Nier: Automata is an excellent video game that took many people by surprise when it came out back in 2017. One of the game’s biggest selling points is its rather unusual method of storytelling. Not to mention the actual story itself. But although the game tells a rich and interesting story, it’s actually only a small part of a bigger picture. In addition to the game, there are also two books that flesh out the Nier: Automata universe even more. For now, the books are only available in Japan but that won’t be the case for much longer.
A number of written stories set in the world of Nier: Automata are finally coming to the west in the near future. There’s a lengthy novel to look forward to along with a collection of short stories. The novel goes by the name of Nier: Automata: Long Story Short while the collection is known as Nier: Automata: Short Story Long. The names of the books are a bit confusing, but then again, so is the game itself.
Plenty of Great Stories to Look Forward to
The Long Story Short novel closely follows the events of Nier: Automata. It’s not just a 1:1 recreation, however, as the book also contains bits of information that didn’t appear in the game. The book was written by Jun Eishima and Yoko Taro himself, Nier: Automata’s game director. The pair also wrote all the stories featured in Short Story Long.
Short Story Long is a collection that includes a total of seven short stories. Most of these stories are set during the events of Nier: Automata but there is also one that takes place before the game and explains how the machine religion was formed. This story is called The Flame of Prometheus and is already available in Japan alongside four other stories: Small Flowers, Memory Thorn, A Much Too Silent Sea, and Orbital Bunker Observation Diary. In addition, Long Story Short also includes two brand new stories known as YoRHa Ver. 1.05 and Emil’s Recollection.
Release Date and Price
Long Story Short is the first book to make its way to the west. The novel costs $14.99 and will be available to purchase on October 9, 2018. Meanwhile, Nier: Automata: Short Story Long is scheduled to launch sometime in Spring 2019 and doesn’t currently have a price tag. Both books will be published in English by Viz Media.
Nier: Automata initially only launched for PS4 and PC. However, just recently the game also finally made its way to the Xbox One. You can enjoy the books without having played the game but it’s probably a good idea to give it a try anyway.