Today’s issue of Weekly Famitsu included a spread about the upcoming action JRPG by PlatinumGames and Square Enix NieR: Automata.
First of all, we get to see two new locations with screenshots and artwork, the “Ruined Amusement Park” and the “Sunken City.”
The park is a land of dreams that used to entertain the people. While the visitors are long gone, the facility is still in operation. Like in others it appears that a community of machine life forms has formed and they wear ornate costumes, including clown outfits.
The sunken city was the location of a large-scale battle that caused the ground to collapse, settling most of the area on the bottom of the ocean. Only skyscrapers remain poking out of the surface of the water.
We also get to see 2B fighting with her bare hands. While it’s not a “weapon” per-se, fighting like this is considered like a weapon, and specific animations have been prepared. Speed and reach are good, but attack power is poor.
More screenshots show wild animals. There are various different kinds, and depending on the type, some can be used as mounts for transportation by feeding them. For instance, wild boars can be ridden and even charge enemies in order to damage them and knock them down.
Since NieR: Automata is a JRPG, could there be one without fishing? In waterfront locations you can fish both natural fish and fish-type machine life forms. There might be even a way to use what you catch. Incidentally, you don’t use a rod to fish, but your pod. Pods can be used like lures in shallow water, they’re a quite handy fellows, aren’t they?
Last, but not least, the resistance camp has a jukebox that you can use to listen to the soundtrack of the game. It even lets you change details like the presence or absence of a chorus effect.You can arrange the music according to your mood.
You can check out all the screenshots below, keeping in mind that they come from magazine scans, so the quality isn’t as perfect of that of direct feed screenshots.
NieR: Automata will release in Japan for PS4 on February 23rd, in North America on March 7th, and in Europe on March 10th, 2017. A PC version is also scheduled to come this year, but no release window has been announced for that one.