NieR: Automata Director Taro Yoko Has a GDC 2018 Panel Focused On Automata’s Development

We’ve learned that NieR: Automata director and series creator Taro Yoko has a panel at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference where he’ll talk up the game’s development.

The panel, appropriately titled “A Fun Time in Which Some No-Good Game Developers May or May Not Discuss How We Made ‘NieR:Automata'” is planned for both Yoko and game designer Takahisa Taura. It’s supposed to be at least an hour long, but we don’t know what day it falls on.

Here’s a description of the panel:

“An unbelievably miserable lecture in which an extremely strange director, YOKO TARO, and an idiotic game designer, Takahisa Taura, will try to talk about the development of NieR:Automata, using their near-dead brains. It seems that they are thinking about taking a look back on the development of NieR:Automata, and how they came together to create one of the most perverse experiences in video game history.

“From the captivating imaginings of YOKO TARO to the satisfying action-packed battles of PlatinumGames Inc., they will discuss their design process and how they worked to bring the world of NieR:Automata to life… is what they are saying they will do, but they may end up changing their minds and talking about what they have eaten in the US in detail for one full hour instead. No one can see into the future. Don’t you agree?”

There’s also another panel focused entirely on the sound design for the game, titled “An Interactive Sound Dystopia: Real-Time Audio Processing in NieR: Automata.” It features Shuji Kohata and Andrew Brasher of Platinum Games.

Niche Gamer will be attending this year’s Game Developer’s Conference, so naturally we’re going to hopefully be interviewing Yoko-san and possibly getting fun things to raffle off. Stay tuned!

NieR: Automata is now available for PC and PlayStation 4. In case you missed it, you can find our thorough written and video review for NieR: Automata here (we highly recommend it!).

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  1. Ebicentre
    February 14, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    I look forward to the recording on YouTube!

  2. Mr0303
    February 14, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    This will be hilarious.

  3. CRES
    February 15, 2018 at 12:04 am

    How many stories of Yoko Taro potentially stalking and murdering fans will we hear at this panel?

  4. oraoraikuze
    February 15, 2018 at 12:05 am

    its a damn shame, that square has abandoned the pc version completely, i still to this day cannot pass certain portions of the game without crashing, locking and generally having a stinker of a performance.

  5. Mea K
    Mea K
    February 15, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Yoko Taro, giving a talk at the official Social Justice Indoctrination Centre for western game developers. Interesting, considering half the room will hate his guts for creating 2B.

  6. RichardGristle
    February 15, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Holy shit they’re actually letting him through the door?

  7. 2501
    February 15, 2018 at 2:30 am

    The game ran fine for me, and i don’t even have a top-tier PC.

  8. 2501
    February 15, 2018 at 2:35 am

    As cringy as GDC is with their politics, they do provide some great panels. I’m curious to see what Taro has to say.

  9. VersVlees
    February 15, 2018 at 3:23 am

    Yeah same here for me I had pretty good performance and only 1 crash during the credit scene.

    However, the problem with ports in general is they tend vary in quality and one has to be lucky if the developers are willing to fix stuff. Especially, ports from Koei Tecmo have this; some are good or meh but sometimes they can be just awful.

    My PC is no longer top tier but I too tend to get lucky with ports. I just think that the quality of ports shouldn’t rely on that across the board.

  10. RichardGristle
    February 15, 2018 at 3:32 am

    Yeah as garbage as their staff/organizers and such are, there are some pretty good talks. I remember watching one about the soundtrack development process for nu-Doom that was great. Even one from a Pillars of Eternity guy about traditional Western RPG (as in D&D) elements which had some interesting topics.

  11. RichardGristle
    February 15, 2018 at 3:34 am

    Are you using FAR? It gives you a ton of in-depth control of a lot of extra settings and maybe that would solve your issue.

    I used it and I can’t recall having a single crash during my ~80 hours logged.

  12. Sir Caccola
    Sir Caccola
    February 15, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Intended Audience

    Developers of all levels and those interested in
    learning more about how a game like ‘NieR:Automata’ is created. Or those
    who are attending GDC and are bored to death.

    Blessed be this man.

  13. Shattno
    February 15, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Shit, I definitely want to see this, should be pretty interesting

  14. Zhnigo
    February 15, 2018 at 4:23 am

    I wanna watch~

  15. Jbumi
    February 15, 2018 at 5:18 am

    Yoko Taro is always a good choice for a panel – you never know what he’ll say!!

    The most needed panel is one run by Larian teaching EA & its ilk how to make successful AAA games sans loot boxes!!

  16. DukeMagus
    February 15, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Can the light reflected on the moon’s face melt snowflakes?

  17. DukeMagus
    February 15, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Made 22 endings in pc, never crashed. Use borderless gaming and all will be fine.

  18. The Clansman
    The Clansman
    February 15, 2018 at 6:52 am

    There is always a guy like this in every Automata thread and I have never encounter any issues.

  19. ProxyDoug
    February 15, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Ones that I would suggest are First Person Animation in Overwatch and Why your Game Pitch Sucks.
    Anything about the production of certain game is valuable, and most about story telling or management are probably hogwash.

    February 15, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Automata is so good

    February 15, 2018 at 8:16 am

    LMAO should have bought the PS4 version. I’m over here enjoying a non crashing glitchy version.

  22. Feniks
    February 15, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Could be an epiphany for all those devs.

    “Make game for people who buy games and make money”

    Nier Automata shows that you don’t need a huge budget to make a nice return.

  23. Exien
    February 15, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Yeah i needed to wait 3 months email the support dozen of times try everything i could before AMD solve the white screen problem, some Nvidia series

    still cant play this game, Square is the worst puplisher for PC i will never buy anything from then again. The next Nier, Final Fantasy or any other game from them are gonna get pirated thats for sure.
    Edit : oh yeah you still NEED a fucking 3rd party program to run it, even for joking options such as like Fullscreen.

  24. 2501
    February 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    This Arcsys panel is my fav, featuring the guy that sings those songs from BlazBlue.


  25. GamesGoodMeGood
    February 15, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    I wonder if Yoko Taro applied for the panel or if he got an invite for it?

    If it’s the latter, then he should have refused. The GDC’s SJW ideology has no place in the video games industry.

    I hope Yoko Taro is aware that the GDC are a bunch of feminist parasites, and he will probably be interrogated asked questions relating to gender politics on the issue of 2B.


  26. JohnnyCageFan2
    February 15, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Came here to mention him bludgeoning that girl to death. Would be fun if he implied that he killed an absentee.

  27. JohnnyCageFan2
    February 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Remember the T-shirt video? I have a feeling that he’ll be trolling all the way and talking about what he ate or what he wants to eat.

  28. Shadow3010
    February 16, 2018 at 9:22 am

    OMG i need it!

  29. Phantasos
    February 17, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    He doesn’t give a shit about social drama in video games, he’s done GDC before and it seems he’s doing it again, which is what you should be doing because the vast majority of these panels are incredibly interesting if you’re into game development. This is the only western venue that Taro is willing to give presentations about his shit or most japanese developers, for that matter.