Fans of The World Ends With You have waited 14 years for a sequel, and their persistence will lastly be rewarded this June with the launch of Neo: The World Ends With You. The game takes place three years after the occasions of the unique cult basic 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 fashion. 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 discovered 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 so as to climb the rankings and turn into the high staff of the Reapers’ Game. Meanwhile, the group that locations final can be erased from existence.
In fight, gamers management their total squad, the Wicked Twisters concurrently with every character assigned to a particular 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 may 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 respect, even on Switch. You’ll be controlling Rindo and his Wicked Twisters utilizing good quaint buttons and analog sticks.
Most Of The Pins Are Brand New
Neo’s arsenal of pins is essentially made up of all-new talents. Expect these powers to be as over-the-top because the earlier batch; one in all 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 lift a pillar of ice beneath foes.
That stated, followers may anticipate finding reworked variations of pins from the primary game. Though they’ll retain their similar basic operate, pins like Entanglement and Flame Blast have been recreated within the 3D fashion.
Shibuya Is Closer To Life-Size And Has New Side Quests
The change to full 3D implies that Shibuya is way larger and nearer to scale to its real-life counterpart. It additionally now contains the Harajuku district. Even although Neo’s story takes place simply three years after the primary game, in actuality, Shibuya has modified much more within the 14 years for the reason that final game launched. Thus, the visible design of town displays these modifications.
Neo’s expanded scope additionally permits the event staff to implement options it couldn’t add within the first game. These embrace 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 game remains to be mission-based as an entire. You’ll simply have some extra concerned actions to occupy your self in between important story beats.
You Can’t Control Rindo’s Replay Ability
Rindo and his friends every possess a particular psychic means. Rindo’s energy is Replay, which permits him to show again time and re-do sure actions so as 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 count on to see this energy on show not 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 kind of multiplayer component in any respect
Neku Has A Signficant Presence
The most recent trailer for Neo teased the return of Neku, the protagonist of the earlier game. Fans have been speculating about how massive of a task he’ll play within the game, and we discovered that Neku’s involvement can be bigger than a mere cameo look. Naturally, Square isn’t spilling the beans on what meaning precisely, solely describing his position as “important” and that he seems in a “very ideal way”. That stated, don’t count on Neku to steal the highlight from Rindo and his teammates. Square reiterates that the Wicked Twisters are very a lot the point of interest 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 suppose the game is shaping up up to now? Let us know within the feedback!