Just over a year ago, Nier: Automata released on PS4 and PC systems as a successor to the previously released game Nier. A collaboration between Square Enix and Platinum Games, Automata quickly found popularity. It’s still talked about a year later, and protagonist 2B continues to receive the lauded collector’s statue treatment. And, like the original Nier, this sequel-not-sequel now looks forward to the advent of its own Piano Collections album in Japan late this year.
Piano Collections is a series of music CDs sold by Square Enix featuring piano arrangements of select songs from some of its popular games. Though most of them honor the Final Fantasy series, both Nier games have also earned a release of their own. Automata will see its piano arrangement arrive on April 25, 2018, for about $28 on the Square Enix online store.
No word on the number or length of the tracks, or which songs are chosen for the CD. Fans aren’t totally in the dark if they look closely, though. Going through game one’s Collections track might yield some clues as to what we can expect for Automata.
Western fans may or may not see an official English release of the track, however it’s also not necessary to create one. The store can just as easily ship to North American addresses, so there’s no need to wait for one once the Japanese version becomes available. It also seems pre-orders are being accepted as well, with no mention on the amount of stock.
Ifyou enjoyed the game and are especially fond of the music, it’s always a good idea to reserve a copy early. Piano versions of songs are always beautiful, and for a game that won Best Soundtrack at The Game Awards, beating out a few major mainstream titles, it’s clear we’ve got something truly special on our hands.
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.