NieR: Automata is still pretty far from its western release, but PlatinumGames is already at work patching the game, and today they release update 1.03.
The update fixes bugs occurring when playing the game before you fully download the game, and “item names.”
One of those names, as discovered by a 4chan user, appears to be the infamous “NIN64” that caused a measure of outrage in some areas of the internet, because it was described in the game as a junk item that 2B fished up thanks to her faithful pod, and many thought that the name was a reference to the Nintendo 64 console. Others suggested that it was simply a reference to the MIM-46 anti-aircraft missile launcher from the fifties, which would make sense, since the icon was indeed a rocket launcher.
Whatever it was, it has now been changed into a more innocuous “Broken Firearm,” which will probably cause less outrage among fans of the old dear Nintendo 64.
At the moment we aren’t aware of other item names getting the same treatment, but it’s possible that there might be more, considering the “various” on the patch notes.
NieR: Automata is currently available for PS4 in Japan (with English voices and text in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish included), and will release in North America on March 7th, and in Europe on March 10th. A PC version on Steam has also been scheduled for this year, but no specific launch window has been announced for that version just yet.