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The Nier: Automata novels will be released in English

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Nier: Automata: Long Story Short releases later this year

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Nier: Automata was one of 2017’s best games, and it’s about to return in the form of two short fiction pieces. Nier: Automata: Long Story Short and Nier: Automata: Short Story Long will be released in English over the next year and add new context and story to the adorably odd action game.

Nier: Automata: Long Story Short is a novel set to release in October 2018. A Long Story Short is the novelization of Nier: Automata. However, according to the game’s Wiki, it includes previously unknown details and character thoughts.

In spring 2019, Nier: Automata: Short Story Long will be released. Short Story Long is a collection of short fiction and novellas set in the Nier universe.

Assuming it’s the same as the Japanese release, Short Story Long will include two original stories: “Emil’s Recollection” and “YoRHa Ver. 1.05.” Five previously released stories will appear alongside the two new ones: “The Flame of Prometheus,” “Orbital Bunker Observation Diary,” “Memory Thorn,” “A Much Too Silent Sea” and “Small Flowers.”

Both Long Story Short and Short Story Long were penned by novelist Jun Eishima and Nier creator Yoko Taro and have already been released in Japan. The paperback for Nier: Automata: Long Story Short will cost $14.99 and be published by Viz Media on Oct. 9, 2018.