There is an Auto-Mode feature in the upcoming NieR: Automata which lets players sit back and let the AI complete battles for them.
The game will give players the freedom to switch between Auto-Mode and normal mode any time during the game, but it is restricted to Easy Difficulty which makes sense.
NieR: Automata Auto-Mode Battles
When turned on, the Auto-Mode will allow AI to attack and defend on its own without needing any external assistance. Players, however, must upgrade their weapons/gadgets constantly to aid the AI in some way.
In addition to this, players will also have the freedom to designate a handful of commands and take control of the rest of the things. For instance, you can set dodging to AI and perform all the attacks yourself. This is a neat little feature which will definitely help casual players out there, but those who want to experience the game like the developers intended, this is not something for you.
In relevant NieR: Automata news, Square Enix announced an upcoming demo for the game during Tokyo Game Show 2016. Expected to be about 30-40 minutes long, you can expect the demo to release sometime by the end of this year. To find out more, head over to the post!
Developed by Platinum Games, NieR: Automata is scheduled to release on Feb. 23, 2017 for Playstation 4 in Japan. There is nothing concrete available regarding the European and North American release dates, but the developer is targeting Early 2017 for both Playstation 4 and PC.
If you are rooting for the game on Xbox One, you are out of luck! The studio has already confirmed that the game remains a Playstation 4 console exclusive.