Square Enix has announced that NieR: Automata is to release on PC come March 17th, 2017, whereas the PS4 launch is March 7th. If you pre-purchase the game’s Steam Day On Edition, you “will receive an exclusive ‘Valve Character Accessory,’ as well as other Day One Edition bonus content, including the Machine Mask Accessory, Grimoire Weiss Pod, Retro Grey Pod Skin, Retry Red Pod Skin, and Cardboard Pod Skin.”
NieR: Automata was developed by Platinum Games Inc. and published by Square Enix, and blows it’s predecessor, NieR, completely out of the water. Everything in the game from color design to gameplay has been praised, averaging a score 94 on Metacritic. The especially particular color design is what really catches your eye while playing in this “machine-driven dystopia abandoned by humankind and overrun by machine lifeforms.” This is reflected beautifully in the red of an enemy’s eye against an otherwise grey background, or the unsaturated amusement park of times gone past. All to be explored as you follow androids 2B, 9S, and A2.
The game’s story takes after the first NieR of course, and succeeds “invaders from another world attack without warning, unleashing their secret weapon: the machines. In the face of this insurmountable threat, the human race is driven from the earth and takes refuge on the moon. The humans develop an army of android soldiers to fight back against the mechanical horde, but succeed only in slowing its advance. To break the deadlock, a new breed of android infantry is sent into the fray: the YoRHa squad. In the forsaken wasteland below, the war between the machines and the androids rages on.” During all of which, you must “unveil the long-forgotten truth of this world.”