NieR: Automata Director Yoko Taro Sells His Own Gaming Fanzine at Comiket; Producer Yosuke Saito Goes to Help

on December 30, 2015 6:49 PM

Drakengard and NieR: Automata Director Taro Yoko definitely isn’t your usual developer. How many in a similar position do you know, who would sit behind a makeshift booth at Comiket (Japan’s biggest doujin convention, mostly dedicated to fan-created content) to sell his own gaming fanzine?

That’s exactly what Yoko-san is doing at this year’s winter edition of the convention, that is entering its last day as I’m writing. As an additional funny detail, he isn’t doing it on his own: Producer Yosuke Saito also went to give him a hand. Managing a booth on your own can be a difficult task, after all.

Besides working on NieR: Automata, Saito-san is also rather busy with Dragon Quest X and Dragon Quest XI, so much that in his recent message for 2016 on a dedicated article on 4Gamer he said: “Three games at the same time? Are you trying to kill me?” Yet, it looks like he still manages to find time to help a friend in need.

Quite obviously, Yoko-san was at the event wearing his infamous mask and fully-covering outfit, hiding his mysterious identity from the fans. The fanzine titled “Game Sakaba” (Game Tavern) costed 300 yen (about $2.5), and was fully sold out yesterday.

Below you can see a few pictures from the event, courtesy of both Yoko-san and Saito-san.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.