Nier: Automata Gets Character Descriptions and Artwork

on January 16, 2017 8:32 PM

The official English website for Square Enix and Platinum Games’ highly anticipated upcoming action RPG Nier: Automata has today been updated with various assets that fans should find interesting.

The website has been updated with a synopsis of the game’s story, which involves taking back planet Earth from powerful machine lifeforms:

Invaders from another world attack without warning, unleashing a new type of threat: weapons known as “machine lifeforms.” In the face of this insurmountable threat, mankind is driven from Earth and takes refuge on the Moon.

The Council of Humanity organizes a resistance of android soldiers in an effort to take back their planet. To break the deadlock, the Resistance deploys a new unit of android infantry: YoRHa .

In the forsaken wasteland below, the war between the machines and the androids rages on.
A war that is soon to unveil the long-forgotten truth of this world…

We also get interesting profiles for some of the game’s characters, including leading lady 2B as well as 9S, and A2:

 Official name: YoRHa No. 2 Type B 

A blade…with a quiet volition.

An all-purpose battle android deployed as a member of the automated infantry squad, YoRHa.

She is equipped with a sword for close-quarters combat, and can attack from range using the “Pod” tactical support system.

Members of YoRHa forgo names and are referred to only by their codes.

Though regulations forbid them from expressing emotions, each model has its own distinguishing personality, and 2B is comparatively cool, calm, and collected.

Official name: YoRHa No. 9 Type S

A soul…and an ephemeral kindness.

Though he has the ability to attack, this YoRHa android specializes in research missions and excels in collecting information, mainly by hacking.

Within YoRHa, 9S is comparatively varied in his emotional expressions and has a kind personality.

Official name: YoRHa Type A No. 2 

A vortex…of the past and hatred.

The Type A is a YoRHa prototype model that is no longer in use. She specializes in close-range attacks.

She was operated on a trial basis in the process of developing official models such as 2B and 9S.

Personality-wise, she has little to say and always acts independently.

Artwork for each of the characters has also been shared and you can view that in the gallery at the bottom of this post.

In related news, the game’s Japanese website has been updated with character artwork for Anemone, who was detailed in Famitsu last month:

anemone

The Japanese site also added some lovely concept art, which is also in the gallery below.

Nier Automata will finally be available for PS4 on March 7th in North America and on March 10th in Europe. No release window is clear for the game’s confirmed PC version.

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