Square Enix has announced that the newest installment in The World Ends with You series: NEO: The World Ends with You, is set for release on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Summer 2021.
After almost 13 years, the modern Tokyo World of the Reapers’ game will be returning in a brand new title, featuring a cast of both new and familiar characters, with players taking control of newcomer and main protagonist Rindo. Its predecessor, The World Ends with You (or TWEWY), was originally released in 2007 for the Nintendo DS, followed up by an iOS port titled The World Ends with You: Solo Remix released in 2012, and finally The World Ends with You: Final Remix subsequently released in 2018 for the Nintendo Switch. An anime television series adaptation for the original game was announced to launch in April 2021 as well.
Square Enix announced the upcoming game on their Twitter this morning.
NEO: The World Ends with You moves away from the original TWEWY’s 2D presentation and inserts players into a 3D experience of Japan’s Shibuya. Aside from Rindo, the new cast of characters includes Rindo’s friend and schoolmate Fret, college student Nagi, and someone who should be a familiar face to all original TWEWY players: Minamimoto (A.K.A Math Man), an important Reaper in the previous title. It is currently unknown if NEO: The World Ends with You is a sequel or prequel to the original 2007 game. It can also be speculated that the game may take place in an alternate universe as the original title contained some story elements of parallel worlds.
There were other interesting takeaways from the announcement trailer. Other than the return of Minamimoto, the trailer included a brief scene with one of the other Reapers from the original TWEWY game: Koki Kariya. In addition to this, a mysterious character who made an appearance in the secret ending of TWEWY: Solo Remix and the “A New Day” bonus content in TWEWY: Final Remix has also been presented in the new game’s trailer.
It is currently unknown what role the character, apparently known as Tsugumi Matsunae, will play in this upcoming new release.
NEO: The World Ends with You is currently set to release in the Summer of 2021 for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.