Nier: Automata came out earlier this year and has become an overwhelming success, with the gaming receiving widespread critical acclaim and publisher Square Enix announcing a few days ago that it has shipped over 2 million units already. It sounds like that success is unlocking new doors for the franchise, as Square Enix has now posted a new hiring notice to its website that strongly suggests a new Nier project is on the way.
The hiring notice itself is specifically looking for someone who can handle "NieR-related product scenario creation, as well as planning work." That on its own would be enough to get fans excited, but that's not the only update to Square Enix's site. Over on the recruitment page for Square Enix Business Division 6, new messages have been posted from Nier director Yoko Taro and series producer Yosuke Saito, and they contain some very interesting details.
"Hello. NieR series director Yoko Taro here. Thanks to everyone's support, it appears that we will be carrying out various developments in regard to NieR. Nonetheless, there are limits to what lazy Yoko can do on his own. So I told Square Enix producer Yosuke Saito, "I can't handle ANYMORE," and now I get to round up a team of people to work with me, so I'm putting out a call for talented individuals." — Yoko Taro
"I have consulted with Yoko. What will we do with NieR from here on? This hit was a one-hit wonder, wasn't it? We've hit our peak and there's no going higher, that must be it. Things like that. But it definitely feels like there are a great many people waiting on the world of NieR. No, I'm sure of it.
"That said, Yoko is not God. He's human. He sometimes cries, and he sometimes gets discouraged. I'd like to take this opportunity to recruit those who could help Yoko and together weave the world of NieR, so we have now begun "NieR-related product scenario staff recruitment."" — Yosuke Saito
With them noting that a whole team is being assembled for this new project, it definitely sounds to me like something more substantial is in the works for the Nier franchise—yes, it could just be a big piece of DLC, but I know I'm not the only one hoping that this indicates a third entry is kicking off development. While they stop short of actually confirming that a new entry is in the works, these messages certainly give fans of the franchise reason to hope for such an announcement to come in the near future.
What would you like to see Square Enix do with the Nier series from here? Are you expecting them to immediately begin work on another entry, or could they be working on DLC or a spinoff for Nier: Automata (and yes, I do ask that knowing that Nier is itself a spinoff of the Drakengard series)? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!