When Nier: Automata arrived on PS4 and PC in February 2017, it made its presence known with a unique, eclectic soundtrack. Fourteen months later, the game has racked up a plethora of awards nominations and wins, including Excellence in Musical Score as part of the SXSW Gaming Awards and Best Score/Soundtrack from The Game Awards. It’s really, really good music is what I’m saying.

So what makes it stand apart? Where does the inspiration for such a score come from? The game’s composer, Keiichi Okabe, spoke with me (via translator) at PAX East 2018 to explain:

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