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Atlus Summons Shin Megami Tensei IV to North America This Summer

by Tyler Ohlew - April 2, 2013, 9:08 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: (Press Release)

Where a gauntlet lets you conjure demons to do your bidding, not tell you how badly a wizard needs food.

Shin Megami Tensei IV will arrive in North America this summer according to publisher Atlus. The 3DS title is a Japanese RPG that casts players as demon-controlling samurai, sent out to rid Tokyo of the evil that has taken over.

The series, which also spawned the popular Persona series, last appeared on Nintendo hardware with Strange Journey, a first-person dungeon crawler for the DS. While that entry was 2D, Shin Megami Tensei IV is a fully 3D affair, with navigation taking place in third person. Additionally, the forthcoming release will featured voiced dialogue, StreetPass functionality, and much more.

Shin Megami Tensei IV marks the first proper installment in the series since 2004's Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, and casts players as an 18-year-old boy from a country known as East Mikado. As part of an elite group of samurai, he and his partners are able to summon demons with a gauntlet. These demons can be brought into battle to fight alongside the party, and fused with one another to form new ones. They can be attained through conversation, as in battle, players can try to recruit by talking to them and making them happy.

Shin Megami Tensei IV is expected to release this summer on the eShop and in stores.

Shin Megami Tensei Returns

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 this summer.

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 balance.

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 expectations."

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.


I think Etrian Odyssey IV has started me on a deep, dark Atlus RPG path. If Soul Hackers still keeps me invested, I'll be ready for SMTIV with bells on.

EnnerApril 02, 2013

Nice to see this getting a confirmed date.

Of note, pre-orders have set the price for this game at US$49.99. I think this will be the first 3DS game to retail at that price.

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