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NieR: Automata

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NieR: Automata

Developer: PlatinumGames
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
Released internationally: March 17, 2017 (PC), June 26, 2018 (XB1)
Released in JP: February 23, 2017 (PS4)
Released in US: March 7, 2017 (PS4)
Released in EU: March 10, 2017 (PS4)

BonusIcon.png This game has hidden bonus content.

This article is a work in progress.
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.

Wherein Yoko Taro's eccentric post-apocalyptic nightmare worlds achieve surprise mainstream success through the action game skills of PlatinumGames. Although, to be fair, the big robot hinders probably helped.

Received an after-the-fact Xbox One port as the "Become As Gods Edition", packing in the unpronounceable "3C3C1D119440927" DLC content.

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A debug mode and debug room are present, but can be unlocked via normal gameplay. Should this be covered? There may also be additional debug tools left in the game data...

Secret Cheat ("The Final Secret")

A hidden cheat code, hardcoded into the game engine, is present in the game's first chapter. If you have the Chapter Select, you can skip to the exact point by going to the checkpoint "Ch.01-02_3: 2B Inside the Factory".

After defeating the "Marx" boss and watching 9S fly off, don't go into the factory immediately. Instead, look around the area for two identical sets of three barrels, with a space between them. Park 2B between the two piles, hold down R2 and enter the press-button code Up, Down, Up, Right, Left, Square, Circle, Triangle, Cross (or your system's gamepad's equivalent) while doing your best to keep 2B from escaping the space between the barrels (It helps to press the left touchpad to pause the game). You might recognise this as the "Platinum Code" used to activate certain secrets in Bayonetta 2...

Upon the code's successful execution, the game will fade to black and skip straight to the post-credits scene from the final ending, unlocking everything that's normally earned by completing repeat playthroughs.

This cheat code was hinted at in a "one-year anniversary" Famitsu interview, where it was described as a development requirement that could cause unpleasant issues upon discovery due to its nature. Three years and ten months after the game's release, the secret was found, and confirmed as such by Yoko Taro and Square-Enix.

(Source: Lance McDonald)