NieR Automata Headed to Xbox Game Pass on April 2

NieR Automata Headed to Xbox Game Pass on April 2 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2020 / 1,709 Views

Square Enix during the 10th anniversary livestream of the NieR series announced Nier Automata will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on April 2nd.

This news follows the announcement the game has shipped 4.5 million units worldwide. Square Enix has also announced an upgraded version of the action RPG, NieR Replicant, is in development for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC via Steam, and NieR Re[in]carnation for iOS and Android. 

Here is an overview of the game:

NieR Automata tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim the machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful machines.

Humanity has been driven from the Earth by mechanical beings from another world. In a final effort to take back the planet, the human resistance sends a force of android soldiers to destroy the invaders. Now, a war between machines and androids rages on... A war that could soon unveil a long-forgotten truth of the world.

Key Features:

  • Action-Packed Battles – Players will switch between using melee and ranged attacks in battle against hordes of enemies and challenging bosses across a variety of open field maps. The tight controls and incredibly fluid combat are simple to learn for newcomers while offering plenty of depth for more experienced action gamers. Players can perform high-speed battle actions—combining light and heavy attacks—and switch through an arsenal of weaponry while evading enemies with speed and style.
  • Beautifully Desolate Open-World – The game seamlessly joins together hauntingly beautiful vistas and locations with no area loading. The environments are rendered in 60fps and contain a wealth of sub-events in addition to the main storyline.
  • Masterfully Crafted Story and Characters – NieR: Automata tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their ferocious battle to reclaim a machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful weapons known as machine lifeforms.
  • Elements of an RPG – Players will obtain a variety of weapon types, level up in battle, learn new combat skills, and customise a loadout that caters to their playstyle.
  • Utilise the Pod Support System to Assist In and Outside of Battle – Pods can attack the enemy in both manual and lock-on modes. They can also assist outside of battle, such as allowing the player to glide through the air. Pods can be enhanced throughout the game, with upgrades including new attack methods and variations.
  • “Auto Mode” Available for Beginners – Novice players can elect “Auto Mode” for easy attacks and evasions.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Cerebralbore101 (on 29 March 2020)

I gotta hand it to MS. They went from not having this game on their system, to getting a GotY edition, to having it on Gamepass. That's a complete 180, and then some! If only they would do this for ever niche Japanese game, they'd massively improve their console series.

trunkswd (on 29 March 2020)

Not sure if a game shipping 4.5 million units is niche anymore. I'll be giving it a try once it hits Game Pass.

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ironmanDX (on 29 March 2020)

Do I need to play any other game before this one or can I just jump in?

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DeusXmachina (on 29 March 2020)

@ironmanDX you can jump right in. There's only some minor references to the original.

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DonFerrari (on 30 March 2020)

ironmanDX, I never played any of the previous games but was able to mostly understand and like this one, just some stuff felt a little confusing without background and context, but you are able to fill the blanks.

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DonFerrari (on 30 March 2020)

Enjoy it Xbox users, 4.5M people bought the game and a lot loved so no one should lose the chance to play for no additional cost.

Loneken (on 30 March 2020)

Add your reply...I buy this game digital in 2018 for xbox and i love it. Now a lot of players can enjoy one of the best games of this generation.

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Chris Hu (on 30 March 2020)

Came close to buying it digital a couple of times on the X1 since that is my main gaming console definitely will play it on the 2nd now.

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VAMatt (on 29 March 2020)

I guess I have no excuse not to try it now.