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  • All There in the Manual: Continuing the tradition of Taro Yoko games having odd forms of side material, a large part of the backstory to Automata comes from the YoRHa stage play which tells the full story of A2, and more expanded story is being told at the Nier music concerts, of all places. The main English voice cast performed it on Youtube.
  • Big Name Fan: Sui Ishida, creator of Tokyo Ghoul is apparently a fan. He even gave concept art of Ken Kaneki to one of the Automata concept artists at the Tokyo Ghoul film premiere as a gift, and went onto illustrate covers for a vinyl release of the Automata soundtrack.
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  • Breakthrough Hit: While Yoko Taro's games had enjoyed reasonable success in Japan prior to Automata, they had only really amassed a small cult following in the west thanks to their mediocre reviews, lack of publicity, low production values and various gameplay and technical issues. Automata has been the first game he's worked on to be critically acclaimed and a financial success outside of Japan, and really brought him into the mainstream limelight as someone to be on the lookout for when it comes to the Japanese videogame landscape.
  • Doing It for the Art: The English "dub" of the stage play. See the Awesome tab for more details.
  • Dueling Works:
    • It was meant to be this with Scalebound, both being console exclusive (Xbox One in Scalebound's case versus PS4 for Automata) PlatinumGames titles with PC releases. Unfortunately, Scalebound was cancelled.
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    • In reality, it is with Mass Effect: Andromeda, both being AAA Action RPGs of opposing action genres (Hack and Slash Vs. Third-Person Shooter) developed on opposite sides of the world, and released close to each other in the same month.
    • It was also one with Horizon Zero Dawn, as both games are open world action/adventure games about a Robot War that takes place in the far future featuring the extinction of humanity and what happened afterward, and in a mysterious setting and a story filled with shocking plot twists. Both games have a score of 89 on Metacritic, but there was a brief period when Automata was outscoring Horizon by 1 or 2 points, leading to some heated exchanges from the Horizon fandom. The two games were also released within one week of each other. Ironically, Yoko Taro himself is a big fan of said game.
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    • A lesser example, but there were shades of this with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, what with being released within one week of each other, and also both games being post-apocalyptic open world action/adventures with lots of hostile robots.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Some people have taken to calling the game some variation of Metal Nier Rising: Revengeance, due to the developers and the fact that some of 2B's animations look similar to Raiden's in that particular game. The fact that she looks like a grown-up Sunny is also a big reason for this.
    • "Toobie": 2B as often called on 4chan and elsewhere. This also has roots in Star Wars, of all things - the droids there, while having letter designations, are often referred to as "Artoo" and "Threepio" in scripts and written material.
    • "2Bae" is also pretty common thanks to her visual appeal.
    • "Mecha Youmu" / "Robo Youmu" / "Hyper Youmu": 2B as often called by Touhou fans, due to her looking pretty much like an older version of Youmu Konpaku. The game as a whole, for the same reason, is also known as Myon Automata.
    • Kira Buckland is rather fond of calling her "Toobs," to complement 9S's nickname of "Nines."
    • Some have called the game NieR: Automatic\Atomic Tomatoes, as a way of poking fun at how the fandom is divided on how the subtitle should be pronounced.
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    • With, perhaps surprisingly, Persona 5. One might expect they'd be another set of Dueling Games, but their releases were spaced just far enough apart in English that P5 came out right as many dedicated players were wrapping up their time with Automata. It also helps that, in a lot of ways, the two narratives actually discuss similar issues - "children" (the androids and machines in Automata's case) being burdened with the expectations and societal pressure of their "elders". While the two games ultimately take much different tacks on things, many see them as being unintentional companion pieces.
    • This is especially ironic since Yoko Taro actually released a video during Automata's development, despairing over P5 and Atlus working on a fantasy game next, fearing it would muscle in on the territory of his usual games.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: A "Black Box Edition" is available for this game. Along with the game and some in-game bonuses, it comes with a figure of 2B, an art book, a soundtrack sampler with music from the first Nier and Automata, and a steelbook case.
  • Newbie Boom: The game was many people's first introduction to the larger Drakengard series, selling far more units and earning a much better critical reception than any other game in the franchise to date. This is due to a combination of factors, including the involvement of Platinum Games (whose games typically don't sell exceptionally well either, but tend to be very well-regarded), good marketing from Square-Enix, Akihiko Yoshida's eye-catching character designs (leading to a swath of fanart), among others.
  • No Export for You: For reasons unknown, the PC version is region-locked for SEA, leaving players in that region unable to purchase it. As of May, it was finally opened, with the game accessible to all region uncut, however PC players had to deal with other kind of problems...
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Kira Buckland is typecast as, in her own words, "hyper, young girls." 2B is much more stoic and deep than the characters she usually plays (and needless to say, most feel she hits the role right out of the park).
    • Similarly, A2 is just about as far outside of the usual wheelhouse of Cherami Leigh as you can get. Her typical roles consist of strong, determined young women who stop at nothing to fight for their ideals and loved ones, often with a hidden cute and soft side to them. A2 is a very bitter, cynical, and tired deserter who is just out for herself and vengeance, yet once again delivers a killer performance.
  • Production Posse: This is the third Yoko Taro game to be scored by Keichii Okabe and his team at Monaca.
  • Promoted Fanboy: The lead designer of Automata, Yasuhisa Taura, is a fan of the original Nier, and in his free time he would think about what a Nier sequel would be like. When Square Enix approached Platinum Games in hopes of working on a project together, Platinum Games had a pitch for a Nier sequel ready.
  • Role Reprisal:
  • Rule 34 – Creator Reactions: Yoko Taro's comment on porn of 2B, roughly paraphrased, is "please make a zip folder of all the pictures for me to share".
  • Sequel Gap: Released 7 years after the first game. Its very existence, revealed in 2015, came as a shock to everyone.
  • Sleeper Hit: In a year of several highly anticipated video games being released, very few expected the spin-off of a video game series largely unknown to western audiences to gain much fanfare. However, the polished gameplay, positive word-of-mouth, and (arguably) the void left by the disappointment of Mass Effect: Andromeda led Automata to becoming one of the better received video games of 2017 with over one million copies of the game being sold worldwide within a month of its western release, with the 1.5 million mark being crossed by the start of June with little sign of slowing. By May of 2019, over two years past the original release date, it had sold over 4 million copies across all platforms. It helps a lot the game doesn't suffer the same crippling problems of censorship and cultural changes that some previous games of the franchise suffered in the past when translated and adapted to English.
  • Star-Making Role: Automata raised the profiles of Kira Buckland and Kyle McCarley enormously - McCarley especially, since he was still fairly new to voicework in early 2017. It was also part of a trifecta of roles that Cherami Leigh got in early-mid 2017 that showed she had range far beyond what she often found herself pigeonholed into.
    • The game also ended up raising Yui Ishikawa's profile among a Western audience, who prior to this had really only known her as the voice of Mikasa Ackerman and helped to raise awareness of her outside of that single anime series.
  • The Wiki Rule: The NieR Wiki and NieR Automata Wiki.
  • Word of Saint Paul: During a series of livestreams of the game with Kira Buckland, Kyle McCarley mentioned that the voice actor for the Council of Humanity's broadcasts was Matthew Mercer. This is the only confirmation of the Council's voice, as it is otherwise uncredited. On the other hand, in response to the stream chat begging to know who the Commander's English voice actress was, both he and Buckland refused to divulge her identity, citing legal issues involved with keeping her VA uncredited.

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