NieR:Automata Presentation Recap from TGS 2016

** Beware of possible spoilers below: NieR:Automata trailer discussion and YoRHa stage play references appear below. **

Did you guys catch the NieR:Automata presentation at TGS2016? Check the video below if you haven’t!

I needed a day or so to recoup from being on my feet all day there… so I’m sorry for the delay in writing anything about it.

Here are some of my notes from the presentation:

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NieR:Automata TGS 2016 – Character Trailer

Square Enix just released another trailer ahead of TGS this weekend. This time, we get to see a little more of the new characters that were revealed in this week’s issue of Famitsu magazine–which you can also see below!

Here’s a look at the characters. Below I’m listing their “souls”. There really is no meaning in the actual word “soul”. It’s just meant to represent their character as a whole, like the whole essence of their personality.

Voice: Ishikawa Yui
Soul: 信念 Faith
Design by: Yoshida Akihiko 吉田明彦 (CyDesignation, Inc.)

Voice: Hanae Natsuki
Soul: 孤独 Solitude
Design by: Yoshida Akihiko 吉田明彦 (CyDesignation, Inc.)

Voice: Suwa Ayaka
Soul: 復讐 Revenge
Design by: Yoshida Akihiko 吉田明彦 (CyDesignation, Inc.)

Voice: Yasumoto Hiroki
Soul: 随行 Attendance
Design by: Yoshida Akihiko 吉田明彦 (CyDesignation, Inc.)


Voice: Akiyama Kaoru
Soul: 計画 Calculation
Design by: Yoshida Akihiko 吉田明彦 (CyDesignation, Inc.)
These are standard support equipment for all YoRHa units. They are used for long-range attacks and can be equipped with various weapons. They can also be used as a short-distance transport device. They are able to display messages from headquarters and it is possible for them to exchange strategy information between multiple units.


Voice: Namikawa Daisuke
Soul: 憎悪 Hatred
Design by: Nagai Yuuya 永井悠也 (CyDesignation, Inc.)
A mysterious young man. He wears glasses and is very intelligent. Although his temperament is rather cool, he can become very cruel in order to achieve his goals.


Voice: Suzuki Tatsuhisa
Soul: 依存 Dependence
Design by: Nagai Yuuya 永井悠也 (CyDesignation, Inc.)
Adam’s younger twin brother. Unlike his brother, he tends to be impulsive and doesn’t like to think deeply about things. He adores his brother.


Operator 21O  (two-one-oh)
Voice: Hatsumi Meari
Soul: 支援 Support
Operator 6O (six-oh)
Voice: Isobe Keiko
Soul: 支援 Support
Design by: Nagai Yuuya 永井悠也 (CyDesignation, Inc.)
These are two of many communication operators stationed on the “Bunker”. They are in charge of relaying orders to deployed YoRHa squadrons and analyzing gathered information. Each operator has their own unique personalities; for example, Operator 6O, who oversees 2B, is bright and cheerful, whereas Operator 21O who oversees 9S is cool and impersonal.


Voice: Yuuki Aoi
Soul: 親愛 Affection
Design by: Nagai Yuuya 永井悠也 (CyDesignation, Inc.)
Even though Pascal is a Bio-machine, as a pacifist who despises war, she gathers with other like-minds in hopes to find a way toward peace. With great interest in the history of humanity and the Bio-machines, she is extremely knowledgeable.


Voice: Kanou Chiaki
Soul: 責務 Duty
Design by: Nagai Yuuya 永井悠也 (CyDesignation, Inc.)
Returning character from the YoRHa stage play.
She is the director of the “Bunker” orbital satellite and is in charge of all YoRHa squadrons. She usually appears very calm and collected, but she seems to worry about 2B and 9S. She also has some sort of connection with the prototype A2.


Voice: Kadowaki Mai
Soul: 生存 Survival / Existence
A returning character from the previous NieR. Much of his memory has deteriorated over the thousands of years of his existence.


Devola / Popola
Voice: Shiraishi Ryoko
Soul: 贖罪 Atonement / Redemption
Design by: Itahana Toshiyuki 坂鼻利幸 (Square Enix)
Two old generation androids who reside in the Resistance Camp. They are aware of the incident that involved two of their same-model androids in the distance past and feel a deep sense of regret. Their ability to consume alcohol is extremely unusual for their model.


Voice: Nakata Jouji
Soul: 超越 Transcendence


Orbital Base Station “Bunker”
Location originally depicted in the YoRHa stage play.
This is one of the military installations setup in Earth orbit. A circular tube structure wraps around the station to create an area with artificial gravity, while the center area is left with zero gravity where a body repair shop, a storage facility for various weapons, and a catapult facility are located. Serving as the YoRHa squadron’s headquarters, the “Bunker” is where new units are created and equipment experiments are performed.

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  1. YoRHa: For the Glory of Mankind (人類に栄光あれ)
  3. ACTIVE COMBATANTS: List of YoRHa units in this particular squadron
  4. Squadron is comprised of 18 YoRHa units
  5. Ground Surveillance: Pod Cam
  6. YoRHa

Resistance Camp
Location originally depicted in the YoRHa stage play.
The Resistance Camp is inhabited by androids who were deployed to the surface of the planet long before the YoRHa models were constructed. Those who managed to retreat came together to form the Resistance Army and, because of their deep sense of justice, are currently lending 2B and 9S their assistance “for mankind”. They operate shops to purchase items, upgrade Pod, and offer many sub quests.



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NieR:Automata Trial Version


According to the Famitsu interview with producer Saito Yosuke, we have learned that there will likely be a trial version of the game that has roughly 30-40 minutes worth of gameplay.

Other news updates such as this as well as new trailer will be shown and discussed at this year’s Tokyo Game Show later in September. Stay tuned for more information!

Source: Famitsu, 2016-08-18 16:00:00