NieR: Automata on Steam will receive an upgrade patch, announces Square Enix

NieR: Automata on Steam will receive an upgrade patch, announces Square Enix


NieR: Automata on PC in the Steam version will finally receive an upgrade through a new patch in the works at Square Enix, but of which there are no precise details yet.

This is still great news for PC users, who have been waiting for updates and adjustments to the Steam version of NieR Automata for almost four years now. The game, although it remains a great action like the one on other platforms, has never managed to exploit the additional potential of PCs, presenting itself with rather incomprehensible stability and frame-rate problems in the face of significantly higher hardware, not to mention the missed texture and resolution adjustments.

We don't know exactly what the new official patch consists of, but since the tweet from Nier's account, shown below, clearly speaks of an "upgrade", it is possible that is a condensation of various improvements. The problem is that it now comes very late, certainly pleasing above all to new buyers of the game or to those who were still waiting to take it, but many of the other PC users will probably have already solved the problems using fixes and mods published in abundance by the amateur scene.

It is also possible that Square Enix has finally convinced itself to take action and publish a patch for NieR Automata also for the recent launch of the game on Xbox Game Pass, in a version that does not completely solve the chronic problems of the game on PC but which is still much better than the original edition, which has also caused a certain discontent among the buyers of the Steam version.

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Nier: Automata is finally getting a fix on Steam

Over four years after release, Square Enix is finally sorting out its shoddy PC port for Nier: Automata. The incredibly vague announcement was made over on Nier's Twitter account, which says that the upgrade patch is 'currently in development.' 

The game has been in a pretty battered state on PC since it released in 2017, with poor ultrawide support, awkward keyboard-and-mouse controls, locked framerate, and issues with stuttering and crashing. 

Outside of a small patch that fixed an initial problem with AMD cards, a major update was never released—though a mod eventually came along that fixed the issues. It's a real shame, because the game is incredible—our favourite action game of 2017—but the lack of an official fix is incredibly disappointing. 

The Steam port came under fire again recently when it appeared that the Xbox Game Pass for PC version had fixed a lot of the problems—though a Digital Foundry video later discovered that the port was still pretty broken. It didn't stop people from review bombing the game on Steam, though, demanding a version that was up to scratch with what Xbox was offering.

At least now there's a light at the end of the long tunnel. There's no estimation for when the patch is releasing, but it's nice to know that Square is finally pulling its finger out and getting the port fixed.