The official Twitter account for the NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a anime has announced that Episodes Nine and beyond have been delayed due to the impacts on the production schedule with the spread of COVID-19 infections. As of this writing, no return date has been announced.
The anime previously went on a hiatus after Episode Three due to the impact of the increase in COVID-19 infections on its production schedule. The series returned from hiatus on February 18, 2023 with Episode Four.
NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a is described as:
The distant future, 5012.
The sudden aerial invasion of Earth by Aliens and their creations Machine Lifeforms led mankind to the brink of extinction.
The surviving number of humans who took refuge on the moon to organize a counterattack using android soldiers to recapture Earth.
However, the war reaches a stalemate as the Machine Lifeforms continue to multiply infinitely.
In turn, humanity deploys a new unit of android soldiers as an ultimate weapon: YoRHa.
Newly dispatched to Earth 2B joins 9S, the analyst currently stationed there, where amid their mission, they encounter a myriad of mysterious phenomena.
This is the story of these lifeless androids and their endless fight for the sake of mankind.