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Atlus Is Bringing Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers To North America

Posted by Damien McFerran

Shin Megami Tensei fans, rejoice

Atlus has confirmed that Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers will be getting a North American release in Spring 2013.

The 3DS exclusive is an updated version of the Saturn original which appeared in 1997 and was subsequently ported to the PlayStation two years later. The Japanese 3DS release took place in August.

Here's the official press release, direct from Atlus:

Soul Hackers delivers a first-person, dungeon-crawling RPG experience set in a future where technology and otherworldly forces meet in a macabre fusion of cyberpunk futurism and gothic horror. A first-person sci-fi RPG epic, Soul Hackers tells of a city held up as a beacon of humanity's triumph of technology, but with an infernal secret. In this would-be utopia, a group of hackers takes on a centuries-old mystic society, and a battle for control over humanity's fate is about to begin.

In the classic tradition of Shin Megami Tensei, players will have the compelling choice throughout their dungeon exploration to fight the enemy demons they encounter, or negotiate with them in an attempt to turn them into allies and teammates. Soul Hackers on 3DS includes access to 30 additional demons, a new opening animation movie and theme song, improved controls, and quicker loading times. Additionally players can use the 3DS' bottom screen as an auto-mapping function, and engage a COMP hack to change difficulty levels on the fly and fill out maps without walking through. After clearing the game initially, the 3DS version of Soul Hackers also delivers an extra dungeon, where players will witness the appearance of Raidou Kuzunoha from the previous Devil Summoner games.

"Soul Hackers' first-week debut at number two among all titles in Japan is a testament to the continuing quality and popularity of the Shin Megami Tensei series, suggesting a bright future on the 3DS," said Tim Pivnicny, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, ATLUS. "With the vast array of new features, content, and extensive localization, this long-awaited release will be even more exciting for fans in North America."

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User Comments (34)

Karakato

#3

Karakato said:

There is only one gif that can sum up my reaction for this...
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Bring on SMT4 and I'll be spamming the He-man's.

Granas3

#5

Granas3 said:

@MrWalkieTalkie Not in the least. Most of the Shin Megami Tensei games are utterly unconnected, though there a few sub series. However, you don't even need to have played the other devil summoner games to understand this one.

Banker-Style

#9

Banker-Style said:

North America gets the Shin Megami series,and Europe gets the Inazuma Eleven series.You can see who picked up the shortest straw.

Spoony_Tech

#11

Spoony_Tech said:

Another game I can't wait for. Wow my 3ds will be busy in the first six months of 2013! This makes like game number 7 that I want now!

retro_player_22

#14

retro_player_22 said:

Atlus continues their dominance of awesomeness, after playing Strange Journey and Devil Survivor 2, I'm now looking forward to Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers.

BossBattles

#20

BossBattles said:

Great news. Will love to have this game, along with the other awesome stuff coming to the 3DS next year.

Windy

#25

Windy said:

wow we are getting a ton of these 3d dungeon Crawlers. it will be nice to finally get a bunch of RPG's to chose from on 3ds. Cant wait! Dungeons Beware! haha

Millenia

#26

Millenia said:

Sooo exciting! I have played through some of the original Saturn version, but could not understand the Japanese xD

Nintendawg

#31

Nintendawg said:

Great, I was hoping this would get localized :)
I'm also hoping there will be a soundtrack cd bonus, as the music seems fantastic in this as well as previous videos of the game.
Day 1 pre-order!

Devil_Surivior

#32

Devil_Surivior said:

I'm forced to buy this by simply having the name Devil_Survivor lol. Nut, seriously you can never go wrong with Atlus :).

CanisWolfred

#34

CanisWolfred said:

@SirQuincealot No we do not. We have, like, 2. And this one is different from the others. It has a story, and it won't kick your butt up and down the block. (Though it'll probably still be hard)

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