Last week, Square Enix began teasing a new announcement regarding the 2007 Nintendo DS title The World Ends with You. The project has now been revealed, and though it’s not the sequel many were expecting, it still looks to be an exciting game.
The World Ends with You: Solo Remix is a port of the 2007 RPG to iOS devices, and as such, the story remains the same: antisocial teenager Neku Sakuraba wakes up in an otherworldly version of Shibuya, Tokyo and must complete the Reapers’ Game; if he doesn’t succeed in his tasks within the allotted time, he will be “erased.” While playing, Neku meets several different partners who he must team up with to complete his goals.
While the story is the same as it was years ago, the gameplay is receiving a bit of an overhaul. The original Nintendo DS title took advantages of the system’s dual screens by having Neku fight battles on the touch screen, while his partners would fight on the top screen; Neku was controlled by a stylus, and the partners were controlled with the directional pad. As iOS devices have few physical buttons, the battle system now focuses on the touch screen combat, with both characters being controllable on the same arena. In addition, there are new-card based minigames that change depending on which partner you are currently paired with.
The in-game visuals have been completely redrawn to take advantage of the high-definition Retina Displays first seen in the iPhone 4, and the original soundtrack is making a return with additional songs and remixes. The game also has Twitter integration; selected tweets from your Twitter account will appear as the thoughts of non-playable characters, and profiles can be shared with integrated tweets as well.
For those wanting to relive one of the most original RPG’s to date, The World Ends with You: Solo Remix releases tomorrow, August 27, for all devices that support iOS 5. The iPhone version will cost $17.99, while the iPad version will cost $19.99.