NieR: Automata Director Yoko Taro Wants to See the Game on Nintendo Switch
At E3 2018 it was confirmed that NieR: Automata would be coming to Xbox One, and during a live stream featuring director Yoko Taro, producer Yosuke Saito and designer Takahisa Taura, they were asked about a Switch port.
It was a light-hearted interview and probably it shouldn’t be taken too literally, but Yoko Taro’s enthusiasm for a Switch port seems genuine enough (and given the massive potential audience on the Nintendo Switch, it would surely make commercial sense to publisher Square Enix, too).
Here’s the transcript of the conversation in question:
Yoko Taro: Well, um, when are we getting the Switch version Saito-san?
Yosuke Saito: Well, it’s not all on me to decide because PlatinumGames do take painstaking time to develop for each console.
Takahisa Taura: Well, I don’t think it’s a good idea to ask me about something as big as this.
Yoko Taro: I want a Switch version, Taura-san! Give it to me!
Takahisa Taura: Well, I’d like to have one too if it’s about what we want.
Yosuke Saito: Well, Taura-kun’s Twitter account is shown on the screen here and if everyone asks him for it, then there may be a possibility that it would become a reality. But even if it does, it might be about two years from now again. See we keep our jobs alive by releasing a little by little.
Takahisa Taura: Yes, we try to stretch it out as much as possible.
Yoko Taro: And this Twitter account is for asking for new girlfriends too right?
Takahisa Taura: Well, yes, but please contact Saito-san about Switch and not me.
NieR: Automata is one of the most popular games to come out of Japan in years, and has been hailed as a must-have on PS4.
“About NieR: Automata
In the distant future, an extra-terrestrial force has unleashed a ruthless army known as the “machine lifeforms” on Earth, driving mankind into exile on the moon. Android 2B, one of the latest infantry models of the newly formed organization called “YoRHa,” is plunged into a bitter war to reclaim the planet.
NieR:Automata isn’t just a simple entertainment product; it’s a silky-smooth 60fps, open-world action RPG, sending the player through a non-stop rollercoaster of emotions.”