Nier: Automata Not Coming To Xbox One Due To Poor Performance In Japan
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(Last Updated On: February 18, 2017)

It’s no surprise that the Japanese absolutely do not care about the Xbox One. The system tanked pretty badly over in the land of the rising sun. Well, the piss poor market performance of the Xbox One in Japan was one of the main reasons why Neir: Automata won’t be releasing on Microsoft’s home console.

Stuff Valley is reporting that producer Yosuke Saito explained why the third-person, hack-and-slash, role-playing adventure title won’t be coming to the Xbox One, saying…

“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.”


“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, 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.”

I love how there’s a bit of a console war dig there at the beginning, but then Saito scales it back and simply talks about the importance of quality by focusing on a single platform.

As sad as it is for Xbox One owners to find out that one of the most highly anticipated games of the year won’t be coming to their system, it’s also refreshing to know that some developers do value quality over quantity. I’m also saying this because Nier: Automata is confirmed for PC and that’s my preferred gaming platform of choice, so I’m still covered either way.

However, for Xbox One owners who don’t have a good gaming PC (and you really should have spent the $500 on a good gaming PC) you’re fresh out of luck.

PS4 owners can look to get their hands on Nier: Automata starting in Japan on February 23rd, and then a few weeks later in North America on March 7th, and then a few days later in Europe on March 10th.

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  • alec j

    I bought an Xbox One this summer just so i could enjoy games. I got a PS4 at launch and wished i could play Forza Horizon and Halo…..

    Its about the games.

    Also….PS4 is better.


  • gomes86

    It would make sense if it was about a single platform Japanese release.
    But the subject here is a multiplat, worldwide, big publisher release.

    That excuse is really bad.

    • Disqusted

      I wouldn’t be surprised if part of the reason is they don’t want to deal with SJW bullshit if they put any effort into marketing to the West.

      • you just know that all the Western games media retards will all be talking about the problematic upskirt

  • fnd

    Maybe it’s a vendetta against microsoft for having them cancel scalebound.

    • Disqusted

      There are plenty of reasons to hold vendettas against Microsoft~

      I wonder if anyone managed to sue Microsoft for making forced Windows 10 installations format their harddrives. I saw tons of people all around the entire world complaining Windows 10 permanently deleted random drives, deleted years of artwork, photos, work files, etc. That shit should be illegal.

  • Disqusted

    I still don’t get why people even bother with the Xbox, especially now when almost every Xbox game ends up on PC anyway. I hear Xbox Live is filled with obnoxious brats who think they are God, too. Yuck.

  • If they was caring only about the Japaneses market then why bring it to PC/STEAM? They do realize that Japan represents the smallest amount of the gaming industry right?

    • Disqusted

      I was watching a Japanese stream where they were promoting Nier Automata, and people in the comments were saying they’re gonna buy it if it’s on Steam. A bunch of the JP people I know also buy Steam games, so I’m pretty sure it’s a valid platform over there.

      • You know what’s crazy? EVERY single time I go to get a screenshot or check the discussion boards on Steam ALL I see are Japanese gamers. For shooting games it’s mostly Russians, though.

        • Disqusted

          Really? That’s interesting. I don’t really read those boards, but I do occasionally see JP posts when I do.

          One JP guy I know was complaining someone hacked his Steam account and he lost over 100 games, and Steam wouldn’t help him recover it. I keep hearing that Steam Support in general is very shitty, but I guess it must be difficult dealing with that kind of stuff happening to a lot of people worldwide.

          • Check the community sections… majority of the people taking screenshots for a lot of games (nearly everything written about on this site, anyway) are from Japanese gamers. I’m always shocked at just how many Japanese gamers flood and actually use Steam.

    • PS4 and PC are practically identical these days ,and you can half-arse a PC port with spiked requirements and call it a day. There’s even native DS4 support if you’re even too darn lazy to add proper M&KB support. So yeah… it would be slightly easier porting from PS4 to PC than PS4 to Xbox, especially considering that Microsoft would probably want a physical release of their game, where-as with Steam it’s just digital.

