During a panel hosted at PAX East, NieR: Automata Director Yoko Taro, Producer Yosuke Saito, and Composer Keiichi Okabe responded to questions from the audience.
Saito-san mentioned that there is a 50% chance for the NieR series to be continued, but that percentage is mostly because he wants to work together with the team again, and the rest depends on whether Yoko Taro wants to make another game or not.
Yoko Taro mentioned that he actually doesn’t like to create sequels, and he feels that NieR: Automata was complete in its own right. Yet, since the protagonists are Android, maybe he could turn them into bugs and have a bug fighting game instead.
Asked whether he’d like to create a game telling the story of how the machines won against humanity, Yoko Taro commented that he will if it’s a vertical shooter. Saito responded that they would start crowdfunding for that, and Yoko-san concluded that he is guessing that Square Enix won’t give him any budget for such a game.
Of course, part of that was probably a joke… Probably.
Things got definitely interesting at the end, as Saito-san mentioned that he does think that they might be able in the future to “open another door in the NieR universe.” He doesn’t know how long it’ll take, but he’d like the fans to look forward to that.
Yoko Taro himself concluded that NieR: Automata has been received very well and received a lot of support. After release, the game has been supported and nurtured by the fans. Since he thinks that the game is such a weird and niche title, everyone who loves it is a weirdo as well, so he is very grateful for all the weirdos all there in the world.
Indeed, Yoko-san. I’m a weirdo and proud of it.
Incidentally, you can also check out Yoko Taro’s own comment on the possibility of creating a new IP.
If you’re unfamiliar with NieR: Automata, you can check out our review. It’s currently available for PS4 and PC. If you want to grab a copy, you can do so on Amazon.
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