NieR: Automata’s Instantly Forgettably Named DLC

3C3C1D119440927 is the name of NieR: Automata‘s first DLC and I challenge you to remember that even until the end of this article (and I expect you not to cheat and write it down!).

If you’ve played NieR: Automata (and I’m going to assume that you have if you’re even thinking about purchasing the DLC for it), you’d be quite right in wondering what, if any, new sort of story content could come from the game’s first DLC release. The answer, possibly unsurprisingly, is almost none at all. Sometimes DLC adds more story, more characters, more interest or mechanics to games. Sometimes it provides entirely new areas, rafts of weapon and armour upgrades and whole new ways to play. But 3C3C1D119440927 really feels as though it’s just there because people expect DLC nowadays.

Having said that, it’s always nice to have another excuse to jump into a beloved game, so what does 3C3C1D119440927 give you for your money? Well, you’re getting three new arenas to fight more machines in, three new costumes (one of which is the already very well documented skimpy nightdress worn by 2B), a music video and a couple of literal ‘Boss’ fights – one with the CEO of Square Enix, Yosuke Matsuda, and the other with Platinum CEO, Kenichi Sato. To be fair, the arenas are each located in a different area and each have their own introductory sections, rules and progressively more difficult enemies to wade through. There are plenty of other unlocks besides the outfits, too, with masks, hair colours and additional equipment.

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The DLC is, unfortunately, locked behind a progress wall so you’ll have to make it so far through the game before you can unlock it (via an in-game email that invites you to locate the arenas in an additional side-mission). Reports vary about when you actually get this email – the game’s 26 possible endings make it difficult to nail down exactly what criteria you must meet before you can start working your way towards 2B’s new revealing outfit – but it’s almost certain that one ending, in particular (and if you’ve got it, you’ll know which one I’m talking about), means that you’re going to have to go all the way back to the beginning of the game and start a fresh save – if you haven’t got a backup already – before you can access the DLC.

Admittedly, it may not seem like the best that downloadable content has to offer, but if you’re already a fan of NieR: Automata, the DLC whose name you’ve probably forgotten already is just another excuse (that you probably don’t need anyway) to get back in there and play through it all again.