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NEO: The World Ends With You, the sequel to The World Ends with You, is a Urban Fantasy Action RPG developed and published by Square Enix.

Shibuya citizen Rindo Kanade enjoys a rather normal day while meeting up with his friend Tosai "Fret" Furesawa. However, the day suddenly takes a turn when they witness people battling monsters in broad daylight, only to be further confused when Game Master Shiba announces the beginning of a new Reaper's Game. Rindo and Fret find themselves "accidentally" becoming participants and, together with their group, compete against other groups of players in order to have a second chance at life again by becoming the top team at the end of the week, unless they happen to come dead last and face erasure.

A playable demo was released on June 25, 2021 and the full game was released on July 27, 2021 for the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and later in the Summer for PC via Epic Games Store.

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Trailers: Announcement Trailer, Release Date Announcement Trailer, Official Opening Cinematic Trailer, Final Gameplay Trailer

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  • All or Nothing: The release date trailer has the contestants drop the fact that only the winners of the game get to escape. It becomes doubly important during the final week as Rindo's last attempt to travel back in time means he will either save all his friends and Shibuya or lose everything.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: In the demo, you are now manually prompted whenever a Pin reaches a PP threshold for Evolution if you want to allow a Pin to Evolve. In the original game, Pin Evolution was automatic, meaning if you wanted to keep a Pin at max level without evolving it you'd need to gain other types of PP that don't trigger Evolution.
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  • Big Damn Heroes: Rindo and Fret are introduced to Minamimoto after he wipes out the horde of Noise that Fret carelessly scanned. They are also introduced to Beat in a similar manner, only this time it's after fighting the Ruinbringers.
  • Call-Back: The teaser site that lead up to the game's announcement reused the same countdown that was used to announce the original game's Solo Remix port.
  • Cassandra Truth: Despite being told multiple times how they're dead, Rindo and Fret take their sweet time trying to come to terms to that and blindly play the Reapers Game until it all sinks in. That is, until it's proven that they actually never died in the first place.
  • Cel Shading: The reveal trailer shows that the game is in full 3D with cel-shaded graphics.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless: Rindo and Fret find that their phones cannot communicate reliably with the people they know during the Reapers' Game. They're as dead as Neku was in the original TWEWY. Or so it seems...
  • Combination Attack: In lieu of the Light Puck or Cross Combo, the NEO demo introduces a replacement called Drop the Beat. By hitting enemies with certain attacks, such as the combo finishers on mash-type Psychs and fully-charged charge-type Psychs, a marker with a gauge will appear on the enemy. Following up one character's attack with another's while the marker is on-screen activates Drop the Beat, filling the Groove meter at the top of the screen. When Groove is 100% or more, the character currently controlled by the player can activate their Limit Break and deal massive amounts of damage.
  • Company Cross References: One of the FanGO monsters is a nutkin, and Swallow mentions that Rindo is looking for a pupu. Rindo also has moogle, cactuar and tonberry stickers in his chat app.
  • Continuity Nod: The item description of the "Legendary Shorts" (which are Neku's shorts) notes that "one of the buttons appears to have been reattached by hand", acknowledging a bit in the first game where Shiki had a Freak Out about the button being loose and insisted on sewing it back on then and there.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: It's touched upon in the previous game but enforced more consistently here that the Reapers really are just normal people trying to do a job. Unlike the previous game where many of the named Reapers were schemers out to either gain more power for themselves or reshape Shibuya against the people's will, the Reapers in this game actually are rather cordial when encountered off-the-clock, with the only two notable exceptions being Shiba and Kubo (the former who was corrupted by the latter, who was in reality a rogue Angel). The other Reapers in fact, in their own different ways, are actually trying to stop Shiba from erasing Shibuya.
  • Dead to Begin With: Unlike the original TWEWY where it was a big deal, Fret and Rindo are casually informed by Shoka on Day 2 that this trope applies to them. Problem is, they don't believe it - and, as it turns out, this is ultimately proven to not actually be the case.
  • Foreshadowing: Fret seems to use his remind psych when talking to Rindo at the Shibuya crosswalk when they first see Reaper's Game participants using psychs.
