The Mature-themed role-playing game franchise is back after a decade with Shin Megami Tensei IV.
IRVINE, Calif. - April 2, 2013
- It's been nearly ten years since the last chapter closed in the
original Shin Megami Tensei® role playing game (RPG) series, but the
long wait is nearly over. Developed by the award-winning ATLUS team,
Shin Megami Tensei IV (SMTIV) features powerful new demons, expansive
dungeons, epic story arcs with branching plot lines, game-altering
decision making, and more. Built specifically for the Nintendo 3DS™
system with optimized graphics, 3-D dungeons, voiced dialogue, and
StreetPass functionality, SMTIV will be a premium title available
Building on the styles of
ATLUS' Persona, Devil Summoner, and Devil Survivor titles, SMTIV is
the first true successor to 2004's Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. The
story of SMTIV revolves around the Samurai, the sacred protectors of
the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado. As a newly appointed Samurai, players
will struggle with factions that have nefarious designs on the world
as they defend their home kingdom from a growing army of demons.
Decisions players make throughout the course of the story will have
lasting repercussions, as the fate of the world hangs in the
Shin Megami Tensei IV blends
familiar features from previous SMT games with all-new features that
take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS system, including:
- A World to
Discover, A Mystery to Uncover - The life of a Samurai is fraught
with peril. Players must leave the safety of the kingdom in order to
defend it from the invading demons. There the story unfolds as they
become involved in a fierce battle between God and demons.
- Demon Collection and Fusion -
The core mechanic of the Shin Megami Tensei series returns with more
than 400 demons to recruit, collect, and fuse together. Players will
constantly be challenged with balancing the strengths of their demons
to ultimately excel in battle.
- Choices and Consequences -
Throughout the player's journey, they must choose their own path. The
choices will affect them, other NPCs, and the overall outcome of the
story. Branching story paths require careful consideration since the
fates of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado and the rest of the world hang
in the balance.
- Pressing the Combat Advantage
- The Press Turn system requires strategic thinking for every battle.
Pinpointing an enemy's weakness will provide a vital extra turn for
players to exploit. But there are dangers as well...reckless attacks
against demons cause players to lose their turns and give the enemy
an opening to strike back.
"The return of the
legendary Shin Megami Tensei series is one of the biggest milestones
yet for ATLUS and the 3DS," said Naoto Hiraoka, president and
chief executive officer, Index Digital Media, Inc. "Since this
is the first title from the original SMT series in a decade, we
tapped the best developers from many of ATLUS' acclaimed projects
including Nocturne, Strange Journey, Persona, and Soul Hackers to
create a premium experience that lives up to our fans' and our own
Shin Megami Tensei IV will be
exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS system and sold as a premium title
beginning this summer. The game is expected to receive an M rating
from the ESRB, but is not yet rated. More details will be revealed in
the future, with updates on the official SMTIV website at http://www.atlus.com/smt4.