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New Shin Megami Tensei IV Details Emerge

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New details have emerged regarding Shin Megami Tensei IV during the second day of the NicoNico Super Meeting 2. The developers took time to answer a number of questions from eager fans about the highly anticipated Nintendo 3DS title. Shin Megami Tensei IV is due to be released on May 23rd in Japan and July 16th in North America. Here’s a roundup of the information which was shared during the event.

  • There are no direct connections between Shin Megami Tensei IV and the previous three numbered games. However, there will be remixed versions of their soundtracks.
  • The world isn’t tied to that of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, but the Black Samurai character will have some sort of connection. It was hinted that there may also be a connection to the first Shin Megami Tensei, in the future.
  • Total play time to clear Shin Megami Tensei IV will be over 50 hours. Some of the developers claimed that it takes 60 or even 100 hours.
  • There will be paid DLC. Atlus say that it won’t make you feel as though they’re just trying to make money, and will be worthwhile content.
  • Lucifer will be making an appearance in Shin Megami Tensei IV. However, Louis Cyphre won’t be showing his face for now.
  • The three Jack brothers will also be making a reappearance, along with a new Jack Frost demon to the series.
  • Character voices can be turned on and off.
  • You can now acquire experience points through demon fusing and also by conversing with them.
  • The “Macca Beam” used by the Preta enemy in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey will be back to haunt players.
  • Atlus hinted at a harder difficulty mode being included.
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV boasts over 100 tracks used in game. An original soundtrack is expected to be released in he near future.
  • According to the map designer, he’s been asked about his reason for focusing so much in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. He admits that his reason for that is because it’s where he’s been going out to drink lately, but he also wanted to make it clear that other parts of Tokyo will be in the game.
  • One fan asked about Shin Megami Tensei lead roles always being male characters and if there’s a chance we could be seeing a female lead in the future. The possibility of a future female lead wasn’t ruled out, although different development team members seemed to have different feeling towards the idea. Some welcomed the possibility of there being a choice of gender, while others felt that Shin Megami Tensei games are better suited to male leads.
  • Another interesting question was with regard to the different-colored scarves the Samurai wear and how it seems to clash with the Japanese style. According to Atlus, the various colors do symbolize something, but they didn’t reveal what exactly. The reason for including the scarves to the design is to give them a unique look, rather than it being a strictly Japanese style.
  • The Moon Phase System won’t be part of Shin Megami Tensei IV.
  • A comic in V-Jump magazine has been confirmed.

22 comments

  1. I was worry about the 50 price but the game comes whit a ton of extras that makes it the lowest priced collectors edition.

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  2. Played Tales of Abyss for 3DS last year. One of the best Soundtracks I’ve seen in a game. Some of it is dated and cheesey but still works and some of it is absolutely awe inspiring.

    Hope for something similar from SMT4.

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      1. I’ve seen plenty of copies in GameStops around my area. Might want try that or even getting it online on their website.

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      2. Where i live there is not even 1 and i already check 4 stores and im not to kind on buying online.

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  3. for sone reason this reminds me of how much id love a dark cloud remake/sequel/whatever… but yeah i think shin megami tensei sounds good, even if im irrelevant to the series

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  4. So ready for it. Need to get an idea what the series is about before their crossover game with Fire Emblem comes out.

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  5. All though I am enjoying Soul Hackers, the gameplay is a bit dated.
    Still, nicely polished, and no regrets buying it, the story and depth are superb.

    That said, I like the Devil Survivor formula best so far. I hope this game is a good mix and has a bit of the modern gameplay style as the Devil Sur. Versions.

    I’m going to try and beat Soul hackers before this comes out. At this rate, my WiiU is being neglected for:

    -> Fire Emblem
    -> Luigi’s Mansion 2
    -> Soul Hackers
    -> Some Mario Kart with my Kick-ass swapnote crew.

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  6. I am reallllly sick of this Shin Megami Tensei news. One look at the game and I already know I don’t want it. I love Nintendo and all, but I can’t stand videogames with anime-like characters. Fire Emblem is my only exception! Kisses! 💋

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    1. have you played any of them? no? then leave. if you dont like anime, nintendo is not right for you. go buy an xbox

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