“… I may have gone a bit overboard this time… “

With the upcoming release of The World Ends with You: Final Remix, some of the game’s creators recently gave some insight into what went into making the action role-playing game.

The game is an updated port of the original Nintendo DS title, developed by Square Enix, that released back in 2007.

Speaking to the Nintendo website, former Square Enix composer Takeharu Ishimoto, now of THRILL Inc., spoke about making new music for this Final Remix version of the game.

“I have created new music arrangements worthy of this “Final” title,” said Ishimoto. “Since more than half of the music consists of songs with vocals, I feel like I may have gone a bit overboard this time… but isn’t that what [The World Ends with You] is all about?

“The new track ‘Shadow’ is big band music with brass elements, a type of music that was surprisingly not present in the original game, and I made it sound very catchy and pop-like. A lot of game music is composed as orchestral pieces, but in the case of TWEWY, there is not a single track like that.”

Ishimoto mentioned that he doesn’t plan on making anymore versions of the game’s music but if the opportunity to make new arrangements arose, he would do so “with a different approach”.

“I’ve made several arrangements of TWEWY’s music for many years, but the versions in this game will be the final ones. Maybe… if I have the opportunity to create new arrangements of the music again, I think that I would like to try doing so with a different approach. Full versions of the 92 tracks are included in The World Ends with You: Final Remix. I hope you will enjoy them!”

For other insights from Creative Producer and main character designer Tetsuya Nomura, and game Director Tatsuya Kando, head over over to the Nintendo website for the rest of the developer notes.

Developed by Square Enix and published by Nintendo, The World Ends with You: Final Remix will be released on 12th October for Nintendo Switch.