NEO: The World Ends With You was a great sequel to 2007’s cult classic The World Ends With You, but — by most accounts — didn’t sell particularly well, with Square Enix saying the title fell short of expectations. Given the cult status of both the original and now its long-awaited sequel, it seems foolhardy to expect a third game anytime soon, and producer Tomohiko Hirano has confirmed in an interview with PCInvasion that there aren’t any plans for it — while also hinting that fan support might get something going.
“… there are still many areas in the city of Shibuya that we haven’t been able to recreate in either title, so a part of me wants to realize that in some shape or form,” Hirano says. “Please continue to share your passion and love for the game – perhaps then our company will have us make a sequel.” Series director Tatsuya Kando added that he’ll “continue to take a look at fan feedback to see how they perceived the game, and from there see what the best path forward might be.”
So the possibility of a TWEWY threequel is in pretty much the same state a sequel was before NEO came out — a possibility hinging on fan support and feedback. NEO: TWEWY was a wonderful sequel to a wonderful game, and I sincerely hope Hirano and Kando can convince Square Enix executives to make a third game someday.
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