NEO: The World Ends With You drops onto Steam today

NEO: The World Ends with You Epic Games Store

A surprise drop for a surprising follow-up

NEO: The World Ends With You hits a new platform today. Square Enix surprise-dropped The World Ends With You‘s follow-up on Steam today, October 19.

Originally released in 2021, NEO: The World Ends With You first hit PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. It later arrived on PC, though only through the Epic Games Store.

This Steam release brings the pin-slamming action onto Steam’s platform, for anyone who wants it specifically on that storefront. It’s going for $59.99, though as of this writing it has a 25% launch discount running until October 25.

Picking this version up will net you the Legendary Threads and Reapers’ Game Survival sets, for a little boost right out of the gate.

Nothing on the NEO: The World Ends With You Steam page indicates its Steam Deck status yet. It does have full controller support though, so that’s at least an indicator that it’s worth testing out.

A new world

NEO is the follow-up to The World Ends With You, a Nintendo DS game that launched in 2007 in Japan and 2008 abroad. The original has since seen several ports and been hailed as one of the DS’ better games.

With NEO, Square Enix and h.a.n.d. took on a new tale (with some eventual tie-ins to the old, of course) and it came out alright. Its novel approach to the combat was interesting; new systems often had trouble mimicking the dual-screen battles that made The World Ends With You so unique,  so NEO went for a different approach that still tried to capture that puck-passing, pin-slamming combat.

Even though NEO has some stiff competition this month for RPGs to play on Steam, it’s still worth a look if you’ve ever been curious. It’s a stylish, more modern RPG that uses its death game setting pretty well, with an absolutely stellar soundtrack.

NEO: The World Ends With You is available on Steam for PC here.

Eric Van Allen