Almost four years after its initial release on February 23, 2017, the highly acclaimed action RPG NieR: Automata has sold five million physical and digital copies worldwide.
This was announced on the franchise’s official Twitter account recently, in which the developers took the opportunity to thank their millions of fans for their overwhelming support.
We never quite realized… how beautiful this world is.#NieR:Automata has shipped and digitally sold over five million copies worldwide.
Thank you, everyone. pic.twitter.com/AzICS3LYis
— NieR Series (@NieRGame) December 24, 2020
Developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix, it is a sequel to the 2010 video game Nier, itself a spin-off and sequel of the Drakengard series. The game originally released for the PlayStation 4 and Windows via Steam, with an Xbox One port being published the following year with the subtitle Become As Gods Edition.
Set during a proxy war between alien-created machines and human-crafted androids, the story follows the trials of a combat android, her companion, and a fugitive prototype. The story requires multiple playthroughs, each unlocking additional story elements. Gameplay combines role-playing elements with action-based hack and slash combat, and features switches between video game genres similar to that of Nier with elements ranging from shoot ’em up to text adventure.
In a related development, PlatinumGames has announced that the mobile game NieR Re[in]carnation will be released on Android and iOS on February 18, 2021 in Japan. It is still unknown when the game will be available in other regions like Southeast Asia.
In conjunction with the game’s release, a special in-game collaboration event featuring characters 2B, 9S and A2 from NieR Automata will be held the same day as NieR Re[in]carnation’s launch.
And to celebrate 11 years since the release of the original Nier game, the upgraded version of the 2012 RPG, Nier: Replicant ver. 1.22474487139 the game will be released in North America and Europe on April 23, 2021 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
A video clip of the game’s new gameplay was featured at The Game Awards earlier this month.
This is the first time this newest version of the game will be released in western markets, as IGN previously reported. There will be many updates to the original, including story, quest, and world expansions.