NIER AUTOMATA developer explains why a lack of Xbox One port is actually better for the game.
Nier Automata Xbox One UPDATE: Why Nier sequel won’t be coming to Microsoft’s console
The Nier Automata release date is closing in fast, but only for PS4 and PC.
Despite the original Nier coming to Xbox 360, Square Enix and Platinum Games have said that there are no plans to release the sequel on Xbox One.
Nier Automata producer Yosuke Saito explained why the company made this decision, revealing that the Xbox One market in Japan wasn’t as strong.
He said: “There are currently no plans to release on this platform.
“The main reason for this is that the Japanese market for Xbox One is not strong, so the decision was made to focus on PlayStation 4 rather than to split our efforts across two platforms.”
On the plus side, however, not developing an Xbox One version should have a positive effect on the overall quality of the game.
“The biggest benefit to developing on one platform is that we did not have to split our time, allowing us to focus more on the quality,” Saito continued.
“It is not about whether one platform is better than the other, it’s that from a development point of view were can devote more time to one platform.”
Nier Automata is the follow-up to 2010 action RPG Nier, which was released on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
The game paid homage to multiple genres, featuring hack and slash elements, as well as shoot-em-up gameplay, dungeon crawling and even a text adventure section.
Development for the sequel is being handled by Platinum Games, although series creator Taro Yoko is directing.
Nier Automata has been given a March 10 UK release date on PS4 and PC.