Yoko Taro Teases New Game That Might Be the Next NieR

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Key Takeaways

  • Yosuke Saito teases a new project possibly linked to the NieR franchise.
  • The project's details remain undisclosed, but strong ties to the NieR series suggest its potential involvement.
  • Saito is also developing another independent project aimed at creating a novel concept, with most responsibilities delegated to his team.

Yosuke Saito teases a new project possibly linked to the NieR franchise, in collaboration with director Yoko Taro and composer Keiichi Okabe.

Yosuke Saito, executive officer and producer of the NieR series at Square Enix, revealed new details about a new project in collaboration with NieR series director Yoko Taro and composer Keiichi Okabe of MONACA.

In the latest issue of gaming outlet Weekly Famitsu, Saito provided some intriguing hints during a conversation with former Capcom producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi, who is now leading GPTRACK50 under NetEase Games.

“I’ve been talking about wanting to do something with Yoko-san and Okabe-san for some time now. I’ll have something more put-together to say in the not-too-distant future, so please stay tuned. It might be NieR; it might not be NieR.That’s about all I can say for now,” Saito teased.

Despite the ambiguity, there is a strong possibility that the project is tied to the NieR franchise. Saito has been a producer on the original NieR, NieR: Automata, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…, and served as an executive producer on the mobile game NieR Re[in]carnation. Similarly, composer Keiichi Okabe has been deeply involved in the series.

As for Yoko Taro, his career has flourished since the unexpected success of NieR: Automata, which has sold over eight million units in seven years. Taro has been creative director on SINoALICE, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…, NieR Re[in]carnation, and the Voice of Cards series. Additionally, he wrote the scenario for the YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse crossover in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers and the 2023 Japanese animated TV series NieR: Automata Ver1.1a.

Saito also revealed that he has another project in the works, independent of his collaboration with Taro and Okabe.

“I’m working on various things with the aim of creating something that does not yet exist,” he said. “I can’t dedicate all my time to it, so most of it has been left to the staff, but it’s becoming quite interesting. I’m looking forward to the day we can announce it.”

This news comes amidst significant developments for Square Enix. The company recently reported a $140.8 million loss for the fiscal year ending March 2024.

A few weeks later, Square Enix announced a three-year revitalization plan focusing on high-quality digital entertainment and expanding to multiple platforms, including Nintendo.