Today’s issue of Weekly Famitsu included a six-page spread on NieR: Automata, including quite a lot of relevant information and new screenshots.
First of all, we meet a new character named Anemone. She is a leader of the resistance, and she landed on Earth before the current YoRHa troops. She always keeps track of everything that’s happening and is very determined. She is also very caring towards her companions.
We also learn that various quests can be received in various areas, including the resistance camp. For instance, the weapon shop might have no stock, and 2B and 9S will be required to find component in order to get it back into business.
The main character 2B and the YoRHa troops will level up thanks to the experience accumulated when defeating enemies, improving their performance. In addition to this, you can customize their skills by slotting skill units called plug-in chips. You can customize 2B according to your favorite playstyle specializing her in offense, protection and more. Chips can be either purchased or dropped from enemies.
The pod that accompanies 2B can also be customized by giving it programs, that will grant it features in addition to the usual shooting. Various attacks like giant hammers will be available. You can own three pod, each with a different programming.
On top of that, we also see more of the Cypress Stick crossover weapon paying homage to the Dragon Quest series, that was introduced in the latest trailer. It changes the damage numbers to look similar to those from Dragon Quest, and changes the appearance of chests as well, making them quite a lot more visible.
Luckily, the wait is almost over, and tomorrow we’ll be able to play the demo of the game ourselves.The game will launch in North America for PS4 on March 7th, 2017, and European gamers will get it on March 10th. A PC version is also planned, but no release date has been shared for the moment.
You can see the screenshots below, keeping in mind that they’re from magazine scans, so their quality isn’t comparable to direct feed screenshots.