NieR: Automata producer, Yosuke Saito, has said that he’s considering releasing a demo for the game prior to its release. In an interview with Famitsu (translation via Gematsu), he said that he wants players to get their hands on the game for a good 30-40 minutes to get a taste of what it has to offer.
I’m thinking about whether something like a demo, for example, would be good to give users a chance to get their hands on the game. Rather than have users experience it within a short 10 or 20 minutes, I want users to properly experience NieR: Automata with a demo of a 30-to-40 minute, sit-down-and-play kind of volume.
Elsewhere in the interview, Saito was asked about his plans for the Tokyo Game Show in September, to which he said that although the development team has been focused on “showing action,” they want to show off a trailer that “gives off an RPG-like impression.”
NieR: Automata is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 4 and PC in 2017.