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The World Ends with You!

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 31, 2008, 9:04 PM
Square Enix has generously provided deviantART with the exclusive rights to distribute Concept Art Boards demonstrating the creative process used in their new game for the Nintendo DS The World Ends with You.  Haven’t you always wondered, “How did they come up with that?!”  These boards can hopefully answer that question.

And now for the first installment of these Concept Art boards. We’ve taken some of the highlights of the developer’s insights and posted them here… for more information about specific storyboards, click on the thumbs!

Slide 1: Initial Background Concepts
Initial Background Concepts by wewy


What do the four center panels demonstrate?
We explored colors and moods with game elements such as enemies as well as differentiation of the RG (real ground) and the UG (underground) worlds.


Slide 2: Background Angle Tests
Background Angle Tests by wewy

What is the significance of the angled backdrops?
In designing for this title, we kept the game’s main concepts in mind:
- Shedding the conventional on-screen presentation
- A worldview grounded in Japanese urban culture

We over-exaggerated perspectives in order to preserve the unconventional style that the game is based on. For example, we displayed the “104” building and the poster large and extremely angled, so that it would look massive and eye-catching.

The “104” building was drawn in exaggerated perspectives, as if it is falling onto the town.  We hoped to depict this tall lanky landmark in the horizontal DS screen by using this bold expression. The design centered on the iron bars in the entrance, rather than the building as a whole.


Slide 3: 104 Building Design
104 Building Design by wewy

Could you explain the reasons behind the locations that were chosen?
We were originally planning to use all of Greater Tokyo to create a variety of battles and scenery. We eventually settled on Shibuya where we can best explore the iconic elements of contemporary Tokyo, such as fashion and subculture. We believed we could express those concepts with better focus by limiting the setting to Shibuya.

These Concept Art Boards are unique in that they were created specifically for challenging YOU to create your own backgrounds, dream up new heroes or villains using your awesome skills as a traditional or digital artist to show the development team just what you’ve got!

Are you up to the challenge? If so click here

Check back soon for more installments featuring hero and villain creation!!

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:icongogglemaster01:
GoggleMaster01 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Why? Why did you end four years ago, contest? If I submitted this to Square Enix and the guys who created these epic awesome games saw my shit...
...Well, it wouldn't be like this crappy scribble. But the drawing has a double meaning, which should be easier to guess if you've played the "Game". (Hint- CAT is capitalized, Square Enix is my main inspiration, I like "connecting" things to each other...)
Go Square CAT, take over the world!
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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:iconyscordelon:
YsCordelon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
mann i wanted to submit my background designs too but they were unfinnished >_< i was more focused on the character designs hahaha oh wells
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:iconaxelalonso:
axelalonso Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I will join! but it's 2 late :( o well! please keep up this kinda of contest! they sound really fun! if there's a place to subscribe I will gladly do that! ;D
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:iconaxelfreak:
AxelFreak Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
i cant wait to play!
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:iconpurpleyez:
purpleyez Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Student Artist
i love the first slide!! XD
reminds me of JSRF-jet set radio future XD rockin' vid gam
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:iconpoorlylit:
Poorlylit Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
Hm... Might as well try...
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:icondemon-artist-hoshi:
Demon-Artist-Hoshi Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
cooly*works on character ideas*
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:icondiamondgate:
diamondgate Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
so...
basically the contest is about making your own version of The World Ends with You? is that it?
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:iconzabuza13cola:
zabuza13cola Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008  Hobbyist
no, its just designing either backgrounds or characters to contribute to the game:)
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:iconamedono:
AmeDono Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
I'll give it a shot **starts to scribble something down** o.o;
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:iconrakiura:
Rakiura Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG IM GONNA DIE OF EMOTION
im working on my character... but i think I will not make it in time :(
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:iconkurokage311:
kurokage311 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
if you win dis you could get into any art college you want!!!

i'm so going for dis, just for da cred!

i have a ds already...
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:iconthe-legendaryextreme:
The-LegendaryExtreme Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
With a good portfolio, you can get into any art college you want, also. Cred doesn't matter so much as skill and potential for success. :thumbsup:
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:iconmattroid:
Mattroid Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
So is the game gonna be any good?
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:iconanastriananoel:
AnastrianaNoel Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
Or maybe they just want to get people involved...
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:iconasputh-ology:
asputh-ology Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
well,
is it nice or just sumthing else??
you tell me......
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:iconspazztasticpocky:
SpazztasticPocky Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Student Artist
Is this installment of the contest meant for you to design settings and places, backgrounds and such?

Or is it characters, even though there's like no mention of that, except for the installments that haven't come yet.
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:iconfreigo:
freigo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
hmmmmm, i still can't figure out if i'm to join or not . . .


and uhmmm

WHERE IS THE 2ND INSTALLMENT!!
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:iconluniara:
luniara Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I think DA did something nice for the anime community. I'm glad to see sub-par artists entering too. It's not all popularity.