      • Disqusted

        There’s native DS4 support now? Steam only, right? So it wouldn’t work on stuff like Another Metroid 2 Remake, or emulators. I still use DS4Windows.

        • Native DS4 and native Xbox controller support in the Steam client. For games like AM2R I usually boot up the Steam client into Big Picture and then customize the Steam Controller (or whatever other controller I use) for the game through the in-game Steam tab. This way you get native controller support (e.g., Steam, DS4, Xbox) for non-native Steam games like emulated titles, DOSBox games, or fan-made stuff like AM2R.

  • Wisdomcube2000

    “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.”

    Yeah so ditch all the possible fans/customers in the US/UK/other countries where the xbox is popular because it died off in japan. Makes sense not wanting more money.

    I know they gave the other reason of trying to focus on one system, but just saying that first bit makes me question things…

    • Dreiko

      They are a Japanese developer. They only care about Japanese sales. The sales in the west are an afterthought. It’s the same reason why western games don’t make Japan-specific concessions but focus on their own country.

      • Disqusted

        Someone should tell that to companies like Crapcom.

      • Wisdomcube2000

        Just pointing out they are missing out on extra money. The game is still coming to the US as well anyway via PC/PS4 so they clearly care to some degree. But at the end of the day, it’s their game and they can do what they want to lol.

    • Disqusted

      I thought that was a little strange too, but you know what? I think it’s great that they are aiming to make Japanese games that Japanese people like.

      I’m so sick of Japanese companies trying so hard to be American, and it just turns out shit. Japan is good at being Japanese, they should focus on that. It’s why people like Japanese stuff. People don’t go to Japan to get a taste of America, and vice versa.

      If they were that worried about Western audiences, the characters in Automata would probably all be muscley men, like what they did to the Western version of Nier Gestalt, or whatever it’s called.

      • Wisdomcube2000

        “If they were that worried about Western audiences, the characters in Automata would probably all be–”

        Just for the record since you may have got the wrong idea from my post, I’m not asking them to change anything. Just annoyed that fans of the game got ignored for simply buying a (a big name) console that is not popular in jp.

      • Feniks

        This. We should celebrate the diversity of cultures. When I play a JRPG I want the J.


    Am I the only one that’s fucking sick of “HURR DURR, MY CONSOLE IS THE BEST”, “NO MY CONSOLE IS THE BEST” “FUCK YOU BOTH, PC MASTER RACE DURRRRRRR” bullshit? I just want to fucking play games dude. I don’t give a shit at what system it’s on. I’m getting a PS4 in August, and I already have an Xbox One. Fuck this console war, Fanboy slapfight.


    • Gaijin-

      No, you’re not.

    • Smug

      Platform competition used to be a thing, but with the fuckery of the current gen, it’s more like everybody loses

      • Also all that SJW nonsense distracted us from the stuff that really matters: flaming each other over console exclusives.

        • Disqusted

          I’d like to say I blame console exclusives on companies bribing devs/publishers, but sometimes there are other factors in play, like nobody else funding their game, not much point porting to other platforms, etc.

          For the Xbox though, I think most of their popular exclusives were Microsoft bribing people. Not that other companies don’t do that too. They are all assholes.

      • Yep. Developers prioritizing underpowered consoles hardware as their main platform means that superior PC hardware will most likely never be fully utilized.

        I think there is a genuine case to be made for consoles actually holding back the graphical merits of what high-end PC hardware can produce.

        And before anyone accuses me of being PC Master Racer, I game on BOTH console and PC and like both.

        • Disqusted

          It’s also annoying how they always release downgraded versions for console first, and then PC versions later. It’s a ploy to trick people into paying for the same shit twice, using “piracy” as an excuse.

          All the more reason for me to not give them money at all.

    • I never understood the point of fighting a platform war. If you win what then? Do they believe that they would change the persons platform of choice? I chose to game only on PC. No one can change my decision and I don’t plan to change anyone else’s. Why don’t people just game on what they want and leave it at that?

      • Disqusted

        I think it’s the result of so many people in the West who literally have no better way to identify themselves than via things like brands, etc.

