I am the ultimate being... There is no hope... My hammer of death shall rain down upon you!The World to James Taylor and Kate Green.[src]
Type-β, codenamed "The World" (ワールド Wārudo ), was an insectoid creature with ice manipulation powers. It was created by Caleb Goldman to succeed Emperor, awakening 3 years after both were deceased. It is the final boss in The House of the Dead 4.
The World attacks with projectiles, hatchets, and ice dragons. Upon defeat, it can grow into new and stronger forms. Its weak point is its glowing-red heart.
The World is a massive humanoid with dragonfly-like wings and eyes. Frozen up to its waist, the creature uses its hands for support. Its entire body (with the exception of its heart) is invulnerable to gunfire.
Every time it is seemingly defeated, the World grows into a seemingly endless line of stronger forms. In its second form, the creature's posture is upright and its wings become tendrils. Its attacks are more aggressive.
In its third form, the World molts its skin and emerges as a levitating full-bodied creature. This form is only battled in Loving Deads: The House of the Dead EX. After pursuing players atop a train, the World develops fiery wings and horns. It uses flames and crystals as projectile attacks.
The World was created by Caleb Goldman, the financier of the late Dr. Roy Curien's research. To protect nature from humanity, Goldman developed creatures with Curien's research to slaughter populations. He staged a 2000 outbreak in a large unnamed city, with a creature named Emperor intended to rule over mankind; its successor, the World, grew beneath the courtyard of Goldman's headquarters.
In 2003, years after Emperor's defeat and Goldman's suicide, the latter posthumously staged another outbreak. In the opening of "Pandora's Box", the World awoke to battle investigating AMS agents James Taylor and Kate Green. Upon realizing that the World never stopped growing, James set his AMS PDA to self-destruct, sacrificing himself in the resulting explosion to destroy the creature.
The World's third form is the final boss of the non-canonical House of the Dead spin-off Loving Deads: The House of the Dead EX.
- The final bosses of the first four games in the series appear to embody primal elements of nature: Magician uses fire, Emperor uses magnetism, Wheel of Fate uses electricity, and World uses ice.
- The 3rd Form can be fought in Loving Deads: The House of the Dead EX only, also serving as the game's final boss.
- The World's type number is also a Greek letter similar to that of Emperor as they are both creatures that Goldman intended to rule over the planet.
- It is unknown how many forms the World could morph its body into.