Fans baffled by Nier: The Secret Church of Automata as Yoko Taro responds

The mystery of the church and the secret door of Nier: Automata continues.

Yesterday we reported how reddit user sadfutago posted a video entering through a previously untraceable door that led to an unseen church area, leaving dataminers scratching their heads. Is this really a new in-game secret, or an elaborate modded hoax?

Even the team behind the game shared the videos on Twitter, including game creator Yoko Taro.

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True, his insight is that he cannot provide insight. He then continued with “I’m not what you expected. Normally I don’t tweet in English. Because I’m so stupid. And I love sausages and beer.” So that’s it.

Producer Yosuke Saito also shared footage declaring an “eternal mystery,” before indicating “it’s something that Yoko Taro could do”.

Of course, this doesn’t confirm that the secret room is real, but its acknowledgment by the development team proves how widespread this rumor has become.

Lance McDonald, meanwhile, seems to have really fallen down the rabbit hole. “I die here,” he said.

The prominent dataminer shared images and screenshots from the video trying to get to the bottom of it all.

A recent tweet from McDonald’s shows a screenshot of sadfutago commenting on reddit with “It’s either cut content or it’s a mod”. Is this a confession by the original poster? Was it for another account? Or – as this tweet suggests – is sadfutago just repeating other comments and not fully understanding what is being said?

So what exactly is going on here? Some fans believe this is all an elaborate hoax by the original poster, though it would require extensive mod work that has yet to be done by the wider community.

Or is it a marketing ploy by Platinum Games to generate interest in the upcoming Switch port? Do Taro and Saito share images just to play or because they know the secrets?

Eurogamer has contacted publisher Square Enix for clarification.

Whatever the outcome, it inevitably leads to memes as the mystery goes viral across the internet.

Martha J. Finley