Fans of The World Ends With You have waited 14 years for a sequel, and their endurance will lastly be rewarded this June with the launch of Neo: The World Ends With You. The recreation takes place three years after the occasions of the unique cult traditional and introduces a brand new protagonist in Rindo, a revamped Reapers’ Game, and reimagines the unique’s 2D fight and exploration into a brand new 3D type. What hasn’t modified is the collection’ trendy artwork path and soundtrack, scored as soon as once more by composer Takeharu Ishimoto. 

We’ve been chomping on the bit to be taught extra about what Neo entails, so we sat down with the dev staff at Square Enix to glean extra data concerning the anticipated follow-up. Here’s 6 issues we realized about Neo: The World Ends With You.

You Command All Team Members Simultaneously

The largest distinction between the Reapers’ Game in Neo in comparison with the unique is that it is team-focused. Multiple squads will battle it out as a way to climb the rankings and turn into the high staff of the Reapers’ Game. Meanwhile, the group that locations final might be erased from existence.

In fight, gamers management their total squad, the Wicked Sisters, concurrently with every character assigned to a selected button. This setup ought to sound acquainted to followers of titles like Valkyrie Profile or Indivisible. Hitting a button causes the assigned character to assault, however gamers can even press a number of buttons on the similar time to unleash mixture assaults. 

Note my repeated use of the phrase “button”. Unlike the unique, which was managed utilizing a touchscreen, Neo: The World Ends With You has no contact controls in any way, even on Switch. You’ll be controlling Rindo and his Wicked Sisters utilizing good quaint buttons and analog sticks.

Most Of The Pins Are Brand New

Neo’s arsenal of pins is basically made up of all-new skills. Expect these powers to be as over-the-top because the earlier batch; one in every of these, Angelic Kick, permits gamers to ship a robust aerial kick that may ship opponents careening into partitions. The different two pins Square has confirmed are Azamaru, a flaming sword slash, and Glacial Getaway, which permits gamers to boost a pillar of ice beneath foes. 

That mentioned, followers can even expect to find reworked variations of pins from the primary recreation. Though they’ll retain their similar basic operate, pins like Entanglement and Flame Blast have been recreated within the 3D type. 

Shibuya Is Closer To Life-Size And Has New Side Quests

The swap to full 3D implies that Shibuya is way greater and nearer to scale to its real-life counterpart. It additionally now consists of the Harajuku district. Even although Neo’s story takes place simply three years after the primary recreation, in actuality, Shibuya has modified much more within the 14 years because the final recreation launched. Thus, the visible design of the town displays these adjustments. 

Neo’s expanded scope additionally permits the event staff to implement options it couldn’t add within the first recreation. These embody aspect missions that contain fixing the issues of Shibuya’s residents. We nonetheless don’t know what entails precisely, however we do know that the sport remains to be mission-based as a complete. You’ll simply have some extra concerned actions to occupy your self in between most important story beats.

You Can’t Control Rindo’s Replay Ability

Rindo and his friends every possess a selected psychic means. Rindo’s energy is Replay, which permits him to show again time and re-do sure actions as a way to, hopefully, create higher outcomes. This energy solely seems throughout scripted moments; it’s not an at-will means. Additionally, Rindo can solely use Replay as soon as per day. Since the Reapers’ Game takes place over the course of per week, gamers ought to anticipate to see this energy on show no less than seven occasions. It’ll be fascinating to see the narrative ramifications, which Square is not divulging simply but. 

There’s No Co-Op

Although the Switch port of The World Ends With You launched a cooperative component, Neo is not going to have any form of multiplayer component in any way

Neku Has A Signficant Presence

The most up-to-date trailer for Neo teased the return of Neku, the protagonist of the earlier recreation. Fans have been speculating about how massive of a job he’ll play within the recreation, and we realized that Neku’s involvement might be bigger than a mere cameo look. Naturally, Square isn’t spilling the beans on what meaning precisely, solely describing his function as “important” and that he seems in a “very ideal way”. That mentioned, don’t anticipate Neku to steal the highlight from Rindo and his teammates. Square reiterates that the Wicked Sisters are very a lot the focus of Neo’s story.

Neo: The World Ends With You launches June 27 for PlayStation four and Switch and involves PC in some unspecified time in the future later this yr. How do you assume the sport is shaping up up to now? Let us know within the feedback!