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Tatsuya Kando

Much like the original, NEO: The World Ends with You should have plenty to offer. Director Hiroyuki Ito and series director Tatsuya Kando recently spoke with 4Gamer, revealing how long it’ll take to complete.

The two shared the following:

When a game receives a sequel, there’s a pretty easy way to give it a title. A number is often slapped on at the end, and that’s pretty much it. When it comes to the next The World Ends with You game though, Square Enix went with a different approach.

The World Ends With You, which is getting a sequel after more than a decade, won’t be called The World Ends With You 2. Square Enix instead decided to give it the name NEO: The World Ends With You.

Speaking with Destructoid, original director Tatsuya Kando explained:

The World Ends with You first debuted on DS way back in 2007 (2008 in the west). Since then, Square Enix hasn’t done much with the IP. We’ve seen ports and things like character cameos in Kingdom Hearts, but there hasn’t been a new game – until now.

NEO: The World Ends with You, the next entry in the series, will finally release this summer. Producer Tomohiko Hirano spoke about the long wait for a new entry, telling IGN: