PlatinumGames’ Nier: Automata is a multi-platform hit, remaining highly popular on both PC and the PlayStation 4. But the game wasn’t always developed with Sony’s console in mind. Originally, Platinum planned to only release Nier: Automata on PC.
During GameStart 2017, Nier: Automata producer Yosuke Saito and director Yoko Taro sat down with WOWJAPAN and chatted about creating the game. Early into the interview, Saito revealed that Nier was originally developed on PC and was largely designed as a PC-only release.
“Actually there was no special arrangements made for either platform [PS4 and PC], but since most of the development process is done on the PC anyway, we ran with it,” Saito said during the interview. “Actually we had planned to release the game only for PC. However, following input from the publishers the decision was made for the game to be released on the PlayStation 4 as well.”
The game was also developed on Platinum’s in-house engine, which was mainly designed with PC in mind. But Saito said platform choice really “had no bearing on the way the game was designed.” So while the game was originally planned as a PC eclusive, it wasn’t hard turning the title into a PlayStation 4 venture as well.
Oh, and a sequel will most likely come about if someone gives Taro and Saito have the funds to create one.
“Back to the matter at hand, if someone gives us the money we’ll do it,” Taro explained.
“But now what would happen if the entire world gives us the money?” Saito joked. “We could do a lot more. We’ll do whatever the person pays us the most wants us to do.”
For Nier fans, that must sound like a dream come true. Nier: Automata is available now for PC and PlayStation 4.