ThE A-Z of NieR:Automata’s endingsWhen is an ending not an ending? When it’s NieR:Automata, of course. Don’t worry - there are NO spoilers in this article.
NieR:Automata is not your ordinary videogame. Let me put it this way: if director YOKO TARO was a cop, he’d be the renegade that plays by his own rules. But darn it - he gets results!
That off the rails attitude is very apparent in the structure of the game. NieR:Automata features many separate endings. Some of them are sad, some of them are silly and some of them aren’t really endings at all.
If you’re thinking: “that all sounds a bit weird, but also kinda cool”… well, you basically just described NieR:Automata.
How the endings work in NieR:Automata
There are 26 possible endings in NieR:Automata - each labelled with a letter of the alphabet. We’ve put together a lovely chart to showcase all the possible options - take a look:
Here are some hints as to how the endings work:
The main story
Here’s a pro tip: when you complete 2B’s adventure in NieR Automata, and get the very first ending (Ending A)… DO NOT STOP PLAYING.
I cannot stress this enough.
Seriously - you’ve probably only seen around a third of the game. Subsequent playthroughs will give you new characters to play with, new stories and even new areas to navigate.
If it helps, think of these endings more as chapter breaks. Once you’ve achieved Ending A, you’ve basically finished Chapter 1 - now it’s time to move onto Chapter 2.
Keep replaying until you reach the actual conclusion of the game - no spoilers, but you’ll know it when you see it.
The other endings
Not every ending is vital for completing the story. Some can be picked up by playing the game in certain ways (often by trying to ‘break’ the story).
For example, running away from a plot-critical fight could potentially spark the impromptu end to the tale. Alternatively, doing something when explicitly warned not to is also inadvisable.
Actually scratch that - they are advisable if you want to see all the outcomes - every ending is well worth a watch, and you’re always free to reload a save.
Go on then, give us a hint on how to get these hidden endings
…okay, I’ll give you one hint. If you bear in mind that the player characters are androids, removing their central operating system might just be the end of your adventure…
NieR:Automata Game of the YoRHa Edition is out now, on PlayStation 4 and Steam.
In addition, if you have an Xbox One, you can also pick up the NieR:Automata BECOME AS GODS Edition: