More than five years after its original release on PlayStation 4, Nier: Automata is headed to Nintendo Switch.
Square Enix confirmed the Switch release during today’s Nintendo Partner Direct, which also included announcements for Persona 5 Royal and other hotly-requested RPGs.
Nier: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition will include all previously-released content as well as new costumes exclusive to the Nintendo Switch edition. It will join versions already released on PS4, PC, and Xbox One.
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Nier: Automata is the game that made director Yoko Taro a familiar name among RPG fans while raising the series into mainstream popularity. Lauded as one of the best games of 2017, it follows androids named 2B and 9S as they explore the remains of human society. It is an indirect follow-up to the original Nier, taking place thousands of years after one of that game’s endings.
IGN’s review of Nier: Automata lauded it as a “great action RPG filled with beautiful locations and zany, fun-filled combat.” As of July 2021, it has sold more than 6 million units worldwide — an impressive feat given the niche status of the original game.
It has since grown into a franchise, complete with an anime adaptation and an updated remaster for the original game. Meanwhile, Taro is apparently working on his next game, and yes, it will be weird.
For those who haven’t experienced it yet, Nier: Automata is set for release on Nintendo Switch on October 6. You can check out the full recap of our Nintendo Direct Mini right here.