NieR: Automata Ver1.1a, the anime adaptation of PlatinumGames’ action role-playing game, has had its release delayed due to the continuing effects of the covid epidemic. The official Twitter account for the show has stated that the remaining episodes have been delayed indefinitely. Unusually, this news follows the release of the first three episodes of the show on Crunchyroll on January 7.
“Due to the impact of COVID-19 on production, we have chosen to delay the transmission and distribution of episode 4 and all subsequent episodes,” the statement reads, adding that a revised release timetable will be revealed on Twitter shortly. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we apologize for any difficulty and anxiety this may give our fans who have been anticipating our work.
Broadcast postponement due to COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/dGz01S1ywQ
— NieR:Automata – Animation Project (@NieRA_anime_EN) January 21, 2023
In the announcement, the spread of the COVID-19 virus is said to be the reason for the break. There has been an increase in the spread of the virus that has been blamed for delays in making anime. For example, the last episode of the first season of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury couldn’t be streamed on some platforms until later. COVID-19 was also blamed for this. The spread of COVID-19 in Japan has gotten worse in recent months, after getting better in October. In January, the number of cases in the country reached a level not seen since August of last year.
COVID-19 is just one thing that slows down the usually tight schedule for making anime, but delays and postponements are common. If the animation studio A-1 Picture was already falling behind in making NieR: Automata Ver1.1a, delaying the series in this way would give them the most time to get back on track. Fans of NieR will have to wait and see when new episodes of the show will start airing again. This will be announced at a later date.
But Don’t Worry, Till The Release Of Episode 4, You Can Watch Previous Episodes: