Nier Automata Secret Church depicting 2b in the video game entering a secret area.

Nier: Automata Secret Church

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Nier Automata Secret Church was a 2022 hoax that targeted the community of the 2017 video game Nier: Automata. The hoax started with Redditor sadfutago discovering what appeared to be a secret, previously never accessed, church area in the location Copied City, with sadfutago proceeding to provide increasingly more footage of the area in the following days. The alleged discovery became a subject of viral discussions and memes within the game's community as players theorized about its true nature and ways the area could be accessed. On July 29th, 2022, three modders admitted to their own hoax during a live stream.


On June 15th, 2022, Redditor sadfutago posted two screen photographs of what appeared to be a never discovered secret area, a church, found in the location Copied City in the 2017 video game NieR: Automata. In the post, sadfutago wrote that he can open doors leading to the area but his friend cannot, and asked how to open them. The post gained over 400 upvotes in the /r/nier[1] subreddit in one month (shown below),

+ 4 Posted by u/sadfutago 1 month ago 401 hello, does anyone know how to open up the dors to get to this area in the copied city? i can open the hallway doors fine but my friend who's at the same part of the game as me can't open it I asked some people about this and they said my friend hasn't done an objective yet. Do you know which one? NieR Automata 2/2

On June 18th, 2022, sadfutago uploaded footage of opening the door leading to the location in a post that gained over 660 upvotes on /r/nier[2] in one month.

On July 25th, 2022, sadfutago posted[3] a screen recording of the route to the secret area, with the post gaining over 4,900 upvotes on the subreddit in two days. Later that day, sadfutago uploaded a longer three-minute video exploring the area (shown below). The post gained over 11,900 upvotes in the /r/nier[4] subreddit.


On July 26th, members of the NieR modding Discord compiled a ,multi-page document that pointed out inconsistences in sadfutago's story.[13]

On Reddit, user sadfutago continued to post more footage of the supposed discovery. On July 27th, sadfutago posted[16] a clip in which he reached the church area and engaged in a fight against a boss NPC (shown below).

On July 28th, sadfutago reported beating the boss.[17] Later that day, sadfutago wrote that he thought his game had a glitch since after beating the boss and interacting with another NPC the game was sending him to the start of the level.[18]

Later on July 28th, sadfutago made a series of posts with screenshots from another area, with the post titles, when combined, revealing the name of a Twitch channel (shown below, left).[19] On the Twitch channel, modders Woeful_Wolf, DevolasRevenge and RaiderB, revealed that the entire thing was a hoax. The hoax was born of DevolasRevenge and Woeful_Wolf's idea to troll the NieR modding server before unveiling collision modding and new Blender Addons and scripting tools that allowed to create the custom area.