Could you guys post more information before this contests time is up perhaps?
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:iconkbsanctuary:
kbsanctuary Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
uhm i am not sure ehh nani? how ? what this? a new game inspiraded in kh but is an aid?
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:iconvinty:
Vinty Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
I want to get started on drawing characters but I need more info on them.
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:iconaeovis:
Aeovis Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I've read up some on the game outside of DA and I was wondering if for the contest we had to limit our knowledge to what was given. For example, I don't know a lot, but I know of the term Noise, and I want to if I could incorporate something involving the Noise into my entry. Would things like that be alright?
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:iconaizlej:
Aizlej Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
is photomanipulation allowed?
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:iconvrolok87:
Vrolok87 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Student General Artist
Ok - just to be sure.
I have to create new background or new character, right? But they must be in style of this game?
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:iconmizutii:
Mizutii Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Badge system make me think to Air Gear...and Jet Set Radio Furture...
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:iconparadisefever:
ParadiseFever Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
hmmm interesting... But I was wondering for the hero/villain. Does it have to have a profile (with name, age and all that)?
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:iconnoskill1343:
nosKILL1343 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
woww,
its cool
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:iconnekuyo:
Nekuyo Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
nnnn, it would give me such good practice/background .... but I dunno what exactly I'm supposed to do with this.
It sounds interesting - I hope I have time to give it a shot.
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:iconangelgospel:
AngelGospel Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Cn u draw an original character and one of the main characters? The main character doesn't count as the entry though but if he's there? I need to know that cuz I made an oc but I drew the main character by him...
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:iconyukini:
yukini Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
i don't get it... what are we supposed to draw? New charakters or new layouts, i mesn backgreound images? If we are suposed to draw new backgraound images should we draw in their style or are we free in the style?
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:iconspyg:
SpyG Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Why no other countries.......???? TAT"
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:iconvrolok87:
Vrolok87 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Student General Artist
But you can get a part in that. You only won't get the game, but money, if you'll win. :)
At least I understood it like that. :confused:
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:iconspyg:
SpyG Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
But I want da game.... TAT" Sad...

Anyhow, I'll consider joining the competition, to gain experience the least...
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:iconvrolok87:
Vrolok87 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Student General Artist
You're right! :nod:
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:iconmougiou:
mougiou Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
what do we have to do exactly? I'm kinda lost... :/
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:iconfindyq:
findyQ Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
i'm totally lost. o_o"
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:iconmougiou:
mougiou Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
seriously :p
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:iconvrolok87:
Vrolok87 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Student General Artist
Me too. :XD:
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:iconfindyq:
findyQ Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
lol. xD
the frekin' deadline is in a few days and i still got no idea. xD
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:iconvrolok87:
Vrolok87 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Student General Artist
Haha! :lol: Me too even though I'd like to take a part in this so damn much! :XD:
Eeeh... Nevermind.
But can you tell me, what exactly we have to do? I understood we have to create some new backgrounds or new characters, but I'm not sure. So - I'm asking just to know. ;P
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:iconfindyq:
findyQ Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
i know, me too! xD
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:icononifaux:
Onifaux Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Yeah... I have no idea either. The explanation makes no sense. Ooo background images, what are we supposed to do?
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:iconfindyq:
findyQ Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
dumb contest. >3<
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:iconrikone:
Rikone Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
I guess this is mostly an attempt at marketing
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:iconcyberflee:
CyberFlee Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
The contest entry states that this board is supposed to help us dream up new heroes. This entry is utterly unimpressive looking at it from a character-creators point of view. What "would" be impressive would have been if they actually showed some images from the creation process, showing some of the thoughts and actual decitions made troughout the proces. This board seems like a very poorly concealed attempt of advertising.

As for the contest itself. I read the "rules" section. I am aware that a bussines needs to cover it's ass, but the entire list of rules and disclaimers seems rather shady to me.
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:iconcerinety:
Cerinety Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
why is it always United States, Mexico or Canada and not for other country's T_T
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:iconzonbi-deji:
zonbi-deji Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
I'm interested in this contest but am not really sure where deviantART/Squeenix stands on the whole copyright thing. I understand that they can use the art/backgrounds/characters for future promotional uses without additional compensation to the artist.

But does that mean they (deviantart/Square-Enix) own the sole rights to the characters? Do the artists still get to own their characters? ...Or do the winners get Lucky the Rabbit'D?
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:iconsfox8:
sfox8 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
It doesn't come out directly and say it, but if I had to guess, I'd say that they own the rights to the characters (especially if they use them in a WewY 2 or something). Of course, that doesn't mean the artist still can't draw them whenever they want (it would fall under the usual fan art that people do every day). They just wouldn't -officially- own them anymore. D=
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:icondanewolf:
danewolf Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
wow=D
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:iconverwildert:
Verwildert Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The only thing that would make this contest better is if there were some incentive to actually do it.
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