Nier: Automata is finally getting a fix on Steam

2B, a playable character from Nier: Automata
(Image credit: Square Enix)

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. 

Mollie Taylor
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Mollie spent her early childhood deeply invested in games like Killer Instinct, Toontown and Audition Online, which continue to form the pillars of her personality today. She joined PC Gamer in 2020 as a news writer and now lends her expertise to write a wealth of features, guides and reviews with a dash of chaos. She can often be found causing mischief in Final Fantasy 14, using those experiences to write neat things about her favourite MMO. When she's not staring at her bunny girl she can be found sweating out rhythm games, pretending to be good at fighting games or spending far too much money at her local arcade.