The lyrics in the game seem to use German or Latin-based languages, but I can't quite pinpoint what language they are in. What language is the music in NieR: Automata sung in?


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Most of the music is without lyrics. However, some tracks do include lyrics, but not all are in real languages. The ones that include lyrics in actual languages have lyrics sung in your chosen language for dialogue. (The main example I'm thinking of is "Birth of a Wish", which, depending on your language setting, will have the robots chant "This Cannot Continue" or "Kono Mama Ja Dame")

That is, if you chose Japanese audio, the lyrics will be in Japanese, whereas if you chose English, the lyrics will be in English.

The sole exception would be the "Weight of the World Medley" featured in the [E]nd of YoRHa ending, which features the Japanese, French, and English singers of the soundtrack together.

The rest of the music with lyrics, however, appears to be in a made-up language, similar to the dialogue in Gravity Rush. See this thread:

The composer said the language is based on old gaelic and what he believes Japanese could sound like in 1000 years.

So there is likely some root words and rules that are real.

Another thread discussing this can be seen here:

Its an invented language, same with the OST of NieR 1.

Follows the same route as shadow of the colossus. Mix of english, japanese, spanish, french etc.

Take a few languages like French, English, etc, try to imagine how they transform over centuries. Make some lyrics for a song.

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    Just a small note regarding the "Most of the music is without lyrics." comment. In a way, almost every song in the game has vocals. It's just that all the main tracks have 6 different versions: vocals or not, and then quite, medium, or dynamic versions based off of where you are and if you're in combat or not.
    – Tylor
    Mar 24, 2017 at 12:09
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    The lyrics for the song you mention in the first spoiler zone is sung in French, as well. Verified by square-enix.co.jp/music/sem/page/nier/automata, where "<song> - FR Version - Emi Evans" is in the track list. Mar 29, 2017 at 16:09
  • @DirtyBeach oh whoa, I didn't know that, I'll update the answer, thanks! (French wasn't an option in my copy of the game, so I didn't even realize it would be added)
    – Vemonus
    Mar 29, 2017 at 16:11
  • :( was it so hard for them to make a conlang seriously you only need one person to do it
    – somebody
    Jul 22, 2017 at 1:02

Its based on emi evans chaos language which she created for the original Nier 7 years ago, as well as used in Drakengard 3 and obviously this game

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