NieR: Automata, the Platinum Games-helmed sequel to Cavia’s cult classic RPG, has finally set a release date of March 7 in North America and March 10 in Europe, following its initial launch in Japan on February 23.
The release date was announced on-stage at Sony’s PlayStation Experience event late last week, accompanied by an enigmatic new trailer. The video (embedded below) features a series of short snippets of cutscene footage interspersed with a loading screen and overlaid with a growing cacophony of voices. Though effective at capturing attention, the trailer provides few details on the game.
This news follows an earlier announcement that the title will feature a cross-over with the recently released Final Fantasy XV. Noctis’s Engine Blade will be an equippable weapon in NieR: Automata, though how Platinum’s new game will be integrated into Final Fantasy XV has not yet been revealed.
NieR: Automata picks up an unknown amount after its predecessor, starring several combat androids, 2B, 9S, and A2, battling to claim the human world back from machine invaders. Although no characters have yet been announced to return, several will be mentioned. Automata will also draw on the tradition set by NieR and the Drakengard series of requiring multiple playthroughs if the player is to discover all of its secrets.
Despite the closure of the original development studio, several of the core creative staff, including director Taro Yoko and producer Yosuke Saito, have returned and partnered with Platinum Games to craft this sequel. Like the first game, Automata will be an open-world RPG, though it will integrate the fluid, fast-paced action gameplay that Platinum Games has become synonymous with. You can see the game in action here.
In addition to this title, Platinum Games is also hard at work on Scalebound for Microsoft, also slated for release at some point in 2017.
NieR: Automata is scheduled for release on PC and PS4.