NieR: Automata will launch in North America in a couple of weeks, but today Square Enix released the game in Japan. The digital download version has just been made available on the Japanese PlayStation Store moments ago.
If you have no patience, there is good news for you: the Japanese version has options for full text and voice acting in English (on top of the original Japanese, of course), so there really is no reason to wait. In addition, text is also available in French, Italian, German and Spanish.
All you need is a Japanese PlayStation Network account, and 48.27 gigabyte of bandwidth for the download, with 10.636 necessary to start playing. The game costs 8,424 yen including taxes ($74.42, so you will have to spend a bit more), and can be downloaded here.
If you don’t have a Japanese PlayStation Network account, you can find out how to create one and how to charge and maintain it in our handy guide. Incidentally, it’ll also let you grab two free themes that were released just yesterday.
At the moment we’re not aware of any substantial differences with the version of the game that will be released in North America, besides the fact that the X and Circle buttons are inverted by default (and can be customized in the settings) but we’ll let you know if any surface. Do keep in mind that you’ll have to purchase any future DLC on the Japanese PlayStation Store as well, and play on your Japanese PSN account to access them.
If you want to see more about the game, you can also enjoy the latest trailer, and a large chunk of new gameplay. A translation of the first review from Famitsu is also available. Last, but not least, you can also enjoy the previous TV commercial, which is definitely less disturbing (but still a bit creepy).
NieR: Automata is currently available for PS4 in Japan, ad 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.