NieR: Automata has had a great many crossovers with other games since its release in 2017, but the latest boundary it’s breaking is into another medium: Animation. Square Enix announced a NieR: Automata anime adaptation during the game’s 5th Anniversary commemorative livestream event. Aniplex of America also shared the reveal, suggesting it will appear worldwide.
The event also revealed a brief teaser for the production.
The NieR: Automata anime teaser shows off little more than concept art of protagonist 2B and her Pod companion. Text flashes onscreen with lines like: “All beings were designed to perish,” and “We’re still trapped…in a repeating spiral of life and death.”
The official site shows little more than the NieR: Automata anime teaser trailer, but promises more info soon. Information such as a broadcast window, the production staff roll or studio, and broadcast channels, is unavailable at this time.
Based on the description available on the site, the basic plot setup is identical to the game’s. Like the game, the NieR: Automata anime is set in the distant future, where humanity has been driven from the Earth by the Machine Life Forms unleashed by an invading alien race. After taking refuge on the moon, Mankind sends its own armies of Androids forth in a war to reclaim the planet. YorHa No. 2 Type B, 2B, is a combat android in the YorHa forces that enters battle to recapture Earth.
The NieR: Automata anime is in production. The game it’s based on is immediately available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, as is NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…, a 2021 remaster of the original game in the NieR series. A mobile spinoff, NieR: Reincarnation, is available on Android and iOS.