Yoko Taro Passes Respect; Says Stellar Blade Is “Much Better” Than Nier: Automata

Hyung Tae Kim and Yoko Taro both deeply respect each other.

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  • Nier: Automata director Yoko Taro has claimed that Stellar Blade is “much better” than it.
  • Hyung Tae Kim also said that the upcoming RPG is deeply inspired by Nier: Automata.
  • Both devs admire each other and the impact both titles have had on their careers.

During an interview with IGN, Nier: Automata director Yoko Taro expressed his love for Stellar Blade. He has claimed that the action-adventure title is “much better” than his work. When questioned, Yoko said the title’s next-gen visuals bundled with nicely designed characters appealed to him. The dev thinks the art style aligns well with the tastes of the Japanese players. And Yoko frankly accepts that he is jealous of Shift Up’s new game.

Stellar Blade is a really amazing game. I’d say that it’s much better than NieR:Automata. I have been acquainted with Mr. Kim’s works since Magna Carta: Tears of Blood. Your illustrations are of a very high quality,” said Nier: Automata’s director.

Stellar Blade’s director, Hyung Tae Kim, was also present and showered Yoko’s work with a lot of praise. While showing humility, he clarified that much of the game has been inspired by elements found in Nier: Automata. The game’s post-apocalyptic setting featuring exceptional storytelling and memorable characters are just a few elements Hyung found enjoyable in the critically acclaimed experience. 

I have been inspired by NieR: Automata in so many ways that it’s hard to point out one specific thing. The game has so many fascinating elements,” said Kim Hyung Tae.

Stellar Blade’s Demo Is A Critical Success

Much of the gaming industry has also enjoyed Stellar Blade even before its release. The game’s demo was quite well received, garnering a lot of nods from excited players. Hyung also confirmed that the demo was his idea, not Sony’s, which the fans found quite interesting. 

Stellar Blade pits you against a variety of unique enemies | Image Source: PlayStation
Stellar Blade pits you against a variety of unique enemies | Image Source: PlayStation

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Stellar Blade launches exclusively for the PS5 on April 26, 2024. You’d be able to choose between three performance modes: Performance, Resolution, and Balanced.

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