There is some good news for fans of the NieR: Automata series. The anime spinoff, otherwise known as NieR: Automata Version 1.1a, will be making its debut early next year in January. This reveal comes via creator Yoko Taro himself, who shared the good news via Aniplex Online Fest.
More importantly, we learned that NieR: Automata Version 1.1a will feature a story of its own independent of the game, even if the setting is still a decimated Earth that has been destroyed by the proxy war of human-made androids.
“NieR Automata was a story we created to be a game, so copying it as-is wouldn’t make an interesting story for an anime,” Taro said during the panel.
NieR: Automata Version 1.1a will be produced by A-1 Pictures, which has worked on the likes of Erased, From the New World and Your Lie in April. Ryouji Masuyama will be co-writing the script alongside Taro, and his credits include Gurren Lagann and Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.
“I’m the one going around and breaking things for [A-1 Pictures], so if anyone is dissatisfied [with the anime’s story], it’s likely to be my fault,” Taro shared further.
Of course, the next big detail is just when fans can get their eyes on NieR: Automata Version 1.1a, but unless you’re in Japan, there isn’t much to go on right now. It is likely the anime will debut on Aniplex and Crunchyroll for everyone outside of Japan, and Taro and the team will be hoping for success akin to Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.