NEO: The World Ends With You, digital copies shipped ten days in advance

NEO: The World Ends With You, digital copies shipped ten days in advance


Those who booked NEO: The World Ends With You for Nintendo Switch received a nice surprise these days: the publisher Square Enix sent by email a digital copy of the game about ten days in advance of what was estimated. Considering that the first copies were shipped on July 16 and the physical version will be available from July 27, 2021, that's a nice margin.

According to some, it could be an error in the Square Enix system, which instead of sending codes to redeem some bonuses sends those of the game. However, it must be said that the gift was also given to those who booked NEO: The World Ends With You in physical format after the news emerged, so the publisher had time to fix the problem, if so.

For those who ask, the code you receive via email gives you access to an unlocked and complete copy of the game, therefore without limitations. Square Enix has not yet commented on the situation, which in fact gives those who have booked the game a complete copy of the game. The advice we can give you is to pay attention to the previews, which are already circulating on the net, especially if you intend to play it.

NEO: The World Ends With You is the sequel to the cult Japanese RPG for Nintendo DS The World Ends With You.

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NEO: The World Ends With You Leaks 10 Days Early Via Square Enix Store

NEO: The World Ends With You characters in front of a colorful background. © Image: Square Enix NEO: The World Ends With You characters in front of a colorful background.

Folks who have been waiting nearly a decade for the follow-up to The World Ends With You got a nice, little surprise in their inbox this morning: A full digital copy of the NEO: The World Ends With You.

Players who had preordered a physical Switch copy on the Square Enix store began receiving digital codes late on July 16. These turned out to be fully playable copies of NEO: TWEWY. The game isn’t technically out until July 27, though thanks to this odd leak a bunch of players now have copies nearly two weeks early. Whoopsie!

Over on ResetEra, players have been sharing the good and surprising news. As reports came in from folks about the digital leak, some players tried to pre-order the game and according to them, the digital copies were still being sent out as late as 10:40 a.m. EST.

All you had to do to grab a digital copy early was preorder the physical version of the game on Switch and pay the extra shipping costs. Once that was done, players then would get an email with a digital activation code. Entering that code into the Switch redeem code area of the console’s store provides you with a fully playable and totally unlocked copy of NEO: The World Ends With You.

As far as I can tell and according to players across Twitter and ResetEra, this leak seems to only be working if you prepurchase the Switch version of the game.

Players have theorized that this screw-up comes down to Square Enix sending the wrong codes. Instead of sending out digital codes for a preorder bonus, like artwork or a soundtrack, the codes are for full copies of the game. And yes, that seems to imply that folks will now get two copies of the game for the price of one after the physical copy arrives later this month.

Kotaku has reached to out Square Enix about the leak, why it happened, if players who get the game early via this method will be able to keep both copies and if they can stream the game on Twitch.

For folks who have waited years for this sequel, the original game was released in 2007, this news is both good and bad. Good, because some of them get to play it early. Bad because now spoilers for the game will begin leaking out across the web. If you don’t want to be spoiled, be advised that full copies are out there and people are playing them.