In case the latest DLC for Final Fantasy XIV didn’t have enough sad androids for you, Square Enix is publishing A NieR: Automata novel.
Earlier today, Nov. 18, 2019, at Anime NYC, Square Enix revealed a new novel set in the post-apocalyptic world of NieR: Automata, NieR:Automata YoRHa Boys. The novel is one of six new titles in Square Enix’s English-language manga, novels and art book line-up for 2020. The various titles, releasing Fall 2020, will be published by the company’s new Square Enix Manga & Books imprints and includes: The Apothecary Diaries, Ragna Crimson, The Great Jahy will not be Defeated!, Beauty and the Feast and By the Grace of the Gods.
NieR:Automata YoRHa Boys, is written by Jun Eishima and was supervised by NieR:Automata Director Yoko Taro, and takes place before the events of Neil: Automata and focuses on the story of, a squadron composed of YoRHa male type models, like 9s from the game, established for the purpose of collecting a full range of behavioral data, called Experimental Unit M. The novel also includes artwork by Final Fantasy illustrator, Toshiyuki Itahana.
Also announced at Anime NYC were the official release dates for several previously revealed Square Enix products:
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
So that third title on the list. That’s probably getting banned in some states, right?
Stephen Krusel, known as Sven Kroosl to some, has played video and tabletop games since 1987 and has written about the gaming industry since 2008. He has yet to be convinced that Final Fantasy Tactics is not the pinnacle of gaming.