Friday, April 20, 2012

The World...Doesn't...End With You?

Either I've died and gone on to the next realm of existence, or this may just be the happiest piece of gaming news I've heard all year.

According to IGN, it looks as though Squeenix is "heavily hinting" at a follow-up title for The World Ends With You.  This would make total sense, seeing how TWEWY's main cast appear as supporting characters in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.  

Although nothing has been confirmed know how Squeenix operates.  A higher up such as Tetsuya Nomura drops a brief, nondescript hint at a game being either developed or planned, and months later it turns out to be true.  According to Nomura, the producers of KH3D decided last minute to add a voice actor in for TWEWY character Rhyme, "out of consideration of the future of The World Ends With You series." Additionally, Nomura stated that he can't comment on anything else related to TWEWY right now.

I mean, come on.

So I'm thinking, what are they going to call it? It would be pretty lame to simply entitle it 'The World Ends With You 2,' especially considering how unique and creative the original is.  Here are some ideas I think would be possible contenders...

  • The World Doesn't End With You
  • The World Ends With Me/Us/Them
  • Outside The Game (kudos if you get that reference... :)
  • The World Is Not Enough Damn, scratch that one.
  • The World Ends With You: Round II
And for those who never got to experience the original The World Ends With You, please, do yourself a favor and check it out! It came out in 2008 for the NDS, and is quite possibly the most original, creative title not only to come out of Square Enix's production studios, but on the entire DS platform as well.  It follows the story of Japanese, headphone-wearing Neku Sakuraba, as he explores a creepy alternate reality version of Tokyo's Shibuya district.

Cast of TWEWY, being badasses.

The World Ends With You featured the most intuitive and creative battles in nearly any video game, ever.  Each fight is split between both screens.  With one hand, you control Neku on the touch screen, and use the stylus to guide and control him.  On the top, his current teammate's action is displayed, and you manipulate that by pressing whatever directional button is indicated.  It takes a while to grasp, but when you is completely and utterly fantastic.

Should a The World Ends With You sequel be real, you can bet MT Ideas will be following it! 

News: Via IGN.


  1. I am going to have one very excited son on my hands when he hears this. He loved the first game (which sadly, I've yet to play).

  2. Glad to hear it. :) The first one is one of those titles that would be a prime contender for the debate on whether or not video games can be considered art.

    I hope you're able to get to it soon. :)