Episode 4 was previously delayed from January 28 to February 18
The official website for NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a, the television anime of Square Enix and Platinum Games‘ NieR:Automata action role-playing game, announced on Sunday that the anime’s episodes 9 and beyond have been delayed. The anime’s production committee cited the impact of the increase in COVID-19 infections on its production schedule. The anime’s website and Twitter account will announce the broadcast and streaming schedules of episodes 9 and beyond in the near future.
The anime had previously delayed episodes 4 from January 28 to February 18. The anime’s production committee also cited COVID-19 as the reason for that delay.
Square Enix describes the game’s story:
NieR:Automata tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim the machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful machines.
Humanity has been driven from the Earth by mechanical beings from another world. In a final effort to take back the planet, the human resistance sends a force of android soldiers to destroy the invaders. Now, a war between machines and androids rages on… A war that could soon unveil a long-forgotten truth of the world.
The anime’s cast includes:
Ryouji Masuyama (Blend S, Hello WeGo!) is directing the anime at A-1 Pictures, and Masuyama is also in charge of series composition alongside the original game’s Yokō Tarō. Jun Nakai is designing the characters and serving as chief animation director. MONACA is composing the music.
The anime premiered on the Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 channels on January 7 at 24:00 (effectively, January 8 at midnight or January 7 at 10:00 a.m. EST), before running on other television channels. The anime also began streaming on DMM TV and dAnime Store in Japan on January 7, and on other streaming services in Japan starting on January 10. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime.
The NieR:Automata game shipped for the PlayStation 4 in Japan in February 2017, followed by North America and Europe in March 2017. Square Enix also released the game on PC via Steam in March 2017, and on Xbox One in June 2018. The game launched on Nintendo Switch on October 6. The game has a combined shipments and digital download sales number of over 7 million.