The Nier community has been on absolute alert over a mysterious church in Nier: Automata’s Copied City for the past few days. Reddit user sadfutago posted the information. People spent hours poring over this strange, unknown area. This was the last secret. Is this a mod? Does a bored Yoko Taro decide to rope us all into an ARG?
After several videos were drip-fed to us over a week, it was finally revealed that the hidden area was a mod. Although it might seem anti-climatic, it is a significant leap in Automata’s modding capabilities. This level’s map editing was previously nearly impossible in the game. That is why so many people were confused.
It turns out that there are three people behind sadfutago, the secret room mod and Woeful_Wolf: DevolasRevenge and RaiderB. They thanked the community: “We have loved all the theories and discussions–it’s been a fantastic journey. It was inspiring to see the community unite after so many years. This has made all the hard work worthwhile. We hope everyone had fun. We sure did.
DevolasRevenge, the map designer, said, “It wasn’t meant to explode this big, but to confuse a few people via Twitter, lol.” Woeful_Wolf also stated, “When I started this, I never thought we would get this far; I just wanted to fix the lunar tears model!” RaiderB stated that working on this project and being part of this team was an honour. It’s been a lot of fun, and I am eager to see what the future holds.
The mod will be publicly available. The team has already begun to release Blender add-ons and scripting tools that were used to accomplish the feat (opens in new window). The statement concluded with “Keep an eye out for more”, including a RaiderB mod.
Seeing the community come together and solve the case was a pleasure, especially since I am a big Nier fan. A few days ago, while browsing the subreddit, I noticed someone saying that “there is no scenario that isn’t exciting.” It’s been a fantastic week for Nier fans, and I can’t wait to see what these clever modders have in store.