2.2k 7.2k 3.5k 3.2k 3.5k 4.9k ||||| > Ending r/nier Join Posted by u/sadfutago 9 hours ago 44 37 830 Comments + Award 1.5k Comments + Award zinnia Help r/nier Join. Posted by u/sadfutago 12 hours ago 25 11 39 4 Help r/nier Join Posted by u/sadfutago 12 hours ago 458 Comments + Award Share 387 Comments + Award 251 Comments + Award Share 3 Help r/nier Join Posted by u/sadfutago 12 hours ago 2 563 Comments + Award 22 Share Share e Help r/nier Join Posted by u/sadfutago 13 hours ago 22 ….. Share z Help r/nier Join. Posted by u/sadfutago 13 hours ago 22 3 Share ... ... THANK YOU Everything we have shared has been completely in-game, no editing was used. We have been loving all the discussions and theories - it has been an amazing journey. It has been inspiring to see the community come together after so many years, it has made all the hard work well worth it. We hope everyone had a good time, we certainly did. Blender tools developed by Woeful_Wolf Map designed by Devolas Revenge "It has been quite a few years now. When I started this I never thought we would ever get this far; I simply wanted to fix the lunar tear model! Thank you everyone, everything has been so motivational. Thank you DevolasRevenge for being such an great friend. Thank you RaiderB for joining the team, you took things to 11." @Woeful_Wolf__ "Thanks everyone for sticking along for the ride, whether you expected this outcome or not, I hope you enjoyed the impact. It was never meant to blow up this big, but just to confuse a few people on Twitter lol. This would be absolutely impossible in any form without Woeful and RaiderB." @Devolas Revenge Scripting tools developed by RaiderB It's been an honour working on this and to be part of this crew. I've had lots of fun and am excited to see where this goes in the future. Btw, check out: Glory to Moddingkind! Over the following days we'll be releasing the new Blender addons and scripting tools. Completely open source. We have so much more in store for you. Devolas Revenge will release the mod files if you'd like to finally enter the church yourself. Keep an eye out for more... (Especially RaiderB's upcoming mod which is already prepared). Devolas Revenge 01/11/2022 should we troll the server before you unveil collision modding Woeful_Wolf 01/11/2022 haha like what NEW SECRET DISCOVERED!!111 DevolasRevenge 01/11/2022 like add a secret room like a church in the copied city an all-white church (edited) Woeful_Wolf 01/11/2022 Do you have a church model? DevolasRevenge 01/11/2022 we could grab a basic one and then just slap the white shader on it then paste some default cubes you can place chair props right? Woeful_Wolf 01/11/2022

Online Reactions

The discovery became a subject of viral discussions in the /r/nier subreddit and NieR and Drakengard Discord servers in mid-2022. In many posts and comments, users assumed that the discovery may be an elaborate hoax by sadfutago,[5][6] or an alternate reality game viral marketing campaign.[7][8]

On July 25th, 2022, Twitter[9] user @manfightdragon made a thread about the discovery, reposting the video. The post gained over 3.1 million views, 25,000 retweets and 130,900 likes in two days (shown below).

Later that day on July 25th, Twitter[9] user @DrakeNierTweets made an Out of the Loop thread about the discovery, with the first tweet gaining over 4,000 retweets and 20,400 likes in two days.

The discovery became the subject of memes within the NieR fandom, with multiple memes referencing it going viral in the subreddit and on Twitter. For example, on July 25th, 2022, Redditor[10] UnknownChaser posted a Pepe Silvia meme that gained over 2,300 upvotes in two days (shown below, left). On July 26th, 2022, Twitter[11] user @DrakeNierTweets posted a Today's Teens meme that received over 5,200 retweets and 30,000 likes in one day (shown below, right).

TRIGGER?!? WHAT IS HE HIDING? MODS V7.0 NO CLIP THROUGH WALL MAP EDITING FX today's the secret nier CHURCH automata church teens 河

Also on July 26th, 2022, NieR: Automata director Yoko Taro commented on the discovery, but didn't provide any insight.[14][15]

The discovery and viral debates surrounding it were reported on by Kotaku[12] and other gaming websites in July 2022.

Following the hoax being unveiled, users on Reddit and Twitter posted memes about the event, with many expressing appreciation for the modders who pulled the hoax (examples shown below).[20][21]

r/Nier users who went to bed late waking up to the news: Ng Atv HOPE was p WHAT THE F--- DO YOU MEAN IT WAS MOD?!?! Anta No they trolled us, CRINGE made with mematic 392 They put a lot of work into and managed to troll us Good work

Various Examples


BE Goddamn no-good b------- bastard! Open the f--- up already! נייןPSYST ס - - 0 0סJ> CAN'T FIND THE DOOR TO THE SECRET CHURCH HAMM BETTER DRINK MY OWN PISS

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If this truly is a hoax, it will be the new upper bar for videogame hoaxes to surpass even the most elaborate of Smash Bros. hoaxes. This would need to be pretty much its own software to be able to pull it off, literally the "personalized copy" meme made into a reality.


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