Nier: Automata sales have hit two million units, publisher Square Enix confirms. Square Enix also provides fans with several hints that a Nier: Automata sequel could be on the cards.
JRPG Nier: Automata released on PC and PS4 earlier this year and saw players assume the role of a combat android fighting to retake the Earth. It was also on our list of games with female protagonists that we are most looking forward to.
Nier: Automata Proves Series’ Potential, Says Square Enix
In a press release this week, Square Enix confirmed that “worldwide shipments and digital sales” of Nier: Automata have “surpassed two million units.” To celebrate, the publisher has put the game on sale, with the Steam version getting a 35% discount until September 25, while the PlayStation Store version has been given a price cut of (up to) 36% until September 27.
Nier: Automata becomes just the latest game with a female lead to find huge sales success this year. PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn has sold millions of copies and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy stormed the charts too. Those games don’t just star women, as all three are critically acclaimed and were incredibly well-received. But their success further confirms that games with female protagonists aren’t automatically failures because the their leads aren’t men.
Square Enix is hiring scenario staff for a NieR-related project. https://t.co/wg0FKtzo2k
— Nova Crystallis (@Nova_Crystallis) September 19, 2017
What’s also positive is that a Nier: Automata sequel may potentially be on the cards. In its 2017 annual report report, the Square Enix again called the game “a global hit far in excess of our expectations.” The company also stated that the game “has not only reminded the world of the high quality of Japanese games, but also demonstrated significant potential for future franchise development.”
And on September 19, Square Enix sent out a tweet, confirming that it was looking to hire more people to work on an unannounced Nier project. It’s currently unclear whether that project is a mobile spin-off, a rerelease of the original Nier or a sequel, but the millions of fans who have enjoyed the new game will be eager to find out.
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