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News ► Introducing the characters, cast, and gameplay of NEO: The World Ends With You



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Square Enix released brand new information about NEO: The World Ends With You which introduces the main cast, story, and some gameplay systems from the game. NEO: The World Ends With You releases worldwide on July 27th on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, and in Summer 2021 on the Epic Games Store.

Story

It was just another seemingly ordinary day in Shibuya, but not for Rindo. He could tell something about the city felt different.

A girl with an ominous aura appears before him, identifying herself as a so-called Reaper. With some trepidation, Rindo decides to play along with this Reapers’ Game, but something is weird...

Battles with monsters called “the Noise”, pins that grant mysterious powers, and a place called Shibuya UG (Underground) to set the stage for the Game— it isn’t long until Rindo starts to have second thoughts on his decision.

Characters


Rindo
VA: Paul Castro Jr.

One of the newest Players in the Reapers’ Game, Rindo is a high schooler to whom searching for info on his phone is second nature. He prefers to go with the flow, and although he doesn’t go out of his way to interact with others, he won’t turn them away if they come to him first.

Thrust into the Game without even realizing it, he now serves as the de facto leader of the Wicked Twisters.


Fret
VA: Griffin Burns

Rindo’s happy-go-lucky classmate and fellow Player in the Reapers’ Game, Fret boasts the ability to get along with just about anyone. While he styles himself as a natural conversationalist, he prefers to keep things light, subconsciously avoiding subjects that are too serious. He enjoys walking around town with his buddy “Rindude.”


Nagi 
VA: Miranda Parkin

Another Player in the Reapers’ Game, Nagi is a college student whose youthful appearance leads others to mistake her for a middle schooler. She is deeply passionate about her pastimes, devoting all of her time and energy to her favorite games. Highly perceptive, she is acutely aware of others’ emotions, and shows disdain toward those she deems superficial and disingenuous.


Minamimoto
VA: Andy Hirsch

A fellow Player in the Reapers’ Game, Minamimoto puts his impressive psychic powers to use when he saves Rindo and the gang from a tight spot early on, then forces himself onto their team.

He calculates every possible future using his own unique formulas and acts in accordance with the values he discovers, but he remains a mystery to all around him. He seems to have his sights set on something greater than Rindo and the gang.


Shiba
VA: Shaun Conde

Shiba currently ranks number one among the Reapers in the Shibuya UG, having worked his way to the top within a year of his arrival. He also serves as the Game’s Master, arbiter of its rules, and encourages its Players to keep things hot.

His psychic powers far surpass those of his fellow Reapers, ensuring that none dare disobey him.

Gameplay

Scanning


Scanning is one of the fundamental psychs available to players. Press the button to begin scanning your surroundings, which will allow you to read people’s thoughts and visualize enemies known as Noise.


Noise will start to chase you if you get too close and coming into contact with one will initiate combat. Quickly touch several Noise symbols to start a chain battle.




Scan your surroundings to see what the people of Shibuya have on their minds. You might stumble upon some important pieces of information, so be sure to scan often!

Team Battles


Each teammate can equip one pin at a time. Press the corresponding button to unleash the psych contained therein. Simple controls keep combat moving!


Switch your team’s psychs by changing your pin loadout. Choose from hundreds of pins that let you attack the Noise, heal your team, or boost your allies’ abilities!


Staff

Series Director: Tatsuya Kando
Director: Hiroyuki Ito
Character Designer: Gen Kobayashi, Miki Yamashita
Composer: Takeharu Ishimoto (THRILL inc.)
Producer: Tomohiko Hirano
Creative Producer & Character Designer: Tetsuya Nomura

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Yozora accidentally found Quadratum, then mentions he does not really look like he does.

Shiki looked like Eri in the Shibuya UG.

I wonder if one of those characters is actually a TWEWY character in disguise.
 

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The description makes it sound like the Reapers game is quite a bit different this time around. I wonder if they're even dead, with Rindo being said to have been talked into playing the reapers game.
 

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The description makes it sound like the Reapers game is quite a bit different this time around. I wonder if they're even dead, with Rindo being said to have been talked into playing the reapers game.
It’s possible they’re leaving out that detail for newcomers, but then again if Rindo and co aren’t dead, then maybe this Reapers Game will have the RG and UG mingle a bit more? It’s possible the Game has changed in more ways than one, what with the new 4-Player team aspect
 
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