We’ve heard before of NieR: Automata and fans of the upcoming game have known that it was already guaranteed a PlayStation 4 and PC release, but an Xbox One launch seemed highly unlikely. That might change, sometime in the future though. Here’s why.
Express, a British news organization, originally reported that the NieR: Automata‘s producer, Yosuke Saito, explained that “[t]here are currently no plans to release on this [the Xbox One] platform. The main reason for this is that the Japanese market for Xbox One is not strong, so the decision was made to focus on PlayStation 4 rather than to split our efforts across two platforms.”
Windows Central also notes that, while there has now been official word that the game will not initially launch on Xbox One, the most important factor is how successful the game would be in the marketplace of current video games. It’s no surprise that Xbox One has less of a presence in the home country of Sony’s PlayStation, but the studio behind NieR: Automata, Platinum Games, may reconsider an Xbox platform release depending on how the title fares on PC and PlayStation 4.
As noted a while ago, NieR: Automata is slated for a Japanese release on February 23 for both PC and PlayStation 4, with a Western market release on PlayStation 4 set for March 7 this year. If we learn more, we’ll be sure to keep you updated so stay tuned to Rectify Gaming.