NieR: Automata Director Yoko Taro Removes His Mask and... a Wild Hideki Kamiya Appears!

NieR: Automata Creative Director Yoko Taro and Bayonetta Director Hideki Kamiya collaborate for an hilarious gag, while Square Enix introduces new NieR merchandise tied to its cafe in Tokyo.

Today Square Enix officially presented the new NieR: Automata Makeover of its Square Enix Cafe in Akihabara, Tokyo.

During the presentation, that starred Creative Director Yoko Taro, Producer Yosuke Saito and Designer Takahisa Taura, a rather hilarious gag was enacted. “Yoko Taro” accepted to finally remove his iconic mask, and… it was actually PlatinumGames Director Hideki Kamiya all along!

Yoko-san was actually off camera, basically voicing himself. To be clear, this isn’t a reveal that Yoko Taro is actually the secret identity of Hideki Kamiya (even if that would have been awesome).

Interestingly, we also get the announcement of new merchandise for the game. First of all, if you order a drink at the Square Enix cafe during the collaboration (including take-out drinks), you get a coaster with one of the characters of the game, out of a series of ten, plus a secret one.

Secondly, ordering lunch will net you one of four lovely lunch mats reproducing scenes of the game.

More merchandise will be sold exclusively at the Square Enix cafe, including a notebook with the YoRHa troops emblem, metal tumblers, a series of chara-vinyls and pass cases.

And that’s not all, as even more is being planned:

  • NieR: Automata BRING ARTS 2B (6 inches figure)
  • NieR BRING ARTS Kainé (6 inches figure)
  • NieR: Automata TRADING ARTS Mini (gacha figures, series of 10 + secret one)
  • NieR: Automata Mini PLUSH 2B
  • NieR: Automata Mini PLUSH Machine Life Form

On top of that, we also get to see a music box reproducing the NieR Grimoire Weiss, coming with collectible cards reproducing the characters of both NieR and NieR: Automata. This is also currently being produced.

Below you can check out the hilarious gag with Hideki Kamiya, and the whole video, on top of images of some of the merchandise.

If you want to see more of the Square Enix Cafe in Tokyo, you can check out our report about it, from the grand opening event when it was styled after Final Fantasy XV.

If you’re in Tokyo, it’s really easy to find: it’s right besides the front entrance of the giant Yodobashi Camera store in Akihabara. As a personal suggestion, you should probably go before it gets late in the afternoon, especially in the weekend, because several items on the menu tend to get sold out after 4 PM.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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.

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