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That Mystery Church in Nier: Automata Was an Elaborate Mod

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This past week, Nier: Automata players were stunned when someone shared pictures and video from a mystery church in-game. As it turns out, that was all part of an elaborate mod to unveil modding tools for the game.

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    Nier: Automata director Yoko Taro is known for being secretive when it comes to certain aspects of his games. For years, Taro teased that players had yet to uncover the final secret in the acclaimed action title, but stopped short of giving any hints as to what it was. Last year, prolific modder Lance McDonald (known for his work on Bloodborne’s 60 fps mod) located the hidden secret and things were good… that is, until this past week. A user on Reddit posted video of a mysterious room allegedly located in the “Copied City” of Automata and it sent the community into a frenzy. Since mod tools weren’t available, there was no possible way someone could have created additional content.

    As it just so turns out, this secluded church was an elaborate mod made to promote upcoming modding tools for Automata. Players were thrown for a loop when Taro retweeted a video from the mod, but the truth is now out. Twitch channel ze34_zinnia live-streamed extra areas of the church before concluding with a screen that revealed everything. Created by three modders, the intricacy of the level shows that the future of mods for Taro’s classic is going to be bright.

    2B or not 2B?

    As it turns out, the trio of modders didn’t mean for things to get out of control. While passed off as hidden official content, creators DevolasRevenge, Woeful_Wolf, and RaiderB were hoping that players would catch on before too long. In an interview with Kotaku, DevolasRevenge said, “Towards the end, I figured most people thought it was a mod. I didn’t mean to mislead anyone.” Thankfully, the majority of the Nier: Automata community is pleased that their favorite game will be able to receive new levels and features now.