Nier: Automata celebrated its one year anniversary, but according to directors Yoko Taro, Takahisa Taura, and producer Yosuke Saito, players have yet to uncover the game's final secret. And it could prove to be controversial.
In an interview with 10 Nier: Automata staff members, along with the previously mentioned directors, there is something in the game that has yet to be found, and the developers feel that it will be bad if it was made public.
In a summary of the interview with Famitsu (thanks, Siliconera) the Nier: Automata staff said something along the lines of how "Due to various circumstances," some kind of secret made its way into the game. However, they also mention that "going into any further detail might cause some problems," which is why they won't talk any more about it. It should be considered Nier: Automata's "last secret."
When I first heard about the secret, I thought it would be something related to the mysterious vault in the desert. But judging by the responses of the Nier: Automata team, the secret sounds downright bad. Considering that the game garnered controversy before in regards to the sexualized nature of the main character 2B, it could be related to that in some way. There is, after all, an achievement for looking up 2B's skirt.
Other tidbits from the interview include the fact that there is a camera trick in Nier where players can hold down the R3 button and use the directional keys to change the camera distance. This apparently has a chance of bugging the camera which the developers felt was very "Nier-esque," so they kept it in.
As for future game plans, Yoko Taro's team is in the middle of recruiting for its scenario staff to get started on something new for Nier, though no hires have been made. The team is setting its eyes on 2020 as the 10th anniversary of Nier and think it would be nice to have a new game announcement by then.
Yoko Taro also proposed a game to producer Saito and it seems to be moving forward. But be warned, Taro says, "I proposed [the game] in hopes of making everyone suffer. If the plan goes through, then I'd like to announce it."
Nier: Automata was one of our favorite games of 2017, coming in at number two on our Game of the Year list.