Automata Anime References Replicant’s Desert City Facade

Break the space-time continuum.

The recently released Nier: Automata anime apparently references a famous desert city scene known as Facade in the Nier Replicant prequel game. The character from Nier: Automata known as 9S can be seen hacking into a robot before entering this well-known scenario in which the player character and Kaine from Nier Replicant make their first contact with the inhabitants of Facade, called the Masked People.

“Hello? Hello! Direct reference from Nier Replicant? 9S hacked a robot and entered this scene from a replicant,” commented industry insider by the name of Aitaikimochi on the social media platform Twitter. Aitaikimochi is widely Known for having inside information on the biggest anime and video game releases in Japan.


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Facade is a location that appears in Nier Replicant, taking the form of a desert city ruled by thousands of mostly dark and seemingly meaningless rules. This part of the game world is the home of the Masked Ones, ruled by the King of Façade. The location consists of several different levels of buildings connected by a series of walkways under which a river of sand flows, something that can be navigated by a ferry.

The anime premiered in Japan on January 7. According to Square Enix, the show “tells the story of androids 2B, 9S, and A2 and their battle to take back the machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful machines.” The editor explains that “humanity has been driven from Earth by mechanical beings from another world. In a final effort to retake the planet, the human resistance sends a force of android soldiers to destroy the invaders. Now, a war between machines and androids rages… a war that could soon reveal a long-forgotten truth of the world.”

This comes in the wake of the news that while the first three episodes of the series have already aired, subsequent episodes of the show have been delayed due to the impact the ongoing pandemic has had on the production schedule. The anime will stream the first three episodes for the second time starting on January 28, with the rest becoming available to viewers at a later, as-yet-unannounced time.

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