One of the biggest Japanese video game successes of recent years would have revealed its last secret at the very start of 2021: the illustrious NieR: Automata from PlatinumGames would have nothing more to hide from its legion of fans …
Almost four years after its release on PlayStation 4 in February 2017, NieR's sequel is said to have jealously hidden a secret code cheat buried in the middle of its lines of code, finally discovered by secret content specialist Lance McDonald and revealed on Twitter on January 3. latest.
During an interview given to Famitsu magazine in March 2018, the game development team confided in various information regarding sales and the future of NieR: Automata, but also on the “ last secret ” that again the title. A secret such that it would be impossible for the staff to speak directly to the players: it is up to them to find out the exact nature.
It is ultimately to Lance McDonald that we owe this most unexpected discovery. After hundreds of hours of exploring both the game itself and its source code, the YouTuber has discovered some interesting lines through his reverse-engineering process – clues that suggest the presence of a cheat code with properties still unknown.
A succession of inputs which, executed at a very specific place but also at a very specific moment in the game, would unlock interesting bonus content …
Cheating for a good cause
For the most curious players – having preferably already finished the game, by the way – this cheat code is to be entered during the first moments of the game during its prologue, just after the first big fight against the Marx machine.
Once placed between the barrels at the back of the background, press the following series of keys: “ While holding R2, press Up, Down, Up, Right, Left, Square, Round, Triangle, Cross ” – a fade out. black will confirm the correct execution of the cheat code which will propel the player directly to the very last end of the game: the True Ending, usually reachable only after completing the game 3 times.
I found a cheat code in NieR Automata that allows you to skip to the last ending immediately after killing the first boss and unlock the bonus modes. I'll do a full video soon. It's not a glitch, it's an actual cheat code hard-coded into the engine. @yokotaro pic.twitter.com/FtuNPovq6F
– Lance McDonald (@manfightdragon) January 3, 2021
We thus enter the muddy territory of the big spoiler, and it would be a shame to spoil the surprise for those who have not yet gone through the scenario of NieR: Automata … In addition to a shortcut to this ultimate end, the cheat code Also unlocks the selection of chapters as well as debug modes.
Yoko Taro, director of the game, cracked a very specific reaction to his character on Twitter “ (NieR: Automata Spoilers)…. 3 years 10 months. （◎ 血 ◎) ”while the official game account congratulated MacDonald on his discovery. NieR: Automata is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.