NEO: The World Ends With You failed to fulfill gross sales expectations, in keeping with Sq. Enix’s newest monetary briefing, The sequel to the breakout 2007 Nintendo DS recreation, The World Ends with You, it contributed to Sq. Enix’s total decrease recreation gross sales this 12 months than in the identical interval final 12 months.
“Whereas NEO: The World Ends With You was properly acquired by customers, it has underperformed our preliminary expectations,” Sq. Enix President Yosuke Matsuda stated.
Regardless of releasing a number of new titles this 12 months, together with Outriders, Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139, NEO: The World Ends with You, and Life is Unusual: True Colours, Sq. Enix Chief Accounting Officer Atsushi Matsuda stated the general web gross sales of Sq. Enix’s HD video games subsegment had been weaker year-over-year. Final 12 months, Sq. Enix launched main video games like Ultimate Fantasy 7 Remake and Marvel’s Avengers.
On the brilliant facet, recurring subscription income from Ultimate Fantasy XIV stays sturdy as its participant base grows. Its newest enlargement, Endwalker, launches on December 7. In the meantime, Sq. Enix plans to launch Life is Unusual: True Colours for Nintendo Swap digitally on December 7 and bodily on February 22, 2022, in addition to the Life is Unusual Remastered Assortment in February.
In IGN’s NEO: The World Ends with You assessment, Rebekah Valentine wrote, “NEO: The World Ends With You is a sequel that leans closely on recapturing what made the unique so particular… Its story satisfies me as somebody who had been ready 14 years for solutions to The World Ends With You’s most tantalizing plot threads, however it pays for that decision by sidelining its new central forged and forgoing a hard-hitting, emotional story of its personal.”
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