Square Enix recently announced that total worldwide digital shipments and sales of the hit RPG NieR: Automata have crossed the 7.5 million units mark. The milestone comes just months after the match was reported Seven million units reached in November 2022.
Developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix, NieR: Automata is the sequel to the 2010 game Nier and is part of the larger Drakengard series. The game initially launched on PlayStation 4 in Japan on February 23, 2017, followed by North America on March 7, and Europe on March 10. It later became available on PC via Steam worldwide on March 17 and Xbox One on June 26, 2018. “Game of the YoRHa Edition” was released for PlayStation 4 and PC worldwide in February 2019, while “The End of YoRHa Edition” for Switch on October 6, 2022.
The unique gameplay of NieR: Automata combines the elements of Role-playing with action-based hack and slash combat, and incorporates different video game genres such as Shooting and Text-Adventure. The story of the game takes place during a proxy war between alien-created machines and man-made robots, and revolves around the fighting actions of robot 2B, Scanner android 9S, and rogue prototype A2. Multiple playthroughs are required to fully unlock the game’s complex story.
The game enjoyed instant success upon its release, selling over 198,500 copies in the past Japan during its first week and quickly reach the top of the charts. By April 2017, NieR: Automata had sold over 500,000 copies in Japan and Asia, including physical and digital sales. In the United Kingdom, it debuted at number six in the program’s overall chart. By May 2017, total sales across PS4 and PC platforms had reached 1.5 million copies, with most of these sales coming from overseas markets.
By May 2019, Automata worldwide shipments had reached four million copies, and another 500,000 units had been sold by March 2020, attributed to the steady sales of the “Game of the YoRHa” version. The game’s success far exceeded Square Enix’s expectations, leading them to consider Nier as a potential franchise. PlatinumGames credited NieR: Automata’s strong sales and a positive critical reception to the company’s rescue and renewed interest in its products after a series of disappointing releases.