d be nice if a theoretical 4th depicted the events leading up to the destruction of the “old world.” Or really just anything from 856 to 995. (In lore obviously)

    And bring back Accord!

    Alternatively, a NieR prequel which depicts the fall of mankind and the creation of gestalts. The experiments on test subjects like Emil and his sister.

  19. Maelstrom
    September 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    On PC too?
    Yes please.

  20. FrostSalamander
    September 2, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    A Nier re-release with that small expansion on PS4/PC would be pretty nice to have before Automata comes out. I never figured out the difference between Nier/Nier Gestalt/Nier Replicant though.

  21. Aliens_Of_Gold
    September 2, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I think Replicant is the younger version who wants his sister and Gestalt is the older version who probably wants his daughter. As far as I saw watching a few videos on youtube both games play the same. I can’t remember if the localised version was censored or just “localised” like this will be.

  22. FrostSalamander
    September 2, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    ohh okay. Thanks for explaining.

  23. DizzyGear
    September 2, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Squeenix insisted on papa Nier for wider appeal. They kept brother Nier for Japan’s PS3 version because Cavia begged them to.

    Honestly I think squeenix made the right call from a story standpoint.

  24. DizzyGear
    September 2, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I wanna know why they keep hiring those ass clowns despite numerous complaints. Tales of Zestria was full of typos that should have caught with a single fucking playtest because of how obvious they were. And don’t get me started on the rewritten dialogue in some parts.

  25. malbhet
    September 2, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I actually wish that to be the big announcement, I want 8-4 off this game asap before this game is fubar.

  26. FrostSalamander
    September 2, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    It’s an absolute scandal! This is why we need more feminists in gaming, I’m so sick of all this misogyny and unrealistic female character designs/outfits and overly-sexual underwear smh. And they sexualize women in games so much now because they HATE women! It’s the Patriarchy at work I’m telling you! But they always mansplain it away as just being “how the character is designed” or “it fits with the game’s world” pssh, what a bunch of shitlords. /s

  27. Narmy
    September 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    They should have been run out of the industry after what they did to Xenosaga tbh.

  28. malbhet
    September 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I’ve made countless complaints to everyone involved about those same issues, but it’s as if they are purposely fucking up the localized versions just to piss off potential buyers.

  29. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    September 2, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Let’s hope this big announcement isn’t more changed content

  30. GameZard
    September 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    As long as the game is not heavily censored I will be happy.

  31. Smug
    September 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Hope you enjoy being treated as a dumb gaijin then since the original script was 2deep4u

  32. Will3316
    September 2, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    The more people who play that game the better. It’s a crime it hasn’t received more attention.

  33. Will3316
    September 2, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Best case scenario is that the game is getting released ahead of schedule. That’d be awesome. Also no Day 1 DLC garbage, or microtransactions like SE did with Mankind Divided.

  34. DizzyGear
    September 2, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Wishful thinking. They ripped out of the sister side stories out of Drakengard 3 to sell them as DLC for 5 bucks a pop.

  35. Will3316
    September 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    If they would just give the option for the original script with English subs at least then people wouldn’t have such an issue.

  36. Will3316
    September 2, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Haven’t played any of the Drakengard games. That’s greedy though.

  37. Will3316
    September 2, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Wait. It just occurred to me the announcement might be a demo.

  38. DizzyGear
    September 2, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    My bad. Its actually 6 bucks a pop. Oh the Japanese voices will also cost 5 bucks extra…
    You should at least try 1 (2 is trash) since NieR is based off the final ending of that game.

  39. OSad
    September 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Probably because even getting to the point where you can call yourself a professional translator requires a lot of effort. I don’t know how the process works there, but you theoretically have to be able to put in your portfolio that you’re skilled in two languages and prove it by citing proficiency tests, which are not easy by any means. Then a company will probably look for past experience and your track record as far as deadlines are concerned, then they’ll go in for an interview as to why you’re the best for the job.

    Also, I imagine having a translation/localization department in your company entails extra costs; usually if you want it done with quality, you may even need an overseas office. It’s easier to outsorce the work to another company through some contracts, and 8-4 can claim they’ve previously done work on-time for other big companies, plus they probably do it on the cheap. Due to the very steep language barrier between English and Moonspeak, criticism of 8-4’s shoddy work often doesn’t reach representatives in said companies either (at least not in the volume that it should).

    8-4 can also claim to have contacts in the western market, by the form of Neogaf and Giantbomb, which probably makes them more enticing to hire for a localization project.

    It ultimately sucks pretty hard, but due to very fortunate circumstances for them, those ass clowns keep getting hired because they’ve cornered the “market” in a sense.

  40. scemar
    September 2, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    pc ports of older games

  41. 2501
    September 2, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Papa Nier is the best.

  42. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    September 2, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    The same 8-4 did the original Nier. I don’t understand the pessimism.

  43. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    September 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Because of their other work. They’re more miss than hit.

