The Kingdom Hearts team is behind the development of NEO: The World Ends with You, so it’s only natural that we’ll see some of Sora’s moves in the TWEWY sequel. Key staff explained some of the influences that went into making the game a little easier for casual players in an interview with 4Gamer, with relevant excerpts translated below:
4Gamer: Considering that the team behind the Kingdom Hearts series is working on NEO: The World Ends with You, and based on what we’ve seen from the trailers, it looks like it will carry over with the same kind of action, but can you tell us more about that?
Hiroyuki Ito, Director: “Kingdom Hearts was designed in a way that people who aren’t good at action games could press buttons to perform flashy moves. In that sense, it is similar. The battles in NEO: The World Ends with You have attacks that you perform by pressing one button per character. The system involves characters performing various attacks based on whether you repeatedly press their button, hold it down, charge it, and so on. The controls are intuitive, and you can do things like press all buttons to make multiple characters attack at the same time. There surprisingly hasn’t been a system like this before, so I believe it’ll bring together that new experience we’re after.”
Tatsuya Kando, Series Director: “Controlling characters using one button each is the defining feature of the game.”
4Gamer: So that means when moving multiple characters, you can do without the character selecting part and move altogether in real time.
Hiroyuki Ito: “Yes. Furthermore, you can use pins to change things up for the button commands. For example, if you have a pin with an effect that slashes with a sword after repeatedly pressing the button, it will correspond with how the command operates.
4Gamer: Does that mean you can’t equip a pin that’s used for one button on multiple other characters?
Hiroyuki Ito: “No, it’s possible to equip them at the same time. In that case, you will be able to move two characters with one button. In any case, I believe it’ll be very TWEWY-esque and enjoyable to play.”
Tomohiko Hirano, Producer: “New functions gradually unlock as you progress through the game. It’s a game system that starts simple but changes into something with more depth the more you play it.”
See if you can spot the Kingdom Hearts influence when NEO: The World Ends with You launches for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on July 27, 2021. In case you missed it, the Square Enix developers also talked about how this The World Ends with You sequel finally came together in the same interview.