Update, September 21: Nier: Automata has now surpassed two million sales.
It may have slowed down a bit since its last sales milestone, but Square Enix have announced that Nier: Automata has sold over two million retail and digital copies since its launch back in February.
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To celebrate this latest milestone, Square Enix are offering a 35% discount on the game via Steam until September 25.
Square Enix have also announced that they’ll be releasing the NieR: Automata / NIER: Gestalt & Replicant original soundtrack vinyl box set. It’ll feature four vinyl LPs with tracks from Nier composer Keiichi Okabe. There’ll also be illustrations from Tokyo Ghoul illustrator sui ishida.
The box set will be available to pre-order from September 25, and will release in December.
Update May 30, 2017: Square Enix have announced a new sales milestone for Nier: Automata. In just two months, the game has shipped another 500k copies across PC and PS4.
That marks a total of 1.5 million copies, between shipments to retailers and digital sales. That's far beyond sales expectations, in case you were wondering.
The news was announced in a tweet:
“The action RPG NieR: Automata for PlayStation 4 and Steam has surpassed 1.5 million in worldwide shipment and download sales. Thank you very much for your continued support after its release. #NieR #ニーア”
Update April 6, 2017: Nier: Automata's game director, Taro Yoko, has taken to Twitter to thank his fans for the game's unexpected sales success.
Yoko spent the lead-up to release keeping expectations in check by telling players all the bits he worked on were "poop". Now everyone knows the story actually wasn't poop, everyone's happy the game exceeded expectations. Hype is a killer, basically.
My point isn't just that hype can be bad, of course. I just wanted to point out the playfulness in this Japanese game director's personality. That makes his sincere message of thanks all the more meaningful, I reckon.
Here's the tweet:
Thank you so.......so much. I can't describe by my poor English. But thank you. (;_;) pic.twitter.com/L1XXuawXN2— yokotaro (@yokotaro) April 4, 2017
What a lovely man.
Original Story April 4, 2017: That game where you play as a bum-flashing android who likes to murder robots on a post-apocalyptic Earth has actually done really well. Nier: Automata has surpassed one million copies shipped.
That figure includes digital sales and shipped copies, but it’s still a hell of an achievement from the sequel to Nier, a game widely loved by all ten of its fans.
According to SteamSpy, Nier: Automata has over 200,000 owners on Steam alone. This is a series that was spawned from Drakengard - a franchise more niche than fishing in the desert.
Perhaps this means Nier creator Taro Yoko will be entrusted with even bigger budgets for his future games. Considering Nier: Automata is one of the most creative, interesting things about in the triple-A scene at the minute, that’s a little bit exciting.