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This Nier: Automata skin for Fall Guys is making me extremely uncomfortable

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The frontrunner for this year's "They were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should" moment appeared in a short trailer during Summer Game Fest today. Fall Guys is getting a new skin fashioned after Nier: Automata protagonist 2B, who wears a lacey maid outfit I can't say I ever expected, or wanted, to see on a Fall Guys bean.

Nier: Automata's sexualized character designs—which have inspired years of essays and critique about how they fit into creator Yoko Taro's games—do not seem like the most natural skins for Fall Guys' goofy multiplayer and freakish skeletons (opens in new tab). But this is now a thing that exists in the world, and we have to live with that. I've seen it, and I'm forcing you to see it too. I am sorry.

The 2B skin for Fall Guys is out on June 18th.

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Wes has been covering games and hardware for more than 10 years, first at tech sites like The Wirecutter (opens in new tab) and Tested (opens in new tab) before joining the PC Gamer team in 2014. Wes plays a little bit of everything, but he'll always jump at the chance to cover emulation and Japanese games.


When he's not obsessively optimizing and re-optimizing a tangle of conveyor belts in Satisfactory (it's really becoming a problem), he's probably playing a 20-year-old Final Fantasy or some opaque ASCII roguelike. With a focus on writing and editing features, he seeks out personal stories and in-depth histories from the corners of PC gaming and its niche communities. 50% pizza by volume (deep dish, to be specific).