Dengeki 1st Live Broadcast – Recap

Dengeki had their first Live Broadcast showcasing the beginning portion of the up-coming demo last night. I was busy at a dinner party with people from work, so I apologize for the delay in this post.

Beginning the broadcast, we are introduced to the cast on the show:


Dengeki Writer Tadatsugu and Ishikawa Yui


Voice of “heroine” 9S Hanae Natsuki & “DJ” Saito Yosuke

Platinum Games Producer Nishimura Eijiro

 PS4 Vs. PS4 Pro

The first topic of choice was comparing the differences between the PS4 and PS4 Pro versions of the game:

Motion Blur – This feature is meant to be demonstrated in actual motion, but the PS4 Pro adds a little bit of motion blur to make movement more realistic.

Light/Shadows – The beams of light and details of shadows are more clearly defined.

Detailed Shadows – The PS4 Pro version has a much higher defined shadow.

For me, I don’t need these added details in order to enjoy the game. In my current financial situation, I would much rather go with the PS4 instead of the Pro.

 

 Difficulty Levels

Next we were shown the Difficulty Select menu. As it was stated before, the player is able to change the level of difficulty at anytime during the game. According to these screens, there are a total of four difficulty levels: Easy, Normal, Hard, and Very Hard.

The descriptions for each difficulty level is pretty entertaining as well… Probably.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the Auto Mode is only accessible from the Easy difficulty setting. Just like the rest of the difficulties, you are able to enter the Auto Mode at any time. The System Message also details exactly what areas the Auto Mode will help you with.

 

 The Demo: Setting

We’re shown very briefly a screen of text which details the setting of the demo. I had originally thought the demo would be merely a YoRHa training simulation on the Bunker (which is may still be), but the events that take place here appear to follow along with the clips of the Opening Sequence Conte that I translated before.

First off, let me translate the setting screen:

243rd Descent Mission

Mission Dispatch Date: March 10, 11945
Target to be Destroyed: Enemy Massive-scale Weapon (Various specifications confirmed)
Active Units: 1D (Captain), 2B, 7E, 4B, 11B, 12H

Mission Details:
According to the information gathered by the Intelligence Squadron, it is clear that “there is Bio-machine activity with a large-scale weapon in the Factory Ruins in which Mankind has sent you”. Additionally, the Analysis Squadron reports that after thorough inspection of the Bio-machines’ activities and the amount of materials they’ve gathered, it has been concluded that “it is highly probable that they are building a weapon of massive proportions.”

The objective of this Assault Mission includes the dispatch of a 6-unit squadron to the enemy territory (the Factory Ruins) to gather intel of the area and the large-scale weapon in order to destroy it. Unit 9S from the Intelligence Squadron is scheduled to rendezvous and assist with the mission.

End of transmission.

 

From this passage, we are introduced to several previously unknown android Types:

  • D
  • E
  • H

It was stated that the B Type of androids is an all-rounded “Battler” model series, whereas the S Type is the analytical, information gathering “Scanner” model series. So, what are your thoughts for the other unique types of androids? What could these letters stand for? I don’t have much thought on the D or E Types yet, but the first thought that came into my mind for the H Type series was “Healer”.

Secondly, we now have a precise date for the beginning of, which does indeed start in 11945, like was stated in Ishikawa Yui’s monologue as 2B from the Music Concert & Talk Live event. You can also note that the year 11945 is the final year of the 14th Machine War, which is meant to be an allusion for WWII.

 

 The Demo: Character Lines

Continuing with the information from the Opening Sequence Conte, 2B is flying in her “Ho229” aerial suit (the mech) and it eventually receives massive damage before 2B has to jump from it. This is where Pod042 quickly states the situation:

Pod042:
Ho229 equipment has received massive damage.

Abandon operation.
General communication system down.
Booting the Laser Communication System.
Scanning terrain……long-distance.
Transferring control to FCS.
Transferring control to IMU.
Booting FFCS.
Signal from 2B’s Black Box confirmed.
Booting NFCS.
Beginning secondary assessment sequence of 2B’s vitals.
Beginning short-range camouflage pulse.
Booting close-range battle parameters.
Enemy response, massive numbers detected.

2B:
I can see that.

In this sequence, we see 2B battling some Lv1 Bio-machines of small to medium sizes within an enclosed area.

When she defeats the larger machine:

Pod042:
Enemy destruction confirmed.

2B:
Not yet…..

And that’s when the gigantic saw busts through the wall.

And we’re presented with a warning screen that lists the enemy’s name in classic Angelic Script format, which reads “Mars”.

