April 14, 2024

Illustration: Sq. Enix

It’s been simply over seven years for the reason that launch of motion RPG Nier: Automata took the world by storm and familiarized a wider viewers with collection creator Yoko Taro. Since its 2017 launch, Nier: Automata has remained a continuing presence, from its 2022 anime adaptation, to a 2019 crossover with Last Fantasy XIV, and even a 2021 cellular sport referred to as Nier Reincarnation. However regardless of all of this, there hasn’t been any signal of a sequel—till now, type of. Followers of the collection are as soon as once more boarding the hype prepare after Taro seemingly teased a sequel throughout a London cease on the Nier: Orchestra Live performance tour.

The most recent frenzy over a possible Nier 3 comes from anecdotes of Taro’s look in the course of the Nier live performance in London on February 14. Whereas there, Taro reportedly instructed the viewers that the president of Sq. Enix was within the crowd and that if followers “needed an Automata sequel to provide the loudest applause of the night time,” recounts one ResetEra person, “The room instantly erupted into claps, cheers and yells.” The submit continues by saying the phrase Repent was proven repeatedly in the course of the present and in its closing occasion was stylized as R3PENT.

Whereas information of a Nier sequel could be wonderful, this “tease” isn’t a lot to get enthusiastic about. Taro has a status of regularly poking enjoyable at Sq. Enix, followers, and himself, that is seemingly nothing greater than a joke. As for the repetition of “repent,” Taro is thought for including issues to new items of Nier, equivalent to rewriting elements of Automata’s story within the anime adaptation, as a deal with for followers of the collection. The live performance itself consists of new story beats all through, as reported by followers who’ve attended. This additionally isn’t the primary time Taro’s off-hand or jocular feedback have was followers believing that he’s “teasing” a sequel. During the G-STAR 2023 event in South Korea final November, Drakengard and Nier producer Yosuke Saito appeared alongside Taro and stated that the 2 will proceed to launch new entries within the Nier collection whereas Taro continues to be alive. Just like the Nier live performance “tease,” a lot of that is simply speak and hope, quite than an indication that Sq. Enix has greenlit a sequel.

If you’re itching for a sequel to Nier: Automata then excellent news—Nier Reincarnation exists and it’s what you’re in search of (sure, even when it’s a gacha sport). Go play it earlier than it shuts down without end on April 29.