Square Enix and Aniplex announce an anime series adaptation NieR: Automata as part of the game’s fifth anniversary live stream event.
Square Enix and Aniplex announce a NieR: Automata anime series adaptation as part of the game’s fifth anniversary livestream event. Developed by PlatinumGames, the action RPG title is a sequel to the 2010 Drakengard spin off Deny and takes place in the distant future as humanity has been driven from Earth by a race of advanced alien machines. The story revolves around the android trio 2B, 9S, and A2 as they are sent to the planet by humanity in an effort to reclaim Earth from deadly alien machines, though the three later find themselves questioning the morality of their mission and their existence.
On the shelves in 2017, NieR: Automata received largely positive reviews from critics and players alike for its story, layered themes, gameplay, and music, while some reviews were aimed at minor visual and technical issues, particularly on the PC version of the game. The game has also proven to be a financial success for Square Enix, exceeding its sales expectations and selling over 6 million copies worldwide by 2021. While fans are still awaiting word on a third potential franchise installment, the creatives behind NieR: Automata has something exciting in store for the world.
During the fifth anniversary live stream event celebrating the hit game, Aniplex revealed a NieR: Automata The adaptation of the animated series is in progress. The animation studio paired the announcement with a brief video teaser of the show’s concept art with the message “NieR: Automata TV Animation Project Begins.” Check out the exciting announcement below:
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Although not as popular as other franchises grave robber and Final Fantasy, NieR: Automata proved to be a unique standout in Square Enix’s vast library of ongoing series. The success of the 2017 title led the studio to release a remaster of the first game titled Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…which received largely positive reviews and doubled the sales of the original, and spawned the mobile spinoff Deny Resurrection. Moreover, the main character of 2B has become widely popular in the gaming world, even moving to Bandai Namco. SoulCaliber VI and several characters and their costumes making appearances in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, Gravity Rush 2, Phantasy Star Online 2 and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.
Interestingly, the NieR: Automata The anime series adaptation isn’t the only property Square Enix is currently developing for the small-screen genre. The game publisher teamed up with Netflix and Legendary Entertainment in early 2021 for a grave robber anime based on the recent reboot trilogy with Hayley Atwell voicing Lara Croft, though no timeline was given for that series’ premiere either. As audiences wait for news on both projects, they can revisit or reacquaint themselves with the world of NieR: Automata available for purchase on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows now.
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