NEO: The World Ends With You failed to meet sales expectations, according to Square Enix's latest financial briefing, The sequel to the breakout 2007 Nintendo DS game, The World Ends with You, it contributed to Square Enix's overall lower game sales this year than in the same period last year.
"While NEO: The World Ends With You was well received by users, it has underperformed our initial expectations," Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda said.
Despite releasing multiple new titles this year, including Outriders, Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139, NEO: The World Ends with You, and Life is Strange: True Colors, Square Enix Chief Accounting Officer Atsushi Matsuda said the overall net sales of Square Enix's HD games subsegment were weaker year-over-year. Last year, Square Enix launched major games like Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Marvel's Avengers.
On the bright side, recurring subscription revenue from Final Fantasy XIV remains strong as its player base grows. Its latest expansion, Endwalker, launches on December 7. Meanwhile, Square Enix plans to release Life is Strange: True Colors for Nintendo Switch digitally on December 7 and physically on February 22, 2022, as well as the Life is Strange Remastered Collection in February.
In IGN's NEO: The World Ends with You review, Rebekah Valentine wrote, "NEO: The World Ends With You is a sequel that leans heavily on recapturing what made the original so special… Its story satisfies me as someone who had been waiting 14 years for answers to The World Ends With You’s most tantalizing plot threads, but it pays for that resolution by sidelining its new central cast and forgoing a hard-hitting, emotional story of its own."
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