When 2B first engages in battle with this huge machine, she wonders if this is the “Massive-scale Weapon” that they were charged to destroy, but Pod042 tells her that it is, unfortunately, not their target.

Eventually, 2B thinks that she’s defeated the gigantic machine, but it comes after her with another saw. This time, she gets a little help–and scolding–from 9S.

“It’s dangerous if you don’t make sure it’s dead…”

9S:
You’re 2B, right? I’m 9S. I’ve been instructed to assist you.

2B:
I understand.

9S:
So that big can opener was the “Massive-scale Weapon” we were after?

2B:
No. It seems like it was just a defense mechanism.

9S:
Then… I guess we’ll have to look for it.
I’ve got an aerial suit, so I’ll take a look around out here.

2B:
Alright. I’ll search the area inside.

 

 Merchandise: YoRHa / 2B Hoodie

This is the new hoodie that will first become available at Jump Festa this weekend at the Square Enix booth. This item will also be available from the Japanese SQEX e-STORE at a later date.

 

 NieR Music Concert & Talk Live Blu-ray

The very nice Blu-ray of the Music Concert & Talk Live event that was held this past April was just released on December 14. This also became the present for a lucky viewer on the NicoNico side of the broadcast; the blu-ray would be opened and signed by the hosts of this broadcast.

 

 The Resistance Camp, Items, and Weapons

As it had been shown in past live streams of the game, the Resistance Camp is populated by many different types of androids, some very human-like types and others that clearly resemble tin robots. Devola and Popola also reside somewhere in the camp.

Within the camp are item and weapon shops, people to talk to and even some who will enlist your help in the form of quests. Here’s a quick glance at the Item and Weapon Shops:

Producer Saito Yosuke mentions that you are able to obtain new weapons from the shop or by discovering them out in the field. Weapons can also be upgraded with the use of items that you gather from defeating enemies. Weapon upgrades can be done in the Weapon Shop menu:

  • Buy
  • Upgrade
  • Sell

Of course, Weapon Stories are back in, so you can expect to see the typical 4-step story progression for each weapon. And with the collaboration with FFXV, Noctis’ Engine Blade will be a usable weapon in along with its own Weapon Story.

Speaking of weapons, another type of weapon was announced during the PSX events in the US and Mexico: the spear! Here is a quick look at the names of these weapons:

 

 Other Playable Characters & The Open World

At about 39 minutes into the live broadcast, Saito says that at some point in the game, 9S will become a playable character. He wouldn’t elaborate on that any further before Tadatsugu followed up with another question regarding the “Open World” aspect of the game. He went on to say that each area connects seamlessly (no loading time necessary), but there are parts of the story in which some areas are closed off to you…possibly making this definition of “Open World” a little less open. Perhaps it’s more like FFXV in which the majority of the world is free to roam as you like…up until a point. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

 

 Android Report – Multiplayer?

During the gameplay footage, one of the hosts playing the game died, which displayed the “Android Report” screen…which they didn’t want to release just yet.

As far as the YoRHa stage play goes, upon the destruction of the androids, their remaining data is uplinked to the Bunker to be used in the creation of future, more advanced androids. Could this be the function that would utilize multiplayer aspects? Maybe this is a sort of scoreboard in which you can view when and how players DIED. lol

 

 Further Collaborations and More!

A weapon or other equipment from will be in PSO2! (Expect to see Emil’s head)

▶︎ The collaboration with PSO2 will include the following items from :

  • Costumes and hair designs of 2B, 9S, A2
  • Accessories
  • Weapons
  • Lobby Actions
  • Mag: “Pod”
  • Theme Song Music

A weapon or piece of armor from will appear in Monster Hunter Frontier Z! There will even be a related original quest as well! (Expect to see Emil’s head)

A “visual summary” of the game detailing its artwork, additional text by Yoko Taro, and more will be released on the same day as the game (Size: B5).

Dengeki has been the publisher of the these giant collections known as the “complete guide” for these games, and they plan to release their next work for sometime toward the end of March! (Size: B5, Pages: Roughly 300 pages)

Regarding the release of the guidebooks, Hanae suggests that the publisher release enough books since it was very difficult for him to even find one to buy! Let’s hope they listen to him!

 


Credits:
All translations and photo edits on this page were done by me. Photos from the Dengeki 1st Live Broadcast were taken from the YouTube version of the broadcast.

NieR Music Concert & Talk Live Blu-ray

The blu-ray of the Music Concert & Talk Live that was held on April 16th was just released today and my copy just came in the mail tonight!!

Here’s a quick look:

Note: The actual menu on the Blu-ray does NOT have English. This was edited by me.

