NieR: Automata, Platinum Games' sequel to Square Enix's delightfully bonkers action-adventure Nier, is getting a PS4 demo on 22nd December.

The demo will be set in an abandoned factory as android 2B and their companions seek to destroy a massive weapon within. My guess is that it will be the robot boss battle revealed from the E3 trailer.

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2B or not 2B?

Square Enix also revealed the game's fancy £169.99 / $189.99 Black Box Edition, which includes a figurine of 2B, hardback artbook, original soundtrack, code for bonus DLC, and a steelbook case, all housed within a sleek black Collector's Edition box.

NieR: Automata is set in a future earth where mankind has retreated to the moon and left sentient androids in their steed to do battle with robot invaders from another world. Having played Nier, I'm sure it will only get crazier from there. While NieR: Automata will be more action-focused than its predecessor, it will retain the original game's open-world structure with plenty of side-quests to undergo and loot to find.

NieR: Automata will launch on 10th March for PS4 in Europe, and 7th March in North America. A PC version has been confirmed, though according to Square Enix's online store this version is only dated for "early 2017", so it seems likely that this platform's launch will follow that of its PS4 brethren.

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