Nier: Automata is a game considered by many to be essentially perfect. Developed by Platinum Games, this stylish third-person ARPG is home to quirks, revelations, and gameplay loops quite unlike any other.
It’s also home to everything from locked chests, to hidden bosses, to a plethora of different endings. But Platinum had made it plain that there was still one more Nier: Automata secret still to be found. At least until now.
YouTuber and general gaming enthusiast Lance McDonald, who you may remember threatened FromSoftware with a hacked Bloodborne release to improve framerates, discovered a cheat code hidden within NIER: Automata’s systems. Remember, this game came out in 2016, so this took nearly four years to locate!
This obviously involved significant work from Lance, so be sure to give him a follow on Twitter, and don’t forget to check him out on YouTube. On his channel he goes through the entire process, and details the cheat code itself. I’ll summarise here today of course, but the video will be linked somewhere here.
Unlike many cheat codes in the past, this one can only be activated at a certain stage in the game, and while standing in a specific spot. Unlockable just after Automata’s first boss fight, shortly after a conversation between 2B and 9S, the player must orient themselves between two sets of three barrels.
Lance actually suggests that these barrels are placed specifically for the player to locate the correct spot, which makes a lot of sense. While standing there, you need to press the following combo while holding R2 (and corresponding for Xbox):
Up, down, up, right, left, square, circle, triangle, X.
You’re gonna have to keep 2B in place while hitting the buttons, so apparently the easiest way is to use the quick use menu while inputting the combination.
This cheat code unlocks Chapter Select, the Trophy Shop, the Debug Room, and Debug Mode for use. It would normally require three playthroughs to unlock all of this, so this is a huge time saver.
It’ll also skip you to the very last ending immediately, so no extra time is required afterwards. What this means for any% speed runs I have NO idea, but it’s an interesting thought nonetheless.
In case you’re wondering about the legitimacy of this claim, then the official Nier Twitter account actually congratulated Lance on the find! Pretty impressive.
Nier: Automata is a game that’s hit excellent success, and an impressive fan following since its release in 2016. If the next entry into the franchise can retain such interest, that can only mean good things. Be sure to check out Lance’s full length video on the final Nier: Automata secret!
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