Well, well, well. Yoko Taro strikes again. Previously, we had reported that custom PC maker, Elsa Galuda, was going to sell special NieR:Automata and NieR Replicant desktop PCs, complete with lights and all that pizzaz. And well, they did, and all PCs were shipped on September 7, 2022.
But recently, in an unboxing video by Japanese YouTuber Haruto (はると), it was discovered that both the NieR:Automata and NieR Replicant PCs contain weapon stories of their own.
The transcribed stories are as follows:
From the Nier:Replicant PC:
2021 A.D. A certain manufacturer releases a high-spec personal computer. This model of PC, designed to receive perpetual updates via the network, is soon adopted across the globe.
2025 A.D. These PCs, now spread the world over, begin to link up and share data as part of a neural-networking experiment conducted by the manufacturer without the knowledge of its users.
2032 A.D. Large-scale data breaches and acts of cyberterrorism are carried out over the network, during which time information regarding Replicant technology is leaked. The experiment is soon halted, and the computers stop receiving updates.
3021 A.D. A thousand years after the experiment, consciousness data from these computers is detected on the network. The Collection and merging of this data is performed by the quantum server located in the Forest of Myth.
From the Nier:Automata PC:
4198 A.D. Humanity’s extinction is confirmed. All records relating to humans are moved to maximum-pirority folders, and backups are sent to regional quantum servers for safekeeping.
5012 A.D. An Attack by aliens from outer space is recorded. Numerous buildings and androids are destroyed, and some quantum servers are catastrophically damaged.
5155 A.D. Machine lifeforms created by these unidentified alien visitors launch an ark into space, resulting in a new divergence. An attempt is then made to sync up with servers from the past.
2021 A.D. Synchronization with past server is successful. As the original network was small and designed for personal use, expansion will be required. – Accord
But that’s not all, however, because both PCs also feature bar codes at the front. The Nier:Automata one has 119450310, and the Nier:Replicant one has 020530806. If you compare the two using the Japanese date format (which is YYYY/MM/DD), the results are the Year 11945, March 10th, and Year 2053, August 6th, respectively. Now, the former date matches up closely with the opening cutscene of Nier:Automata, but the latter…has some complications, according to the YouTuber.
If we follow the logic, we can assume that August 6th, 2053 refers to the opening cutscene of Nier:Replicant, but the cutscene only specifies “Summer 2053”. Furthermore, the YouTuber later mentions that even after lots of research on tertiary material, no specific mentions of this date were found, save for a particular weapon story in the Iron Pipe’s Level 4 story, which is as follows:
August 5. It’s so cold today. I can’t believe it’s summer. I can actually see my breath. We decided to hide from the monsters in an abandoned supermarket. We found a few old cans of food there, but now those are gone. Also, Yonah’s cough just won’t quit. I’ve got a really bad feeling about this…
It’s honestly nothing short of crazy how these kinds of things are left in the most inconspicuous places. You can watch the full unboxing of Haruto (in Japanese) here:
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NieR:Automata released in 2017 on PlayStation 4 and PC, with an Xbox One release in 2018. The game follows the stories of androids 2B and 9S, who are part of an elite military force called YoRHa. In a fusion between action, exploration, and shmup elements, the game is very popular for its storytelling and characters. Additionally, the game is a sequel to NieR Replicant/ NieR Gestalt.
In case you missed it, check out our review of the first entry’s remake, Replicant.
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