Developer notes on The World Ends With You -Final Remix-


09/10/2018

The highly-stylised and critically-acclaimed Nintendo DS game The World Ends With You heads to the Nintendo Switch system in The World Ends With You -Final Remix- on October 12th. Read on for insights from the game’s creators!

Tetsuya Nomura (Creative Producer and Main Character Designer):

I’ve had a chance to attend various events in different countries during the 11 years following the release of The World Ends With You. On many occasions, I have been interviewed by both the fans and the media, who have told me how much they want me to make a sequel for The World Ends With You. We’ve been looking for an opportunity, and there were a few times we tried to get it started, but time passed without it ever coming to realisation.

There are a number of implications behind this -Final Remix- version. In addition to my intention of making this my last time working with the original game, I think this is the final chance for creating a path to the next step, which I’ve had ideas about since the first launch 11 years ago. Many thanks to everyone for supporting ongoing efforts.

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Tatsuya Kando (Director):

The World Ends With You is making a comeback on Nintendo Switch! In order to keep up with the latest hardware, we have overhauled all aspects of the game. We implemented gameplay with Joy-Con controller support, HD quality graphics and music with improved audio quality. I am proud to say that the game we have now is really deserving of the subtitle “-Final Remix-”. We’d especially like to note the fact that an entirely new story scenario has been added! You can play this after completing the game if you have fulfilled conditions imposed by a certain Reaper who did not appear in the original game. On top of that, we’ve packed in various other new things like new Noise, new music, and new Pins, so we hope you enjoy all these when playing!

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Takeharu Ishimoto (THRILL.inc) (Music Composer):

I have created new music arrangements worthy of this “-Final Remix-” title. Since more than half of the music consists of songs with vocals, I feel like I may have gone a bit overboard this time…but isn’t that what The World Ends With You is all about?

The new track “SHADOW” is big band music with brass elements, a type of music that was surprisingly not present in the original game, and I made it sound very catchy and pop-like. A lot of game music is composed as orchestral pieces, but in the case of The World Ends With You, there is not a single track like that. (laughs) I’ve made several arrangements of The World Ends With You's music for many years, but the versions in this game will be the final ones. Maybe…if I have the opportunity to create new arrangements of the music again, I think that I would like to try doing so with a different approach. Full versions of the 92 tracks are included in The World Ends With You -Final Remix-. I hope you will enjoy them!

Thank you Mr Nomura, Mr Kando and Mr Ishimoto!

Want to know more? Check out our The World Ends With You -Final Remix- gamepage, the Nintendo Switch Facebook page and our Twitter account, and keep your eyes peeled for even more information closer to launch!

The World Ends With You -Final Remix- will be available in shops and as a downloadable version from Nintendo eShop October 12th 2018, only on Nintendo Switch.