Well, it was fast. Nier: AutomataThe secret door — the one that divided the game’s fandom into factions — went from a funny little secret to a viral meme in just three days.
Door if you didn’t follow the most obscure gaming story of the yearrefers to a hidden place in Nier: Automata, a role-playing game first released in 2017. One player known only by his Reddit alias, Sadfutago, stumbled upon a door that contained a fully rendered church. Sounds innocuous enough, but here’s where it gets weird: it’s the only known player to have seen the area. And no one, like Sadfutago included, knows how to enter the room.
The whole saga is wild and still unfoldinghere is the detailed description). Some think it’s cut content or some other legitimate gaming asset. Others think it’s a fake: a hoax, a sophisticated mod, or an ill-advised attempt at viral marketing. Mystery has fans gathering in various Nierthemed subreddits and Discord servers for try to crack the code collectively.
The rest of the internet, meanwhile, is doing what it does best: fuck the memes. This montage summarizes the community reaction quite well:
What if, for example, Super Mario 64 also had its own version of The Door?
People also draw comparisons to the media outside of the gaming world. Namely, actor-comedian Nathan Fielder has returned to the public arena for his new HBO show. Rehearsalin which it builds complex cheat sets. Nier The community made the obvious conclusion:
Others have compared it to scenes from Amazon. boyshighly memorable show:
For some players, this saga revived a dormant love for Nier: Automata– yes, one of the best games of all time, but also a dense role-playing game that can take hours and hours of your life:
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There is also no shortage of stunningly beautiful fan art, such as this drawing from a digital artist. MalfiR:
Despite all the hype Nier: Automata fans have never come close to figuring out what the hell the Door deal is. Just last night, Sadfutago posted a new video. In it, they fight a pixel block boss… and are eventually destroyed. He sent Nier Subreddits and Discord servers are confused as people try to figure out who the enemy is, where he comes from or what he might mean.
“I… can’t understand how that can be true. or how can it be fake,” said one person. wrote on Reddit in response. “Which.”