Nier Automata developer PlatinumGames' latest RPG drops to 8 concurrent players on Steam

Polycount

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In brief: Square Enix is known for making and publishing some pretty fantastic games. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise gem, and both the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest franchises seem to knock it out of the park with every new release. Unfortunately, even a publisher of Square's caliber is capable of throwing their weight behind a bad game now and then. The latest Square Enix-published action RPG, Babylon's Fall, has performed terribly on Steam.

To be clear, Square Enix is regularly "disappointed" by the performance of their published works, even when said games actually performed very well. The publisher is known for having unreasonably high expectations for releases. Sadly, even with that in mind, Babylon's Fall is not doing well. It might be faring better on console, but on Steam, it hit a pathetic 8 concurrent players during the evening of April 12. Since the title was only released on March 3, that's not a great sign.

It is common for player counts to drop off after the first few weeks of a game's release, but not to this extent. Even PlatinumGames' past work, Nier Automata, continues to maintain an average concurrent player count of 1,464 over the past 30 days -- and that's five years after launch. By contrast, Babylon's Fall has averaged about 138 concurrent players, with regular dips into the double digits.

So, what, exactly, is wrong with Babylon's Fall? According to reviewers, the problems lie in the non-existent difficulty of the game, its dull level design, and an odd oil painting-like filter that negatively impacts its graphical fidelity. The game's main saving grace, according to reviewers, appears to be its combat, but even that apparently doesn't "blossom" until the late game.

Fans of Nier Automata likely expected better from PlatinumGames this time around. A 1-4 player action RPG with the depth of Nier, but a fresh setting and unique aesthetic? Even I'd have reason to check that out, despite having never played a Nier game before. Sadly, as we've learned repeatedly over the past few years, games don't always release in the state they ought to. Babylon's Fall appears to be another casualty of this trend.

With that said, PlatinumGames is determined to do right by its players. According to a tweet published in March, the developer is already working on Season 2 and 3 of the game's content, and improvements aimed at addressing player feedback are in the pipeline. Will this turn into another "No Man's Sky" situation? With the game sitting at "Mostly Negative" recent reviews right now, that is difficult to say. However, anything is possible, and we hope PlatinumGames can turn things around for the sake of both itself and its players.

If you wish to give the game a try, it's on sale for $41.99 right now, down from $59.99 on Steam. That deal ends on April 27, so you still have some time to take advantage of it if you wish. Alternatively, you can try out its free demo, which does require you to link a Square Enix account to play.

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NintPlayBox

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Plus it didn't help that it sells for full price exclusively on PlayStation instead of being on PSNow and GamePass at no additional cost

Yeah... it's time for them to discontinue support and write it off as a loss.
 

defaultluser

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Because Nier was a lump of trash so ugly, only a mother could love (tons of bugs, still unpatched)!

When you additionally force people to play "fake online" real players like Destiny, you get stuck with completely disabled community patches/mods, players know when yo quit!
 
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kapital98

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Plus it didn't help that it sells for full price exclusively on PlayStation instead of being on PSNow and GamePass at no additional cost

Yeah... it's time for them to discontinue support and write it off as a loss.

The entire game is geared towards microtransactions. Go watch some gameplay. It's bizarre why this game was released other than a quick cash grab.

Not just the Nier people -- Bayonetta as well. Platinum Games has (mostly) a great track record.

There is no reason for this game to continue to exist.
 

Theinsanegamer

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So it has no challenge, the level design is out of baby's first unreal engine game, the graphics are bleh, and the whole game is geared towards microtransactions.

Gee, I wonder why it died. Platinum should write off the game and learn a very important lesson, cheap shat like this does not pass when you are a major game dev, we expect at least SOME effort. Platinum, I understand why you would think gamers are some of the biggest consoooomers on the planet with all the expectations of a disappointed parent with a 40 year old living in the basement, but even 1337 GAMRZ can tell when something is an outright scam.

Because Nier was a lump of trash so ugly, only a mother could love (tons of bugs, still unpatched)!

When you additionally force people to play "fake online" real players like Destiny, you get stuck with completely disabled community patches/mods, players know when yo quit!
Wait, so Nier was a lump of ugly glitchy trash, that's why it still sees over 1000 players a month 5 years after launch?

So does being an ugly glitchy pile make you successful or not?
Plus it didn't help that it sells for full price exclusively on PlayStation instead of being on PSNow and GamePass at no additional cost

Yeah... it's time for them to discontinue support and write it off as a loss.
Plenty of games release for full price and have no issue selling, OTOH there are smaller devs that state being on PSNOW and gamepass is utterly disasterous for sales (no duh, why would anyone buy the game if they can play the whole thing for like $5?)
 

NintPlayBox

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Funny no one in the media has reported if the game has done good or bad in sales or player count for PlayStation....it's like they forgot this is a PlayStation console exclusive.
 
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NintPlayBox

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defaultluser

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Wait, so Nier was a lump of ugly glitchy trash, that's why it still sees over 1000 players a month 5 years after launch?

Universally, 5 years after release, the only sales pitch for this trash heap is "Dat ***"

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A more honest review:

As pretty much everyone already knows, it’s not a good PC port. There are several issues with the port, the most commonly mentioned being the full screen resolution bug, but there’s several other issues, like non-native resolution for AO and bloom, PS2 quality potato textures, and the mouse lingering on the screen at all times, even when using a controller. Thankfully, Kaldaien’s FAR mod [github.com]fixes the vast majority of those issues, while the PCGW [www.pcgamingwiki.com] and GPUnity’s Texture Pack [www.nexusmods.com] resolve the rest. Once you’ve put a bit of effort into fixing the PC port, it’s probably the definitive edition of the game. It’s just a shame it’s not that “out of the box.”

if you don't mind stepping through tons of painful steps, you get a somewhat-stable potato-textured game with a hero with curvy thighs! But their online game has no such user-fixed outlets!

with clunky side-quests, the only interesting part of this "RPG that isn't really an RPG" I the combat and music
 
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OortCloud

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I know it's heresy but I also thought Nier Automata was an awful game - both in it's look and it's creepy, twee not-as-clever-as-it-likes-to-think-it-is story. Pre-teen robot-girls running around in heels and suspenders designed to appeal to pre-pubescent boys and perverts.
 

Loli Pop Carbon

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Nier Automata is an amazing game. One of my top favorite all the time in terms of everything. I'm thinking of replaying it again.

These trolls and haters in the comment section are missing a screw or something. Lmao. Like really, stop being overly sensitive to everything.
 

Watzupken

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I generally find games from PlatinumGames quite unique, and in some cases, quite fun. Graphic however is not their strong point. If the gameplay and story line is good, I don’t feel lower quality graphics will drag it down. If you have been reading the trends in games of late, you probably will see this increasing trend of charging a full price on a game, while including a heavy micro transaction system. These generally fail to impress because the game play will naturally force you into a decision to buy something, or, you lose out part of the gaming experience/ have to go through a lot of inconvenience to get something.