  44. Tristan (Chili1)
    Tristan (Chili1)
    September 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I would buy the hell out of that. Provided that it also gets released on PC.

  45. Loli-Nox-Tan
    September 2, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    With the sequel getting released on PC & Square having enjoying success on PC, I would assume it would be

  46. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    September 2, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Announcement: The game will be censored to hell.

    September 2, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    What’s interesting however is that there are quite a few fansub groups out there who translate Japanese Anime shows into English, in many cases better than the later pro translator will do, and they do it for every show pretty much within several hours of release.

    I remember using professional translators before in my last job for various languages and some of our own staff knew languages like Spanish or Japanese and would call out some of the poor translations done by the localization vendor.

  48. Stilzkin
    September 2, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    There’s so much backstory for Nier, it would be a shame if we never get that prequel

  49. DizzyGear
    September 2, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I Just remembered about Grimoire Nier. An official English release of that book would be great.

  50. Vernify
    September 2, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Like a few people here, I would be quite happy if this announcement turned out to be a re-release of Nier on current gen platforms and PC (alongside a release date reveal). That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was just a announcement of the release date and I suppose maybe some talk of DLC or a demo released alongside the release date announcement.

  51. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    September 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    You say that like bloomers are bad.

  52. Truck
    September 2, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    I would die from the shitflinging that would ensue if they announced a Nier Gestalt version where they replace the cute girl main character with a black fat independent feminist to appeal more to the “western audience”.

  53. scemar
    September 2, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    executives arrangements and deals aren’t always made with what the audience wants in mind

    sometimes they don’t even know what the audience is going through

    sometimes they will just minimize it

    the problems with 8-4 are very much real and their work is constantly of less value than what a good localization should provide

    however we still have people who don’t know about it, ignore why and how, and those who will minimize the issue or all out cuck for them
    so when the community can’t even get it, how can we expect the dealmakers to get it, specially made harder by the fact that they probably get doctored opinions from friends of employees of the company as well, not unlikely considering how corrupt the workings of localizers and gaming have become, it’s all friends and favours

  54. Immahnoob
    September 2, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    A blind, ataxia-afflicted mongoloid could hit a bottle with a pebble from about 120 or so meters, reaching the height of a professional baseball player, that does not mean that after all the misses he has afterwards, he isn’t a blind, ataxia-afflicted mongoloid.

  55. Pirate Booty
    Pirate Booty
    September 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Because they use exclusively Japanese people to do the Jap-English translation. Normally you need 2 people to do a proper translation, in this case 1 Japanese…and 1 English.

    Since it’s a japanese company and “We want to do everything locally, do not hire westerner!!!” is the mantra, translations are shit.

    That’s why you still see so many ridiculous translations of English on t-shirts and in songs in Japan. “I LOVE, LIKE A MOONLIGHT”. Jinglish is far more common than Chinglish, due to the culture of only using Japanese people to do translations, while in China, they are far less nationalistic about silly stuff like that.

  56. Godmars
    September 2, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Congrats you just gave them the idea.

  57. Pirate Booty
    Pirate Booty
    September 2, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I’ve used professional translators before. Be warned that good translators are not cheap, they will charge per word and 3 or 4 pages can easily run you $100+. This lady was a chinese lady who grew up in China and who moved to the US, her translations (traditional chinese to english) were perfect.

    Do not seek professional translators through sites that promote translations, personally find a translator on translation forums, a person you can personally email and talk to. Most of these people get repped on those forums and reviewed, and you personally pay through paypall or whatever. The Translator service sites are like 90% ripoff sites.

  58. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    September 2, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    That would be a great announcement

  59. FreshSnug
    September 3, 2016 at 1:19 am

    So you’ll be happy if the game is lightly censored?

    September 3, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Bloomers ftw.

  61. GameZard
    September 3, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Well it depends. If they did something as small as removed a tiny amount of blood like they did for God Eater or remove a background Easter egg like the did for deus ex human revolution I will be OK with it. But I would like the game to be fully uncensored.

  62. Feniks
    September 3, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Lowest bidder wins.

    And there is a lack of respect for videogames.

    You don’t see memes in the the translation of House of cards on Netflix when I skimmed the Dutch subtitles. No typos either.

  63. Sylveria Shini
    Sylveria Shini
    September 3, 2016 at 4:45 am

    Thank god its Platinum at the helm.

  64. Maelstrom
    September 3, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I was referring to the NieR 1 port.

  65. A Loli de 42 Anos
    A Loli de 42 Anos
    September 3, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Papa Nier is father of the year every year.

  66. A Loli de 42 Anos
    A Loli de 42 Anos
    September 3, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Papa Nier > Oniier-chan

  67. A Loli de 42 Anos
    A Loli de 42 Anos
    September 3, 2016 at 10:15 am

    you what I would Like? a total Remake of Drakengard 1 with Gameplay by either TK or Platinum. then do the same with Drakengard 2.

