With the impending release of The World Ends with You: Final Mix, the game’s creator Testuya Nomura has teased that he is not finished with the sleeper hit.
Final Mix, which is set to launch on Nintendo Switch on October 12, adds a few new scenarios to the original game, as well as offering significant modern polish. After showing the port off at The Tokyo Games Show, Nomura stated that he saw the remaster as a “new beginning” as opposed to an end:
“This release, 11 years later, is entirely thanks to the dedicated fans of The World Ends With You. Rather than call this a ‘remaster’, I like to think of this version of the game as a ‘new beginning!’ I will be working hard on future development that will make you glad that you supported this game so passionately for so long.
Alongside this revelatory statement, Nomura also commented on how the Switch version is different than its predecessors, including a brand-new epilogue sequence called ‘A New Day’:
“We talked a lot about this kind of story scenario way back when we originally developed the game 11 years ago. “What would happen next?,” we thought. Once we decided to develop this new version of the game, we knew it was our opportunity to make those original plans come to life, but we didn’t want the addition just to be a little stinger at the end of game. Rather, we wanted to create a full, playable story scenario that really stands on its own and connects to, or hints at, the original story. And as for the placement, it definitely takes place after the ending and is a continuation of the story.”
The World Ends with You originally released on the Nintendo DS in 2007 to fantastic critical reception, with a dual-screen combat system that is yet to be replicated. Since then, the title has gone on to be ported to mobile.