If you’ve played Nier: Automata, you’ll be very aware of how many easter eggs are embedded within that game. A commentary on the very nature of the video game medium, it makes sense that there’d be loads of secrets buried within the experience but one such secret has managed to elude players for three years and ten months.
That is, until last night.
So what exactly is this elusive cheat? After having defeated the game’s first boss, the player needs to head to a certain spot in the arena and enter in a series of complicated moves which include attacks, rolls and specific movements to unlock the secret. When those requirements have been met, the game teleports the player to the game’s final ending. Nier: Automata is of course infamous for having several different endings to complete before finishing the game. While it was initially thought to be a glitch by some, McDonald confirmed that it wasn’t an exploit but a actual cheat discovered after “hundreds of hours of reverse engineering”.
It’s always cool to see a game go to such an extent to hide aspects that only the most hardcore and dedicated players will experience. If you haven’t played Nier: Automata you should really think about giving it a go. It’s a wonderfully deep action game with some hauntingly relevant themes that will no doubt linger in your brain longer than you think it will.
Last Updated: January 4, 2021