Yoko Taro wants folks to knock it off with the fan art and cosplay complaints, saying one of the reasons he doesn't actively retweet fan art or cosplay is because he doesn't want to broadcast them to "strange people."
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Without his mask, Yoko Taro looks like anyone else at the Game Developers Conference. He has a thin grey beard and wears a black hoodie with short, flowing sleeves that wouldn't seem out of place at Hogwarts.
His head is shaved, and his face is round, but otherwise he doesn't resemble the giant Nier mask that has become his trademark over the past few years. He just looks like a Japanese man.
Nier Automata is cruel to its characters. An action role-playing game from Square Enix, very few games have made me react as strongly to the story as Automata. While Yoko Taro's games have always been disturbingly provocative as they dig at deep existential questions, the optional sidequests from the Machine Village exemplify what makes Automata so compelling and heart-wrenching.
There's a limited-edition Nier Blu-ray disc for sale here only at Tokyo Game Show, and it's selling out in minutes every morning. The disc itself, a recording of a live concert of music from Nier and Nier: Automata, is something you can buy anywhere, but at TGS you can get one that's been signed by the game's creators.
While Nier Automata's 2B has been the undisputed cosplay star of 2017, she's not the only character being featured from the game.
To make sure this cosplay video was as true to the source material as possible, Rescue the Princess managed to find an abandoned quarry in Japan, then went and shot a whole bunch of multiple endings.
Nier: Automata is both a wild action game and an introspective look at the things that make us human. We corresponded with director Yoko Taro via email to talk about the game's themes, what goes into writing memorable characters, and what he'd like video game players to stop doing.
Model builder and Kotaku reader Kevin Derken, whose work we've featured on the site before, went and built himself a couple of replicas of the lil' robots from Nier: Automata.
Nier: Automata came out two months ago on PC. It's a really good game, and a clear standout during an unusually strong spring. So why the heck is the PC version still loaded with basic bugs and other problems that haven't been patched?
Many fans were happy to hear about Kaldaien's "FAR mod", a patch that fixes Nier: Automata's technical issues on PC. Some people who downloaded the mod were surprised to find that it checks whether or not you've pirated the game, and the modder's decision to include such a feature has proven controversial.