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NieR Automata DLC Is Unnecessary [Spoilers]

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Source: NieR: Automata – E3 2016 Trailer | PS4 video

Previously, NieR Automata director Yoko Taro confirmed some incoming DLC but asked fans to not expect from it too much. This title has a conclusive end even after implying that things may recur for its main characters. Due to its conclusive and complicated story, NieR Automata DLC might only feature cosmetic content, which may be unnecessary.

No Expansive DLCs

Previously, Taro explained in his PAX East 2017 Q&A panel that although they’ve prepared something, the NieR Automata DLC won’t be expansive. At best, players will receive the usual cosmetic DLCs like accessories and weapons which exist outside the game’s main story. Players could ignore these DLCs and still enjoy the story.

DLCs So Far

Currently, NieR Automata DLCs are available on the game’s Day 1 Editions for both the PlayStation 4 and PC. So far, the Day 1 DLCs are mostly pod cosmetics and head accessories. These DLC equipment don’t give immense stat boosts or wholly change a character’s gameplay, which makes them an arbitrary addition. These DLC items don’t reward the player with trophies, which makes them unnecessary, even for completionists.

Stiff Story Insertion

NieR Automata’s contained story is similar to Platinum Games’ Metal Gear Rising Revengeance. Both games’ small and focused stories make it hard to insert expansive standalone DLCs without touching its other characters. Metal Gear Rising Revengeance had expansions that featured Jetstream Sam and Bladewolf as the playable character instead of Raiden. Most of the playable cast have already covered the unique action in NieR Automata. However, side stories like those about A2’s squadmates and the YoRHa deserters seem to be good picks for expansion DLCs. However, Taro has already dissuaded fans about the DLC, which means we might not get backstory expansions.

Conclusive Cliffhanger

At the end of NieR Automata, the Pods gain a will of their own and aim to revive main android characters using the data they have. The pods head on to face the future with their plans, and then the story ends. NieR Automata’s ending implies that the cycle continues, and it leaves fans wondering what happens next. Any DLC expansions may ruin the game’s well-established cliffhanger ending, but the potential to explore Taro’s game worlds are limitless.

Potential Crossovers

Previously, Taro also confirmed that he’ll develop anything if he’s provided funding. Taro is also open for NieR or Drakengard crossovers, which mean other series can negotiate with Square Enix for any extra DLCs. We’ll have to wait for official announcements about plans for a NieR Automata DLC.

Also read: NieR Automata PC Release Is Concerning

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