Square Enix has officially announced that the sequel to Nier is actually called NieR: Automata. Making the announcement at Paris Games Week, the publisher has also revealed the game's first gameplay footage and details.
Set after the events of the original Nier, Automata will have players fightning against beings from another planet that used mechanical life forms with overwhelming power to gain the upper hand over humanity and force them to flee. Humanity fought back by creating a force of android warriors, with the fight between the two forces turning most of the land in a barren and deserted wasteland.
It is one of these android warriors that the players will take play as in NieR: Automata, an android called 2B. There are different kinds of androids, each with its own quirks and characteristics, with 2B having a comparatively cold and level headed personality.
"2B is an all-purpose battle android, deployed as a member of the automated infantry squad, YoRHa. She is equipped with a sword for close quarters combat, and can attack from range using the 'Pod' support system. Her eyes are obscured beneath her standard-issue military visor, which she rarely removes," said Square Enix.
"Members of the YoRHa squad forgo names and are referred to only by their code numbers. Though the regulations forbid them from expressing emotions, each model has its own distinguishing personality, and 2B is comparatively cool, calm, and collected."
Taking place in the same world/universe of the original Nier, players will probably recognise some of the locations in the game, although these will look different because of the war between aliens and androids. Square Enix has also teased that characters from the original game might make a return.
NieR: Automata releases in 2016 on PS4.