Nier: Automata’s mechanised dystopia is coming to Steam in early 2017

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Square Enix have announced that the sequel to 2010’s Nier will be coming to PC when it launches in early 2017, after initially being announced for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One only at E3. The original title became a cult-classic on consoles, and the desire to see the franchise on PC has not wavered even slightly in the six years since then.

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Vanquish developers Platinum Games are behind the sequel and the gameplay that we’ve seen so far is both gorgeous, and ludicrously fast-paced. The game follows a group of androids who are tasked with taking back control of Earth after a machine-driven invasion forces the human race to take refuge on the moon. Sounds bonkers, but judging by the list of developers working on the game – producer Yosuke Saito, director Yoko Taro, character designer Akihiko Yoshida, game designer Takahisa Taura – it’s in safe hands.

Nier: Automata’s main draw appears to be its fluid, fast-paced combat, which you can see in action below.

Apart from the impeccable character design, you’ll also notice that the game is running at 60 frames-per-second, which makes every jump, slash and animations look silky smooth – something that was sadly missing from the otherwise excellent Vanquish.