The World Next Door fuses real-time puzzle battles and striking visuals to deliver a supernatural story about Jun, a teen trapped in the mysterious world of Emrys. Team up with Liza, Horace, and an ensemble of otherworldly friends to investigate the secrets of the Emryn shrines, and use Jun’s newfound powers to battle the formidable enemies hidden in their depths. Get Jun back home before time runs out, and challenge your friends in the lightning-fast Versus Mode!
The original concept for The World Next Door was created by Lord Gris at a game design jam in collaboration with Corey Warning and Will Lewis in the summer of 2017. Rose City Games pitched the concept to VIZ Media shortly after, and began creating a playable prototype to flesh out the gameplay.
On February 6, 2018, Rose City Games and VIZ Media announced a partnership to debut original, narrative-driven games, and that The World Next Door would be the first title to be published.
An early demo was available to play during the 2018 Game Developers Conference at The Anime Party, and for a single day on the expo floor at the Intel Innovators booth. The goal was to gain as much early feedback on the game as possible during the "pre-alpha" stages of development.
On August 28th, 2018 The World Next Door was announced as a Nintendo Switch Title as part of Nintendo's Nindies Showcase.
The World Next Door is currently in full production with a planned release date for March 28th, 2019 on PC and Nintendo Switch. VIZ Media is slated to release two more games developed by Rose City Games over the next few years.
Journey into Emrys, a magical world brought to life with anime-inspired characters designed by Lord Gris
Play as Jun, an adventurous teenager, who must use magical runes and the help of her friends to defeat opponents and find a way home
Cast spells by activating magical runes in fast-paced, real-time combat that mixes the fun of puzzle-combos with action gameplay
Immerse yourself in supernatural story with branching dialogue and reputation systems that affect your relationships with characters in the game
Focus on the story while still enjoying the gameplay using Assist Mode
Hone your skills against other players in the VS Mode through 2-player local puzzle battles
Awards and Recognitions
The MIX at PAX West Selection (2018)
PAX West Indie Megabooth Selection (2018)
GDC demo with Intel Innovators (2018)
Dreamhack Austin - Best Action/Adventure Game (2018)
Terminus (Atlanta) - Golden Joystick Finalist (2018)The MIX at PAX West Selection (2018)
Dreamhack Atlanta - Best Action/Adventure Game (2018)
SXSW Gaming - Gamer’s Voice Awards Nominee (2019)The MIX at PAX West Selection (2018)
The MIX at San Francisco Selection (2019)
PAX East Indie Megabooth Selection (2019)
“...an exciting romp through a fantastical yet familiar-feeling world with endearing characters and a fun story.” — Geek & Sundry
“More like this, please.” — Kotaku
"...it’s not quite like anything I’ve played on Switch and that in itself is an accomplishment. 8.5/10" — Nindie Spotlight
"...each encounter offers the perfect amount of cheeky dialogue and puzzling challenges to make it enjoyable right up to the end." — Newsweek
“...The World Next Door doesn’t need to be as cool as it is, with it’s impossibly hip Monster Prom meets Hotline Miami character designs and evil-cute aesthetic. And yet, here we are.” — Paste Magazine
Key Art & Screenshots
About Rose City Games
Rose City Games is an independent game studio based in Portland, OR founded by community organizers Will Lewis and Corey Warning.
More information on Rose City Games, our logo & relevant media are available here.
The World Next Door Credits
Art & Animation
Original Concept & Character Design
Story & Narrative Design
Content & Community Management