NieR Remaster Highly Possible “if NieR: Automata Sells Like Hotcakes”

Square Enix held a live Q&A with NieR creator Yoko Taro, Platinum Games designer Takahisa Taura, and NieR: Automata producer Yosuke Saito over on Facebook. While the majority of the Q&A was focused on the upcoming NieR: Automata, the game’s predecessor naturally came into question.

“Is there a possibility of a NieR Remaster or Re-Release?” pondered a fan to Saito, to which he responded with: “There is a very high possibility if NieR Automata sells like hotcakes, yes.”

Saito mentioned the game will take about 25 hours to get the “true ending,” however there will naturally be multiple endings and they won’t get unlocked in the same way they were in the first game. He let out a sly tease: “You’ll have to figure out how to get them on your own.” He also added that for you to fully complete the game, it’ll take around 55 to 60 hours.

Taura made a note in the game having lots of genres just like its predecessor, if the now-available PlayStation 4 demo wasn’t indicative enough. “Yoko-san had to put in another text adventure just because people hated the first one,” noted the translator.

One of the more iconic quotes from Taro was in regards to a message he could share with fans. “I wouldn’t expect too much from this game if I were you,” he said. Oh Taro, please never change.

Finally, regarding the release date of the PC version, Taura was quite scared of Square Enix proper, adding: “We’re working hard on it, but if I said anything, ninjas from [Square Enix] would try to kill me, so I’ve got nothing to announce.”



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  1. Pocketmarmots
    January 30, 2017 at 5:20 pm


  2. Malcolm_Ecks
    January 30, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    They should have included it with Automata.

  3. Meteor
    January 30, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Ok we got the message ?

  4. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    January 30, 2017 at 5:22 pm


  5. Vitor Santos
    Vitor Santos
    January 30, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    would be good, because the original isnt available on PSN, and is getting rarer and more expensive by the day. also we only got one version, while JP got both gestalt & replicant, iirc

  6. blackice85
    January 30, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Almost forgot about that, it’d be cool if we got a remaster with both included.

  7. Mr0303
    January 30, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I’m not sure if Automata will sell like hot cakes. There aren’t any big releases near it. Horizon is the closest, but I don’t think it will damage it.

  8. garf02
    January 30, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    “Bukkoro – Yoko Taro (Director and scenario writer for Drakengard and NieR series)


    When I heard that both the Switch and Breath of the Wild were coming out a week after the game I’m currently working on, all of my memories

  9. Mr0303
    January 30, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I’m not sure if this will affect the game’s sales. After all Zelda is not on any of the platforms that Nier is.

  10. Arenegeth
    January 30, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    I don’t think the original needs a ‘remaster’, is a last gen game for crying out loud, what is it with this trend? Another way Publishers managed to make people to buy the same shit again and again by giving them a spit of polish.

    God, I die a little inside whenever I see some retard with a shit eating grin talk about double dipping as if they just did one of Hercules labors. Oh and you can shove your ‘Definite’ editions up your ass while you’re at it.

    Sorry I had to vent for a bit, but the blatant anti-consumerism in the game industry and more specifically the lemming-like attitude of a portion of the consumers themselves is a pet peeve of mine.

    Irregardless (I don’t care if ‘is not a word’ you can suck it) I hope the game sells decently but obviously is not going to sell gangbusters, not the type of game to do Call of Duty numbers, if it hits 2 mil it will be a success by my reckoning, I’m hoping SE has realistic expectations.

  11. NuclearKangaroo
    January 30, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    hopefully automata turns out to be good so it can sell like hotcakes

  12. Will3316
    January 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    It needs a remaster to at least improve the framerate and overabundance of bloom effect.

  13. Will3316
    January 30, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    If they could fix the framerate and give us the Replicant and Gestalt versions that’d be great.

  14. Quetzalcoatl
    January 30, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    But Nier was shit


    Automata is actually being done by people that make video game gameplay fun

  15. garf02
    January 30, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    But MY TASTE IS shit*



  16. Kiwi Hoy
    Kiwi Hoy
    January 30, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    I would definitely buy it again if they remaster it. One of my favourite games

  17. Quetzalcoatl
    January 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Gameplay is piss poor, it looks ugly and the story is all over the place.

  18. scemar
    January 30, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    make it look better, re polish it, have it on the new systems and pc
    just do it

  19. Zero Eternity
    Zero Eternity
    January 30, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Don’t you know, them enhanced graphics man! And that new waifu, husbando route. Publishers know it is easier money than betting on making a brand new original game so of course they are gonna do it.

  20. A Punk Named Katsuya Jonouchi
    A Punk Named Katsuya Jonouchi
    January 30, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    This’d be nice!

  21. GameZard
    January 30, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    It needs to be remasted so we can have it on PC and get the japan only verison.

  22. Fenrir007
    January 30, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    A remaster would be good if we could play as the androgynous shonen fuccboi this time.