    • Disqusted

      Go to Japan, hang out with Japanese people. I talked to JP friends about how Westerners argue about this shit, and they thought it was sad. One of them said Japanese people still argue about it a little, but it’s nowhere near the levels of the West. They just want to enjoy the games.

      • Let’s be honest here… they’re saying that because they get all the good games they want due to the fact that it’s basically a one-console race in Japan at the moment. Well, just until March 3rd.

        • Alistair

          All the good “Uncenored” Games they want.

          None of this retared censorship shit coming from the west.


          • Smug

            >what is CERO

            lets not exaggerate here, they have a retarded rating board

          • Alistair

            Then why added censorship as no SJW retarded never answer that question.

          • DizzyGear

            At their side of the pond blood and gore gets censored. I cant imagine their too thrilled about that either.

          • Alistair

            I do know Cero strict restrictions, but I’m speaking of uncensored of senran, gal gun, etc etc. Apart from admitting ages.

            If Cero is strict then why do the west needed more censorship onto of already censored over there hmmm?.

            Echhi doesn’t get restricted over there, example monster monpiece, senran etc etc.

          • If Cero is strict then why do the west needed more censorship onto of already censored over there hmmm?

            Because Japan/CERO focuses more on violence and gore, these are the areas that face heavy censorship over there. They tend to be “lenient” on fan-service (i.e. the tits), but that seems to be changing.

            Also, I was told from a commenter on another site (who claims to have lived in Japan) that CERO has recently added a new rule on how they rate games which aims to have a lower age rating. And this new rule basically requires that any female character with a dress or skirt must NOT have anything underneath it, so there must be a black void there. So for example, if Princess Peach had actual panties underneath it would get a higher age rating – regardless of whether the player can actually get into a position to look up her dress or not.

            He also said that the first thing CERO does when examining games is taking any female character with a skirt or dress and flipping them upside down to see if there are any visible panties. Apparently, having panties underneath is seen as “negative”. (yeah cue the jokes, but I’m being serious here 😀 ).

            Someone else replied to the comment and claimed that the change was the result of some Women’s group in Japan peddling the “think of the children” and “moral decency” excuses. This person also said that they were the reason Miku Hatsune had a black void underneath her skirt in some music game?

            Again, I need to stress that the above was what I was told, and it’s their words and not mine. I have NOT done any research on this issue, so I cannot confirm if it’s true or not.

          • Alistair

            Then devs will have a higher then D rating that isnt a issue.

            However If Cero slap a ban hammer so no higher rating but a out right banned then i see censorship of extreme kind.

            Let hope that commeter is wrong.

        • Disqusted

          We weren’t talking about right now, though. One of the conversations revolved around the Zelda series.

          Console wars in the West have always been a thing. Kids around me were arguing about it throughout my schooling years, and that was decades ago.

          I can’t even remember ever seeing a Western person point out how sad it is that people are dismissing or even attacking good games, just because they’re a fanboy of a different console. Gaming should be about the games, not the consoles.

      • DizzyGear

        If Japan did not have console fights than we would never have had the Neptunia games…

        IIRC Blancs/Whiteheart hot headed personality was even based on how toxic Japanese Nintendo fanboys can get.

        • Disqusted

          Dunno, never played those games. I do know Japan makes girls out of virtually anything and everything.

      • Feniks

        They were pretty angry about Tales of Vesperia though 😉

        Right now there is no war. Microsoft is not fighting. MS gave up on Japanese support. Arguably the xbox brand focuses on America leaving the rest for Sony.

  • There’s rumours (mainly from the console fanboys) that the forthcoming XBox Scorpio’s graphical power is apparently going to be on the level of a GTX1070 graphics card. If that turns out to be true, then that’s pretty good. But a GTX1070 cannot really do 4K at 60fps when it comes to high-quality games. Also, I don’t think the Scorpio’s CPU will be any better than an Intel i5 6xxx series.

    But I think by the time the Scorpio comes out, more powerful graphics cards will have been released then. Not to mention AMD’s new Ryzen CPUs (due to be released in 9 days!), which as some leaked benchmarks show, that they are able to compete with Intel’s i5 and i7 CPUs.

    But of course, Microsoft can always adjust the hardware of the Scorpio before it’s released.