Square Enix announced at Anime NYC that NieR: Automata is getting a new novel. Titled NieR: Automata YoRHa Boys, the book will be released in fall 2020.
NieR: Automata YoRHa Boys is being written by Jun Eishima. Eishima has previously worked on a number of Final Fantasy novellas. NieR: Automata director Yoko Taro is supervising the project.
The book takes place before the beginning of the post-apocalyptic action role-playing game. It focuses on the story of YoRHa Experimental Unit M, a squadron composed of YoRHa male type models established for the purpose of collecting a full range of behavioral data. The novel will also include artwork from famed Final Fantasy illustrator Toshiyuki Itahana.
NieR: Automata was released on PC and PS4 in 2017 and later ported to Xbox One. The game has received praise from critics – including from our own Cliff Bakehorn, who gave it an 8 out of 10.
Square Enix also announced a selection of new manga as part of their new Square Enix Manga & Books imprint. The new manga include The Apothecary Diaries, Ragna Crimson, The Great Jahy will not be Defeated!, Beauty and the Feast and By the Grace of the Gods.
Additionally, the following previously announced titles received official release dates:
- A Man and His Cat, Volume 1 – February 11, 2020
- Hi Score Girl, Volume 1 – February 25, 2020
- Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! , Volume 1 – March 10, 2020
- Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town, Volume 1 – Mar 24, 2020
- My Dress-Up Darling, Volume 1 – April 14, 2020
- The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History’s Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants, Volume 1 – April 28, 2020
- Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina, Volume 1 – May 12, 2020
- Soul Eater: The Perfect Edition, Volume 1 – May 26, 2020
- Final Fantasy XV: The Dawn of the Future (Novel) – June 23, 2020
- Marked for Failure! The World’s Strongest Sage Reincarnates for a Do-Over, Volume 1 – July 14, 2020
This isn’t the only Nier project to spin off from the game. North American and European audiences will be able to experience NieR: Orchestra Concert re:12018 in early 2020. This follows four sold-out shows in Tokyo last year.