  23. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    January 30, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    New original game like Nier Automata~?

  24. NuclearCherries
    January 30, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Pretty good, but I’d prefer if Drakengard 3 got the treatment.

    No framedrops in that game would be a dream come true.

  25. Mr0303
    January 30, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Zelda is not even on the same systems as Nier, so I don’t think it would greatly affect its sales. On the other hand the media attention will definitely be on it, but I doubt Nier was going to get all that much in the first place. After all it’s still a niche game.

  26. Kelborne
    January 30, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Yeah, it was pretty bad. Prepare for the butthurt fanboys acting like it was something incredible.

  27. Mr0303
    January 30, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    “What is that?” – a 5$ hooker. Duh.

  28. Chris Mendivil
    Chris Mendivil
    January 30, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    If they could fix the gameplay that would be great. It had some good moments and cool boss fights, but most of the game felt like a slog to play through. Even a little more moveset variety would go a long way.

  29. Zero Eternity
    Zero Eternity
    January 30, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    No the article is talking about if Automata sells well they might remaster the original Nier whatever it is called. I was joking to Arenegeth about why publishers remaster everything.

  30. Zen
    January 31, 2017 at 12:03 am

    I mean I’ll happily admit that NieR had some fucking awful gameplay and looked like an early PS2 game but if you also think the story, writing and unconventional gameplay mechanics were shit, then you suffer from an unfortunate case of shit taste.

  31. TehFineztJoker ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ?
    TehFineztJoker ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ?
    January 31, 2017 at 12:37 am

    That would nice, hell it would have been a big surprise if they included a 7 yr old game along with Nier Automata rather than make fans wait until this game receives huge sales numbers. It is what it is, I do hope Nier Automata is a huge success for them and make a ton of sales. I just hope they improve Nier Remaster not just making it 1080p/4k w/ 60fps, but improving everything that was wrong with the game like the atrocious gameplay.

  32. hachifusa
    January 31, 2017 at 1:06 am

    mmmm…. Hotcakes!

  33. hachifusa
    January 31, 2017 at 1:15 am

    i’m still looking for a copy of nier replicant…. and also folklore.

    fingers crossed for automata to “sells like hotcakes”

  34. Kelborne
    January 31, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Typical Nier fanboy. “If you ignore the game parts and treat it like a book IT WAS THE BEST EVA!” It wasn’t. It had a few well written and interesting characters stuffed into a nonsense plot.

  35. ChaoticPesme
    January 31, 2017 at 3:51 am

    It’s a trap !

  36. Snow
    January 31, 2017 at 4:43 am

    It’s not going to do well enough anyway. Just like how they never went anywhere with the Chrono Trigger sequel because the DS remake didn’t sell well enough. A game like this isn’t going to do as well as they want. Frankly I wish they’d remake or remaster something like Xenogears. That’s a game that needs it.

  37. InzMovi
    January 31, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I don’t want a remaster, but just a PS4/PC port. 60fps would be nice as well if the underlying engine can handle it without breaking the game much. Oh, and a RepliCant version too

  38. Firion Hope
    Firion Hope
    January 31, 2017 at 5:14 am

    I don’t think the gameplay is anything special, and now that I’ve gotten to part b it is becoming a bit of a slog with the stupid amount of enemies it throws at me, but it has been fun at times.

    Out of curiosity what are some Japanese action RPGs (that aren’t souls) that you think have better gameplay?

  39. Kev Lew
    Kev Lew
    January 31, 2017 at 6:04 am

    better make the PC port good then.

  40. totenglocke
    January 31, 2017 at 6:42 am

    No one is making you buy remasters. If you don’t care about better graphics, then don’t fucking buy it.

  41. Cael
    January 31, 2017 at 7:25 am

    A futa is not a trap.

  42. Ruggarell
    January 31, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Here comes the PC dick suckers as always.

  43. wombat
    January 31, 2017 at 8:07 am

    So that’s not happening!

  44. magicalfollower
    January 31, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Here comes the butthurt console dickheads as always.

  45. malbhet
    January 31, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I’d definitely buy a remastered version if they gave us the Japanese version with proper translations, unlike that hobbled garbage 8-4 gave us. I imported the Japanese ps3 version just to play the original work.

  46. AR7777
    January 31, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Pc beggar race

  47. malbhet
    January 31, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Why are they releasing this game so close to Horizon Zero Dawn then!? That game is going to eclipse this game. I’m still buying NieR but I can already see how so many people are going to ignore this and buy HZD. Not everyone can afford to buy games back to back, many people have to save up and spend wisely, especially with what’s going on in this country now.

  48. Arenegeth
    January 31, 2017 at 9:50 am

    What you’re doing with this post is called a non-sequitur, look it up.

    Some of the arguments other people that replied to me (or posted in this thread) made, might be good case as to why this particular game could use a ‘remaster’.

    You however chose to pick your ball and start playing on a completely different course, we’re over here bud.

