Well, that was fast. Nier: Automata‘s secret door — the one that divided the game’s fans — went from a fun little secret to a viral meme in three days.
In case you haven’t followed The most confusing game story of the yearto a hidden place in Nier: AutomataAn action-RPG game first released in 2017. One player, known only by his Reddit handle Sadfutago, stumbled upon a door with a fully rendered church behind it. Sounds harmless enough, but here’s where it gets weird: they’re the only known player to have seen the area. And no one, apparently including Sadfutago, knows how to get into the room.
The whole saga is wild and still unfolding (Here is a full summary). Some think this is content or some other type of legal game property. Others believe it’s fake: a hoax, a sophisticated fad, or a botched attempt at viral marketing. Mysteries have fans who gather in different places NirTheme subreddits and Discord servers to Try and collectively crack the code.
Meanwhile, the rest of the internet is doing what it does best: doing it. This montage sums up the community’s reaction well:
If for example Super Mario 64 It also had its own version of The Door?
People are also making comparisons with media outside of the gaming world. To wit: Actor and comedian Nathan Fielder is back in the spotlight for his new HBO show. Practice, in which he constructs elaborate sets for cunning purposes. particle for direct object Nir Society has come to an obvious conclusion:
Others have likened it to scenes from the Amazon boysa very memorable show:
For some players, the saga has rekindled a dormant romance Nier: Automata– One of the best games of all time, yes, but also a dense action-RPG that can take hours and hours of your life:
Hozier’s obligatory references abound:
Looking for the obligatory Doctor Who Sources:
There’s also no shortage of incredibly beautiful fan art, like this piece from Digital Artist MalphieR:
Despite all the hype, Nier: Automata Fans are no closer to understanding what The Door’s deal is. Just last night, Sadfutago Posted a new video. In it, they fight a boss made up of pixelated blocks and briefly disappear. has sent Nir Discord subreddits and servers are abuzz as people try to figure out who the enemy is, where it’s from, or what it might mean.
I…I can’t understand how this could be real Or How can this be fake,” one person Wrote on Reddit in response. “What.”