Square Enix’s newest trailer for NieR: Automata shows off one of the game’s boss battles and gives a better look at the game’s fast and furious combat style.

Square Enix has showcased some of their most popular titles at this year’s E3. Gameplay trailers for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Final Fantasy 15 got fans buzzing about these newest additions to the respective franchises, especially with the latter game’s VR announcement. What may be less familiar to mainstream fans is another Square Enix game, NieR: Automata, which released a new gameplay trailer this week, showing off one of the game’s boss battle.

NieR: Automata is the sequel to NieR and is being developed by Platinum Games, the studio behind Bayonetta 2. The action combat series, which is actually a spinoff from the Drakengard series of games, takes place in an apocalyptic future where the last remnants of humanity fight against machines built by alien invaders.

Though players will control a number of characters through the game, the main playable character is reportedly named 2B, an all-purpose battle android who’s been tasked to retake earth from their enemies which are known as “machine lifeforms.” Nier: Automata’s previous trailer was more story focused, showing off a world of ruined futuristic cities and vast barren deserts while only giving brief snippets of the fast and furious combat that Platinum Games is know for.

The newest trailer shows the game’s protagonists entering a theater and facing off against a gigantic robot boss whose design appears to be a twisted, robotic version of an opera singer. Platinum Games’ trademark action-RPG combat is certainly present in the trailer, with players dodging alternating pattern attacks while waiting for the right moment to move in and deal some serious damage.

The trailer also hints at certain abilities that will be made available to the player; while the player’s main attack appears to be melee, each protagonist seems to have a robot buddy, called a “Pod” in the game, that floats beside them and sprays machine gun bullets for a ranged attack.  There also appears to be a dash ability that allows players to quickly dodge and change direction in midair or on the ground.

While the trailer’s white knuckle, fast paced combat may get PS4 owners excited, their enthusiasm will be dampened by Square Enix’s recent announcement that NieR: Automata’s release has been delayed to early 2017. While no reason for the delay has been given, Square Enix will hopefully announce a definite release date soon.

Does NieR:Automata look like it could be Square Enix’s next big franchise?

NieR: Automata is due to be released for PS4 in early 2017.

Source: Square Enix NA – YouTube (via VG 24/7)