  • Game Changer: Both figuratively and literally; the introduction of the Shinjuku Reapers has brought with it a substantial change to the rules of the Reaper's Game since the events of The World Ends with You. While the basic format still remains (The Game is one week, clear missions set by the Game Master, don't get erased), the Game is now far more complex. Rather than seeking a single partner, Players form "teams" with one or more other Players. Teams compete for points on a leaderboard by clearing missions and fighting other teams, and only the winning team reaps the rewards of the Game, while the team at the bottom of the pack at the end of the week gets erased. Furthermore, just clearing the mission isn't enough to earn credit, as the points only go to the Player who acquires the keypin awarded by the mission.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: In the intro section, there are no barriers holding Rindo back from going anywhere else in Shibuya, but he holds himself back from wandering away from going anywhere else other than the places with Fret. Once they go back to the Scramble Crossing, they mysteriously are pulled into the Reaper's Game, and now the barriers appear.
  • The Ghost: Hanekoma has disappeared from Shibuya as he's forbidden from intervening in events like he did in the last game. However, the Secret Reports the player can collect are written from his perspective as he comments on Rindo's growth.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Both Rindo and Fred can't remember how they died, despite being very much alive before they wandered back to the Scramble Crossing and saw players fighting Noise. It's because of this that they are in denial that they died in the first place and blindly participate in the Reaper's Game, thinking it's some very flashy contest. Subverted, however, as they weren't dead to begin with.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • In the original TWEWY, the fact that the participants of the Reapers' Game were people that had died was a twist to the story. For NEO, the announcement trailer has the characters casually mention that they're all dead.
    • The trailer shows off Minamimoto as a playable character, despite the fact that he was seemingly killed off in the original game and only revived in the A New Day portion of the Final Remix Updated Re-release.
    • Tsugumi Matsunae, who was originally a "secret" character who appeared in a piece of key art shown after the ending in Solo Remix and had a brief cutscene appearance in Final Remix's "A New Day", appears in full in NEO's announcement trailer, and properly named to boot.
  • Meaningful Name: "NEO" means new, representing that it is indeed The New The World Ends With You. But it also represents how everything about the game is an almost complete overhaul from the original, from both new main and supporting casts, to a new graphics and gameplay style. Several songs from the first game have been altered in some way, all of which are distinguished as a "NEO Mix". Even returning character Minamimoto is now in a new role instead of his old one.
  • Musical Nod: The theme song used in the announcement trailer segues into the instrumentals and vocals of "Twister -Solo Remix-", the theme song of the original The World Ends With You.
  • Painting the Medium: At the start of the demo, Rindo can hear dialogue from random faceless NPCs as he passes by them on the street. One of the first clues that something's amiss is that after Rindo and Fret grab lunch, all of the NPC speech bubbles become thought bubbles, representing the Mind Reading effects of the Player Pins kicking in.
  • Promoted to Playable: The announcement trailer shows that Sho Minamimoto, who was the boss of the second week in the first game, is alive and a playable character in NEO.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: The demo prominently features new rearrangements and remixes of songs from the original game, on top of brand-new songs.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: The Final Gameplay trailer opens up with a red sky over a destroyed Shibuya.
  • The Reveal: The mysterious girl who first appeared in Solo Remix is revealed to be named Tsugumi Matsunae.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Rindo's time reset ability is first put in use to save Fret from being crushed by a falling truck. Unfortunately, it gets deconstructed later on as that ability is revealed to power up the noise strong enough to destroy Shibuya every time Rindo uses it, meaning he is unwittingly making sure the bad future of Shibuya's erasure will occur.
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  • Stylistic Suck: Whenever Fret uses his "Remind" psych, it's accompanied by a childish doodle of whatever he's trying to remind his target about.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: With a couple of exceptions, the clothing brands from the first game have been phased out in favour of new ones, but many of these new brands bear a striking resemblance to their predecessors. For instance, Cony x Cony have an Elegant Gothic Lolita aesthetic with a rabbit theme much like Lapin Angelique before them.
  • Time Rewind Mechanic: The release date trailer reveals that it's possible to restart the day from the beginning to change the future, which is demonstrated with Rindo doing this to help Nagi acquire a pin she failed to get the first time around.
  • Video Game 3D Leap: Zigzagged. As opposed to the 2D sprite-based first game, the announcement trailer shows that NEO has full 3D environments and gameplay. That said, the game does make use of Cel Shading in order to give the 3D graphics the same kind of look as the 2D art. The game also still makes use of 2D art for cutscenes and character interactions.

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