Instead of having fans excited over its stylish action or fascinating premise, Nier: Automata is currently making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Gamers were recently sent into a tizzy over a screenshot of the game’s protagonist YoRHa No. 2 Model B (or 2B for short). The image in question is apparently an upskirt shot from the recently released PlayStation 4 demo that goes into far more anatomical detail than necessary – especially considering the character in question is an android.
To make things worse the game’s director, Yoko Taro has waded in and, instead of claiming the screenshot to be the result of some sad individual with too much time on their hands, has encouraged fans to come forth with their own lewd artwork of the character for his viewing pleasure.
According to Kotaku, this translates to:
“Because of the brouhaha over 2B’s butt, there are loads of rude drawings and whatnot being uploaded [online]. And since going around and collecting them is a pain, I’d like it if I could get them sent in a zip file every week.”
Naturally, fans indulged the request and have created a plethora of explicit artwork featuring 2B, to which Taro replied, “The internet is great.”
Disregarding the artwork that so unashamedly sexualises her, the character herself is, for the most part, very well designed. It’s disappointing then, to witness this intriguing new female character degraded like this and even more disheartening to see a creator have such little respect for his character that he encourages her objectification and even revels in it.
For anyone interested in more than what’s up 2B’s skirt, Nier: Automata is the follow-up to 2010’s Nier. Following on from the events of its predecessor, the game shares the same dark and atmospheric, post-apocalyptic setting where machines from another world wage war with humans.
The open-world game is being developed by action masters Platinum Games, so expect to see the developer’s unique brand of intense action blended with the RPG elements of the original.
Nier Automata will be released in Europe on March 10 for PS4. You can also download the demo here.
(featured image courtesy of square-enix-press.com)