A year after its release, Nier: Automata has sold 2.5m copies across all platforms
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JRPGs appeal to a rather niche crowd, so it's nice to see one such game doing well. Nier: Automata, sequel to the much-lauded Nier, was released a year ago. It has sold 2.5 million copies in that period, which is pretty impressive, considering the fact that it isn't exactly a mainstream game.
The game was released for PC and PS4 but has suffered from a number of issues on both platforms. The PS4 version, for example, renders on 900p, instead of the console's native 1080p resolution. In spite of the resolution gimp, it has still been reported to drop below 60fps almost consistently. The PC version, on the other hand, suffers from "muddy textures and craggy landscapes", according to reviews, and has been locked to a paltry 30fps, which is likely off-putting to the average PC gamer. There are patches that fix the texture issues, though, but they're far from perfect.
2.5 million copies sold across two platforms, while impressive, isn't particularly mind-blowing. For example, PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn sold over 7 million copies over the same time frame as Nier Automata. Automata is still an excellent game, though, and its soundtrack and high replay value makes it one of the best releases of 2017, especially on the PS4.