The official website of NieR:Automata Ver1.1a anime announced on Jan 22, 2023, that the release date of episode 4 and beyond has been delayed due to the impact on the spread of COVID-19 on the production schedule of the anime.
Episode 4 was originally set to air on Jan 28, 2023.
The new broadcast schedule will be revealed on the official sources of the anime soon. Meanwhile, episode 1-3 will be rebroadcast from Jan 28.
The anime started airing in Japan on Jan 7, 2023.
A-1 Pictures will be in charge of animating the adaptation. The following staff members have been revealed for the anime:
- Director: Ryoji Masuyama
- Series Composition: Yoto Taro, Ryoji Masuyama
- Character Design/ Chief Animation Director: Jun Nakai
- Music: MONACA
Nier: Automata is a 2017 action role-playing game developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix. It tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim the machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful machines.
In the game players take the role of these combat androids from the YoRHa units across an open world. The story requires multiple playthroughs, each unlocking additional story elements.
The plot of the anime is described as follows:
A small number of humans who escaped to the moon began a counterattack operation using <android> soldiers to recapture Earth. However, the battle falls into a stalemate in front of <machine lifeforms> that continue to multiply infinitely. As the ultimate weapon, mankind dispatches a new android <Yorha> unit to Earth. <2B>, who was newly dispatched to Earth, joins up with <9S>, an advanced investigator, and goes on a mission, but in the midst of that, he encounters a number of mysterious phenomena… This is the story of a lifeless android who continues to fight for humanity.
When rumours about the game’s anime adaptation had surfaced online, fans were skeptical about the development, arguing that the story of the game was too complex to be adapted properly into an anime.
Source: Official Website