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NieR: Automata shipment and digital sales pass 1 million

Platinum Games' sci-fi dystopian action RPG is selling like hotcakes across the globe.

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Published Tue, Apr 4 2017 3:24 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:56 AM CST

NieR: Automata's high-caliber action and interesting storyline are captivating gamers across the world, achieving strong sales and shipments in little over one month.

Square Enix today announced that NieR: Automata has passed one million combined worldwide shipments and digital sales. The dystopian action game action game hit this milestone in a month after it's February 23 launch, and has garnered extensive critical acclaim and commercial success.

So what makes NieR: Automata so great? As the game's director Yoko Taro explains, NieR: Automata is about doing the exact opposite of modern-day triple-A games.

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"Looking at triple-A titles, of course I find them beautiful and interesting, but after 20 minutes of gameplay, I wonder whether it is going to be the same for the following 20 hours. I am a bit tired of this," Taro said.

After playing Mass Effect: Andromeda for quite a while, I can absolutely agree with this sentiment. Triple-A games have become mostly mindless, casualized timesinks. Gone are the days of classic BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins or KOTOR spirit, or Bethesda's amazing Morrowind-style influence.

"If possible, I would like to make games that are unexpected, games that keep changing form," Taro continued, highlighting the former and most recent Nier titles. "This is the mindset I had when I created the first Nier game, and it is present in Nier: Automata as well."

We absolutely need more game devs like Yoko Taro.

NieR: Automata is currently available for PS4 and PS4 Pro as well as PC via Steam. No Xbox One release is planned.

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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