  68. A Loli de 42 Anos
    A Loli de 42 Anos
    September 3, 2016 at 10:17 am

    to be honest, if they were to make a Drakengard 4. I’d prefeer it followed either one of Drakengard 2’s endings or another Ending of Drakengard 1 (2 Follows Ending A, Nier Follows Ending E. there are still 3 more to go)

  69. A Loli de 42 Anos
    A Loli de 42 Anos
    September 3, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Hell No.
    you trying to talk sh*t about the Father of the Year?

  70. A Loli de 42 Anos
    A Loli de 42 Anos
    September 3, 2016 at 10:22 am

    what content has been changed?

  71. Godmars
    September 3, 2016 at 11:25 am


    Or, like with much when gaming became less sub-culture and more mainstream, too much is being expected of a studio that has shown evidence of demising returns.

    And regardless Square is directing the story, which is certain to be emotionally detached and pretentious.

  72. catazxy
    September 3, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I’m ok with Papa Nier, but, damn, they made him ugly as sin….

  73. Professor_Icepick
    September 3, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    C’mooooooon NieR 1 on Steam/PS4.

  74. Juan Andrés Valencia
    Juan Andrés Valencia
    September 3, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Oddly enough, Square wanted a Nier port for the Vita.

  75. Para-Medic
    September 3, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    DoD2 isn’t even cannon to most of the fanbase and probably Yoko himself. He’s never even touched on any of it in any of his other work. He seems content to pretend DoD2 doesn’t even exist.

    I don’t like it either. but it did have it’s moments. I also thought the dub songs were better than their original JP counter-parts.

    I feel like the other 3 endings in DoD1 all lead to relatively quick dead-ends. Maybe you could do something with Ending D, but it’d basically lead to a DoD2 like empire minus Seere and Caim/Angelus. B and C endings spell doom for the world, by Watchers/Angels and by Dragons.

  76. Guin
    September 3, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Bloomers are girls’ version of boxers. Nothing wrong with that.

  77. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    September 3, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    They haven’t confirmed yet, but the game director did say content will be changed and he pulled the “your culture is different and you wouldn’t understand the game if we don’t change japanese things” card to justify the future changes. Now for what will be changed nobody knows yet

  78. FreshSnug
    September 3, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    If it’s censored at all it’s a no go for me. Give them an inch.

    That said I won’t buy anything that uses Denuvo either.

  79. Pirate Booty
    Pirate Booty
    September 3, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I don’t know why you guys are so dependent on Steam on PC. Is gabe your gay overlord? At least if you’re going to whine about it coming to PC, ask for it to be openly available, instead of on some closed bloated platform.

  80. Malcolm_Ecks
    September 3, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    The should slap Neir 1 with the PC version our Auromata just to be cool,

  81. SoundMatch
    September 4, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Please 2 player Co-Op!

  82. RubbberSPOON
    September 4, 2016 at 4:50 am

    You guys need a weekend crew. PAX was going on and u have 0 news because u dont ever work weekends. Js

  83. A Loli de 42 Anos
    A Loli de 42 Anos
    September 4, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Well, technically it could be said that ending E was a dead end too when it first came out . Yet it ended up leading to nier.

    I think DoD2 do have legit good moments (like everything Caim related. He was really well handled In that one.)

  84. magicalfollower
    September 4, 2016 at 8:19 am

    At least we don’t have to pay to play online. Also there are many reasons why people prefer Steam on PC instead of other plataforms.

  85. FrostSalamander
    September 4, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    that would’ve been nice, thinking of it now though, it probably wouldn’t run well unless they locked it to 30FPS first and foremost, and then built the port around that.

  86. GameZard
    September 4, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    I guess it’s the same reason why most console gamers are dependent on PSN. Convenience.

  87. Minuteworld92
    September 4, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Nicoblog and igg are my platforms.

  88. ceyefu
    September 4, 2016 at 9:26 pm

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  89. Minuteworld92
    September 4, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Really!? AMAZING.

  90. Carbon Based Killer Bee
    Carbon Based Killer Bee
    September 5, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Game is cancelled for PS4, the Sony audience as they drool over the next David Cage film.

    September 5, 2016 at 9:21 am

    that or they don’t give a fuck about us

  92. Schrodinger's Clit
    Schrodinger's Clit
    September 5, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Not Platinum. I’d prefer TK.

    >then do the same with Drakengard 2
    No thanks.

  93. PixelBuff
    September 6, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I’ve become jaded to these “big announcements” because most of the time they end up not being very exciting. Would love to be proven wrong though, especially for this game, so hyped.

  94. A Loli de 42 Anos
    A Loli de 42 Anos
    September 7, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Allow me to rephrase: Make a TK Remake of two WITH Yoko Taro at the helm. that way you can keep what worked on DoD2 (Like Cain bein an Antagonist, and pretty much everything related to him. like his death with Angelus) and Make everything else more miserable to better fit with the universe.

  95. Schrodinger's Clit
    Schrodinger's Clit
    September 8, 2016 at 9:18 am

    >WITH Yoko Taro at the helm

    That, I can get behind.