Nier: Automata’s Broken Steam Version Will Finally Be Updated This Week

Nier: Automata’s Broken Steam Version Will Finally Be Updated This Week
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Nier: Automata’s PC port was a disaster, one so bad we’ve written headlines about it like “It’s Ridiculous That Nier: Automata Still Hasn’t Been Patched On PC”, and then when Square Enix seemed unwilling (or unable) to fix it “Fan Creates Patch To Fix Nier: Automata’s Graphics.

And that was back in 2017! It’s now 2021 and the game still hasn’t been updated, but with a Game Pass release on the way Square Enix have finally been compelled to act. A patch for the Steam version was announced back in April, though with no accompanying release date fans again grew impatient, wondering when Square Enix would ever get around to fixing this.

Turns out it’ll be this week, with a planned July 15 release for what Square Enix is calling the “Steam Patch”. This will try and fix…well, all kinds of stuff:

  • Borderless video settings have been implemented.
  • A Fidelity FX CAS feature has been added.
  • The system will now detect whether HDR has been activated in the Windows display settings, and automatically boot the game in HDR mode if it has.
  • Adjustments to the anti-aliasing functionality
  • Approximately 270 UI textures for icons, backdrops and UI elements etc. now support 4K resolutions.
  • The bit rate has been improved and all pre-rendered cut scenes adjusted, so they will now play in 60FPS and display in the correct aspect ratio without stretching the picture.
  • A new “Global illumination” feature has been implemented. This can be set to three different levels; High, Medium or Low.
  • The rendering targets for ambient occlusion and bloom effects have been changed to dynamic resolution based on the game’s resolution.
  • It is now possible to switch between recently selected display modes for screenshots, such as between full screen and windowed mode or between borderless and windowed mode, by pushing the Alt + Enter keys together.
  • The mouse cursor is no longer displayed when using a game pad controller.
  • The frame rate has been stabilised at 60FPS under default settings.
  • Other stability related fixes have also been implemented.

That should have been either there or working at launch, or it not then soon after! It sucks that fans have had to wait four years for this, and it sucks they had to use community-made workarounds in place of official support that whole time.


  • Here’s hoping they finally make it possible to upgrade to the YoRHa Edition as well and don’t keep screwing over buyers of the original – though at least it’s still not as bad as the Control situation.

    • I dunno. To get the YoRHa Edition I had to remove my existing copy from my Steam Library and buy it again. Theres something worse than that?

      • The difference between YoRHa and regular+DLC is access to the preorder bonus content which as far as I’m aware is just some more skin cosmetics – so you’re jumping through hoops for non-essential content.

        The difference between Control Ultimate Edition and Control+DLC is that Ultimate Edition has online DRM requirements removed as well as patches and optimisations which trim the file size a fair bit. This became an issue because of the Humble version, which calls itself Ultimate because of how the Steam packages were renamed rather than set up as different product entries, but is not actually the Ultimate version and won’t upgrade even with buying the DLC, which needs to be sourced from there since it’s not actually available on Steam.

        • Just so I’m getting this right, its selling it as Ultimate since thats the name now on Steam, but its keys from before it was actually Ultimate so it doesn’t come with the Ultimate content? Which you can’t get since you can’t buy the DLC on Steam.

          Well… thats definitely special.

          Regarding Nier, you’re essentially correct in that its just an extra six cosmetics and two wallpapers. But, I consider all cosmetics being an essential part of a complete experience. So I jump through hoops that others consider pointless. 😀 Its kinda my thing.

          • So many issues with so many games could be fixed by just adding a bloody upgrade option for folks who already have most of it – see also titles that have standard edition, standard edition plus extras, but no way to buy extras without rebuying the plus edition because nothing was made available as DLC in the first place!

          • “it doesn’t come with the Ultimate content? Which you can’t get since you can’t buy the DLC on Steam”
            I mean you can buy the DLC through Humble, but this is more that the actual game package is different regardless of if you have the DLC or not – think a game that can’t get normal patch updates without being removed and re-purchased.

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