  49. s_fnx
    January 31, 2017 at 10:02 am

    that salt tho

  50. Will3316
    January 31, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I thought the English was fine. VAs all did a great job and the characters personalities were the same as the original Japanese one.

  51. lucben999
    January 31, 2017 at 10:40 am

    You don’t suck dick?

    What are you gay or something?

  52. Obbliglol
    January 31, 2017 at 10:51 am



    Y E S

  53. malbhet
    January 31, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    The Japanese version’s main character was changed to an old man and a lot of text was changed because of it.

  54. Nagato
    January 31, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Unless they’re having Platinum rebuild the first game from scratch, they can keep that garbage.

  55. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 31, 2017 at 12:29 pm


  56. lalorobot
    January 31, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Nier wasn’t changed to an old man, it’s just that we only ever got the Gestalt version.

  57. Adohleas
    January 31, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I’m so puzzled why you feel so threatened that you went hostile all of the sudden. Did the word PC trigger you?

  58. Ruggarell
    January 31, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    PC gaming is cancerous
    PC gamers are cancerous

    Fuck off.

  59. No_Good_Names_Ever
    January 31, 2017 at 2:49 pm


  60. GameZard
    January 31, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    No need to port beg.

  61. GameZard
    January 31, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I can care less about Zero Dawn as it looks like a boring game to me. But Nier looks very fun and I will buy it day one on PC.

  62. GameZard
    January 31, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    All Sony fanboys get triggered from reality.

  63. GameZard
    January 31, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    No no need for you Sony fanboys to get so salty.

  64. GameZard
    January 31, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Stop crying everywhere kid.

  65. Zen
    February 1, 2017 at 12:50 am

    I think you’re overestimating how many people care about HZD and the number of people who would choose it over NieR: Automata. Taro knows his audience well enough to be able to say something like “Please don’t expect too much from my game” with utter confidence that they’ll still buy it.

  66. SmugMidna.png
    February 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    May as well be

  67. LaTaleFan1985
    February 1, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Let’s hope the remaster includes dual audio option, which was something that the original release lacked. ?

  68. Cael
    February 1, 2017 at 5:52 pm


  69. AR7777
    February 1, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Go sign those petitions bro

  70. GameZard
    February 1, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I don’t do that but you Sony Slaves can continue to live in ignorance though. :^)

  71. AR7777
    February 1, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Lol begging and getting bad ports is your enlightenment.

  72. GameZard
    February 2, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Seeing as these ports are better than your PS4 versions what does that make you Sony Slaves? Fools or desperate? kek

  73. Chris Mendivil
    Chris Mendivil
    February 2, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Dissidia, most of the Tales series and Legend of Arslan off the top of my head, though Arslan could also be called Musou. But the Drakengard series in general is musou with ariel battles.

  74. Chris Mendivil
    Chris Mendivil
    February 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    I forgot about Star Ocean, and Valkyrie Profile may or may not count as an arpg, but anyone who loved the writing in Drakengard 1 and Neir should dive into Valkyrie Profile’s more mature themes.

  75. Vitor Santos
    Vitor Santos
    February 11, 2017 at 10:15 am

    oh eyah folklore is also in my amazon wishlist, it’s to expensive there but it helps keep track of the stuff i want.

  76. John Silver
    John Silver
    February 23, 2017 at 7:41 am

    if only they could finish it while at it. add ending e to be actually in game rather than having to go on the internet and read about it, especially since from what i hear automata follows that one.

  77. SteeLisPain7
    February 24, 2017 at 3:48 am

    What is up with everyone hating on the gameplay of the original Nier?

    Sure, the combat doesn’t give you flashy combo’s like God of War or like Automata…but that doesn’t mean the game doesn’t allow you to craft your own combo’s…for example on top of having 3 different weapons types that have their own animation…you can also mix things up by holding the square button for a charged attack or using the triangle button for an elbow attack and you can pretty much interrupt any attack animation that’s going on by pressing a different button…so you do actually have the ability to craft your own combo’s as you go…and lets not forget the magic spells that you can add to the combo aswell.

    Sure, it’s not all done in a fancy 3 button combo or something, but I do find it fascinating and underappreciated.

  78. SteeLisPain7
    February 24, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Gameplay is great and has alot of variety, the graphics have a unique style and the story is ambiguous and unique with alot of emotions.

    I wouldn’t call your taste “shit” because Shin Megami Tensei is also great, but I doubt you gave this game the time it deserves.

  79. SteeLisPain7
    February 24, 2017 at 3:51 am

    “Nonsense plot” You clearly don’t know anything about the lore, don’t you? Or are you complaining that it’s not “Easy to understand for the average man”?

  80. Shin Megami Tensei
    Shin Megami Tensei
    February 24, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I played it and beat it. Not everybody is gonna think the same way you do.

  81. SteeLisPain7
    February 24, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Yeah, believe what you want.