Yoko Taro Says He Never Ever Paid to Pull in a Gacha Mobile Game
Future NieR Reincarnation live streams might jokingly feature Yoko Taro paying gacha rolls out of his own pocket for the first time in his life.
The NieR Reincarnation stream on February 2 (full summary) included several curve balls from series creative director Yoko Taro, most notably how he never spent money on a gacha game in his life so far.
I don’t think I need to explain all that if you clicked on this article in the first place, but free-to-play mobile games are by far the most important gaming market in Japan for years now. Most of these games use gacha systems, a lottery using rare in-game currency, to pull new characters or weapons. You can spend real money to buy more lottery rolls. And Yoko Taro apparently never ever did that.
This is even funnier considering Yoko Taro is the scenarist of Sinoalice, a pretty popular gacha game by Square Enix. Sinoalice regularly has collab events with various popular franchises as well, such as Higurashi and Rozen Maiden.
The stream, which featured not only Yoko Taro but also NieR Reincarnation director Daichi Matsukawa, also included a pretty interesting discussion regarding gacha games.
A fan asked Matsukawa Daichi if game companies prefer if that fans spend money on the gacha right at launch, or wait something like a week for better metrics. Matsukawa answered if you’re planning to spend money, it’s best to do so when the game launches. Because gacha roll numbers are shown to the higher-ups.
Matsukawa and Yosuke Saito also commented on how many gacha games launches with tons of different problems. Server problems is one major recurring issue. So Square Enix spent a lot to prepare a very beefy server for NieR Reincarnation‘s launch. They also took into account players who will reroll (Re-downloading the game over and over to get better results on the first, always free, gacha rolls.)
In NieR Reincarnation, the gacha will net players new weapons. Most weapons are obtainable through gacha, but some are also obtainable though the main story.
Yoko Taro mentioned he never paid to pull in gacha games starting the 30:10 mark of the stream
This would mean Yoko Taro never even paid to pull in his own game, Sinoalice. But mentioned he might do it for NieR Reincarnation if he feels like it. Yosuke Saito jokingly mentioned a future stream dedicated to Yoko Taro paying to pull the gacha for the first time in his life.
Personally speaking, I definitely agree with Yoko Taro’s approach. And I wouldn’t recommend anyone to spend money to roll the gacha in any game. Not even Genshin Impact.
NieR Re[in]carnation will launch in Japan on February 18. It was announced in North America and Europe, but with no release date yet. The next stream will be happening on February 16.
The NieR series is incredibly popular, as reflected by the plethora of fan-made content is has. Square Enix has just published new guidelines regulating NieR fan-made content.
At launch, NieR Reincarnation will also include 2B, 9S, and A2 from NieR Automata for a collab event.
The remaster of the original NieR game, NieR Replicaver ver 1.22, will launch on April 24, 2021, on PS4, Xbox One, and Steam. The remaster will be out two days earlier in Japan. On stream, Yosuke Saito also announced the remaster will include the Weapon Story system.
The latest NieR series stream happened on Christmas. You can find our summary here.
Last but not least, here’s what Yoko Taro had after the stream ended:
— yokotaro (@yokotaro) February 2, 2021