I have yet to watch the Blu-ray because I’m hoping to watch it with a friend later tonight… so…

But if you’d like to see some short clips from the concert, you can view them at the official page for the blu-ray release here! <3

If you’re interested in the official page for the Concert/Blu-ray, you can find it here!

Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare PV Theme “Colorless”

Toward the end of November, Odd Entertainment released a PV video for Yoko Taro’s upcoming stage play based off of his manga series Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare. Along with the video that serves as a great character introduction video is the gorgeous theme song sung by Kuryuu Mina (栗生みな) who plays the character of Botan, a returning character from the manga series.

The official Twitter account for the stage play announced that this song, entitled “Colorless”, is now available for purchase at the following links:

Just the name alone, I think, carries a lot of meaning with it considering all the characters in the play are named after…

COLORS

Whether you’re a fan of Yoko Taro, the manga series, or whatever, this is a freaking kick-ass song that you need to hear at least once. I can easily see myself listening to this on eternal repeat for a good, long while…!

I’m hoping they will release a CD version of the song at the performance of the play so that I can get some official lyrics. I’ll work on my own version (by ear), but here is the opening verse with my adapted English translation:

見上げた空から降る
闇色無数の雫
アスファルト黒く滲む
変わって行く街

look at the sky, there’s something falling
it’s like they’re countless drops of darkness
they stain the ground and everything in sight
forever changing the city

The main part from the refrain is this line:

続けて 真っ直ぐに サヨウナラ

Keep at it Straight ahead Good-bye

……and as it turns out, I couldn’t help but purchase tickets for EVERY show of the stage play. It’s a lot of money, but I kinda feel like this is what my dad would have wanted me to do, to go and enjoy something that I felt really passionate for… And so that’s what I will do. I’m so excited and yet really afraid that these poor performers will think I’m some crazy freak or something… but y’all know part of that’s true, right? lol Nah, I’m just really, really shy by nature, which I really doubt any of that comes through properlly over the Internet. haha

Anyway, it looks like I’m going to be pretty busy on the 22nd when the demo comes out, so I’ll try to get videos and what-not of that out as soon as I can. I hope they’ll have the demo ready for download relatively early in the day… because the first show of the play that day is at 2:00PM…


Source: Odd Stage Blog

Dengeki PlayStation Live Broadcast 12/15

Dengeki PlayStation will host their first Live Broadcast this Thursday, December 15 at 8:00PM (Japan Standard Time).

More gameplay footage and new info is scheduled to be released. Ishikawa Yui (2B), Hanae Natsuki (9S), Saito Yosuke (SQEX), Nishimura Eijiro (PG), and Tadatsugu (MC) will be on the show.

Fans have suggested that potential areas of discussion may revolve around the upcoming demo and/or Jump Festa this Saturday, December 17th. Remember, the new YoRHa/2B designed hoodie will be available first at the event before it’s brought over to the SQEX e-STORE.

Also, if you remember way back when Saito Yosuke started a poll on Twitter to ask fans whether they’d be interested in a themed PS4… This would be good timing to let an announcement like drop ahead of the demo! Perhaps we’ll hear more about this during this live stream…?

Personally… I won’t be able to watch this live as it’s happening since my company scheduled an “enkai” that night. I’m really sorry about that, but I will get home to report the new goodness as soon as I can! Thanks!!


Watch the live broadcast at the following sites:

PC Release Date Has Not Been Confirmed

Contrary to the original post on PC Gamers and I believe the PS4 site, the PC release date for has NOT been confirmed to be the same as the PS4 dates of March 7 in North America and March 10 in Europe.

It appears that a source from Square Enix who previously confirmed these details had made a mistake and later retracted this statement.

Source: PC Gamer

NieR Music Concert & Talk Live Blu-ray

Producer Yosuke Saito just posted a nice picture of the Music Concert & Talk Live Blu-ray to be released on December 14, next week Wednesday!

Pre-orders can be made at the SQEX e-STORE (Japan only) at the link here. 5,184yen

The Blu-ray not only includes the music portion of the event but also the talk portion as well!

Song List

  1. Snow in Summer
  2. Hills of Radiant Winds
  3. Kaine
  4. Song of the Ancients / Devola
  5. Echo
  6. The Wretched Automatons
  7. New BG #1–> Possessed by that Accursed Disease * + **
  8. New BG #2 –> Weight of the World *
  9. Emil
  10. Shadowlord
  11. Ashes of Dreams
  12. Grandma
  13. Song of the Ancients / Fate

* The new track titles was revealed in the 1st Live Broadcast on October 26.

