NieR: Automata Final Ending Skip Cheat Code Took Almost 4 Years To Find

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Chase Ferrin

NieR: Automata Final Ending Skip Cheat Code Took Almost 4 Years To Find

A NieR: Automata player has found an in-game cheat code allowing players to skip from the first boss all the way to the last ending. The discovery comes nearly four years after the game’s initial release and just over a week after it finally crossed 5 million sales.

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Unlike other action RPGs, NieR: Automata is not a one-and-done experience. Clearing the game for the first time will net players ending A, but there are still several other routes and endings to achieve after that. It is a game that encourages players to replay it numerous times to earn all of the different endings, which is part of the reason why it has such a following today. When the game’s developers announced a few years ago that the game’s “final secret” had yet to be uncovered, many fans understandably began to hunt for what that mysterious discovery could be.

Related: How NieR Automata Redefines Video Game Storytelling

Twitter user Lance McDonald managed to find just that, with the final secret coming in the form of a cheat code that allows players to skip the entire game after the first boss all the way to the final ending, unlocking every bonus mode in the process. McDonald notes that this is not a glitch and instead is an “actual cheat code hard-coded into the [game’s] engine” that he discovered after hundreds of hours of reverse engineering. Yoko Taro, the game’s director, even left a brief and celebratory reply to McDonald’s tweet, commenting that it took 3 years and 10 months for the secret to be discovered at last.

Given that Lance McDonald is the same person that managed to mod Bloodborne to run at 60fps, it is not entirely surprising that he would be the one to uncover NieR: Automata’s final secret. It’s not exactly clear what triggers the cheat code from the short clip he provided, but he mentioned that a video is coming soon, which will likely go into more detail on how he discovered it and how other players can use it.

For a game that has been out for years, it is actually quite amazing that a hardcoded cheat code like this remained secret for so long. That is until one views the clip, at which point it becomes a question of how exactly Lance figured it out. Regardless, it is cool to see developers pack secrets like this into their games, even if this may not be the secret many NieR: Automata fans were looking for. It would be very cool if the soon-to-release NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… continues this trend.

Next: How NieR Automata Redefines Video Game Storytelling

NieR: Automata is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Source: Lance McDonald, Yoko Taro

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