NieR: Automata Ver1.1a, The release of the anime, based on PlatinumGames’ action RPG, has been interrupted by the ongoing impact of the covid pandemic. From the show official Twitter account announced that the release of the rest of the series has been postponed indefinitely. Unusually, this announcement comes after the first three episodes of the show were already released on Crunchyroll following a Jan. 7 premiere.
“Due to the impact of COVID-19 on production, we have decided to postpone the airing and distribution of Episode 4 and all subsequent episodes,” the statement read, adding that an updated release schedule will be announced on Twitter soon. “We apologize for any inconvenience and concern this may cause to our fans who look forward to our work due to these unforeseen circumstances.”
NieR: Automata Ver1.1a isn’t the first TV show to have its release impacted by the pandemic, but it’s becoming less common with the widespread rollout of covid vaccines. Even then, I can’t think of another show that has been postponed after the first episodes have already been released. The anime is produced by A-1 Pictures, an animation studio headquartered in Japan. It is unclear how many episodes were planned, but one report puts the total series length at 24 episodes.