We have new screenshots of Nier (aka Nier Gestalt) showing your usual stringy giant shade thing with its arm cut off and a homely tavern.
The pub acts as a hub. Nier can sign up for new quests there. He can also go to a blacksmith to buy new swords. Weapons can be further upgraded with Grimoire Weiss, you know the talking book that follows Nier around. Words can boost stats and add modifiers like poison or knockback resistance.