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Square Enix says that NEO: The World Ends With You “under-performed our initial expectations”

4 months ago, Square Enix released NEO: The World Ends With You. The game is a sequel to The World Ends With You, which had released in 2007. NEO: The World Ends With You is available on PC, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, Square Enix has suggested that the game hasn’t done that well with sales.

Square Enix recently held their November 2021 financial results briefing. During the briefing, they talked about how NEO: The World Ends With You did so far. According to Square Enix, “while ‘NEO: The World Ends with You’ was well received by users, it has under-performed our initial expectations”.

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13 comments

  1. I just bought it and the first one on sale. If they had done the free trial of the first one a bit before the sequel came out, instead of several months later, I think it would’ve done better honestly

    1. It was actually on trial, and its a pretty short game so it could be beat (not 100% but all story could have been obtained) in the week long trial it had.

      1. Well the title is terrible. Why couldnt they just call it The World Ends with You 2? It sounds like dlc to a 10 year old game.. That was really wasnt that great to begin with.

  2. I wasn’t even aware this was a sequel. I glanced across it and assumed its what they titled the Switch port/remake.

    If someone like me isn’t even aware your jrpg exists? You were never close to the vague ballpark of hitting a mainstream audience.

    1. That’s exactly what I thought. I had the original back in the day on the DS, but never got around to really playing it because I got Pokémon the same day. I thought it was a nicer looking remake and skipped looking at it anymore. Their advertising campaign simply failed

  3. Combination of not giving publicity to Nomura’s best JRPG in years, and having high sales expectations of Nomura’s best JRPG in years while giving it no publicity.

  4. Sadly not surprising at all, considering (among other reasons) that there were hardly any marketing for the game, and that S-E are infamous for their desire of insane sales expectations.

  5. Maybe there isn’t enough appetite for JRPGs but the sales of games like Persona 5 and Xenoblade prove otherwise.

  6. Well geez SE, maybe if you actually gave it decent advertisement you’d turn over a better profit?
    Also wouldn’t hurt to help promote it via your more popular IP’s like Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider.

  7. There was barely any marketing for this game, most people i know don’t even know this is a sequel and not a port/remake of the original

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