The internet can’t stop joking about Nier Automata’s secret door

The internet can’t stop joking about Nier Automata’s secret door

A2 stares off into the distance in Nier: Automata.

Screenshot: Square Enix

Well, that was quick. Nine: Automataits secret door—the same one that has split the game’s fandom into factions—went from a fun little secret to a viral meme in three days.

The Door, in case you haven’t been following the most confusing gaming story of the yearrefers to a hidden location i Nine: Automata, an action RPG first released in 2017. A player, known only by the Reddit handle, Sadfutago, stumbled upon a door, behind which is a fully rendered church. It sounds harmless enough, but here’s where it gets weird: They’re the only known player to have seen this area. And no one, apparently including Sadfutago, knows how to get into the room.

The whole saga is wild, and is still unfolding (here is a thorough overview). Some believe it is cut content or some other type of legitimate game content. Others think it’s fake: a hoax, a sophisticated modification or an ill-advised attempt at viral marketing. The mystery has fans who gather in different Nine-themed subreddits and Discord servers to try to crack the code together.

The rest of the internet, meanwhile, is doing what it does best: Meme the heck out of it. This montage sums up the community reaction pretty well:

What if for example Super Mario 64 also had their own version of The Door?

People also draw comparisons to media outside of the gaming world. FYI: Actor-comedian Nathan Fielder is back in the public arena because of his new HBO show, The exercise, in which he constructs elaborate sets for the purpose of deception. The Nine society has drawn an obvious consequence:

Others have compared it to scenes from the Amazons The boysan eminently memorable show:

For some players, the saga has rekindled a dormant love for Nine: Automata— one of the best games of all time, yes, but also a dense action RPG that can consume hours and hours of your life:

Obligatory Hozier references abound:

Followed by mandatory Doctor Who references:

There’s also no shortage of eye-poppingly gorgeous fan art, like this piece from digital artist MalphieR:

Despite all the buzz, Nine: Automata fans are no closer to figuring out what the hell The Doors’ deal is. Just last night, Sadfutago has posted a new video. In it, they fight a boss made up of pixelated blocks…and are summarily wiped out. It has sent Nine subreddits and Discord servers into a tizzy, as people try to figure out who the enemy is, where it’s from, or what it might mean.

“I can’t fathom how this can be real or how this could possibly be fake,” one person wrote on Reddit in response. “What.”

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