** This is my translation of the original Japanese Title.

Title: NieR Music Concert & Talk Live Blu-ray -Black of Destruction, White of Rebirth-
Product Number: SQEX-20032
Release Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Price: 4,800yen +tax (5,184yen)
Vocals: Emi Evans / Nakagawa Nami / J’Nique Nicole
Piano: Hoashi Keigo (MONACA)
Guitar: Goto Takanari
Strings: Tsuchiya Reiko Quartet
Medium: 1 Blu-ray Disc
Official Site: Square Enix Music
Distributor: Square Enix

And the Music Concert will reprise their show (song list pending) at Tokaigi 2017, Saturday, February 11. More info on that here.

International Release Dates and Details!

We finally have more information regarding the International release of !

Firstly, here are the scheduled release dates for NA and EU regions:

NA: March 7, 2017
EU: March 10, 2017

So, it appears as though they weren’t able to get a simultaneous, worldwide release, but it’s pretty darn close to Japan’s release on February 23, 2017!! Great work, guys!!

Next, let’s take a look at the new trailer from the PlayStation Experience 2016:

Next, it appears as though there *will* be an International release of the Black Box Edition, however, it is not exactly the same. Here is what will come with the International Black Box Edition:

black-box-edition

NA Black Box Edition: $189.99
Pre-order Here

  • Collector’s Box
  • Game for PS4
  • Hardback Artbook
    • 64 pages showcasing stunning artwork and illustrations from the game
  • SteelBook Case
  • YoRHa 2B Figurine
    • A meticulously recreated and highly detailed figurine of the main protagonist. Full height: 150mm, fully painted, includes a base
  • Original Soundtrack
    • Featuring 13 live recorded songs from and
  • 6 Bonus DLCs
    • Retro Gray, Retro Red, Play System, Cardboard, Grimoire Weiss, Machine Mask Accessory
IMPORTANT:

  • Products with a broken seal/sticker may not be returned unless there is a defect with the product.
  • Please note that you use the shipment services at your own risk. Signature Confirmation is recommended. Square Enix Online Store is not responsible for lost or stolen packages.
  • On or Near Release Date Delivery. While we try our best to schedule delivery to arrive on the release date, actual delivery date may vary depending on your location and method of shipping.
  • Orders received after February 21st, 2017 11:59pm PST will arrive after the Release Day.

 
There are some differences here between the Japanese release, but as far as International fans go, it’s probably a pretty damn good deal anyway. This set is lacking the “NieR RepliCant Recollection” novel and the original soundtrack here is not listed as the live audio recording from the Music Concert & Talk Live as it most likely is, given it is 13 tracks.

I’m very curious about the SteelBook Case, though. Not sure how many people would actually use an item like that, but… since it’s an official item for the series, I hope it will become available on it’s own… 😛

Lastly, it looks like this set will come with 6 of the bonus DLC, many of which are skins for Pod. The Japanese release only includes Grimoire Weiss with the Black Box Edition and the Machine Mask from the e-STORE.

Moving on, here is the Day One Edition release of the game alone. It comes with an interesting box art illustration for the International release. It is also reversible so you can also have the gorgeous cover illustration by lead character designer Yoshida Akihiko.

ps4-day-one-edition

NA Day One Edition: $59.99
Pre-order Here

  • for PS4
  • Reversible box art
  • 6 Bonus DLCs
    • Retro Gray, Retro Red, Play System, Cardboard, Grimoire Weiss, Machine Mask Accessory
IMPORTANT:

  • Please note that you use the shipment services at your own risk. Signature Confirmation is recommended. Square Enix Online Store is not responsible for lost or stolen packages.
  • On or Near Release Date Delivery. While we try our best to schedule delivery to arrive on the release date, actual delivery date may vary depending on your location and method of shipping.
  • Orders received after February 21st, 2016 11:59pm PST will arrive after the Release Day.

 
And the last bit of news is that the PSN demo will be available soon. Have fun with that, guys, when it drops! I don’t have a PS4 yet, so… ;_;

That’s about all of the announcements thus far, but should there be more, I’ll update this post as more news becomes known!


Sources:

NieR:Automata at Jump Festa 2017!

Just a couple days ago (maybe yesterday, even? I’ve lost track…), Producer Yosuke Saito posted a couple photos of a sweet hoodie with the YoRHa logo and 2B, but we’ve just learned more about it.

Apparently, will be featured at the Jump Festa on December 17 and 18! They will be releasing a new trailer as well as offering this cool hoodie for 4,200 yen at the official SQEX Goods Shop! But be prepared… it’s only available in one size: Large! I don’t really know why they couldn’t offer other sizes, but…. 😛 The hoodie will eventually go to the e-STORE after this event.

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If you’re curious what other Square Enix goods that will be available at the Jump Festa, you can see the full list of items here.