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Developers Reveal Information on Shin Megami Tensei IV

Posted by Tim Latshaw

Q&A held during Atlus event

Developers of Shin Megami Tensei IV fielded questions from the curious during the Atlus Live 2 Days extravaganza in Japan this weekend, and the folks over at Siliconera were able to glean information on the upcoming title from their answers.

According to developer responses, Shin Megami Tensei IV should clock in at more than 50 hours, with some estimating more than 60 or up to 100 hours of playtime. A harder difficulty mode and paid DLC are also potential inclusions.

The game is said to be largely independent of the other numbered titles in the series. There are also no direct ties to the world of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, although the Black Samurai character will somehow relate. Lucifer and the three iconic Jack brothers are expected to appear, as is a new Jack Frost demon.

Soundwise, Shin Megami Tensei IV is said to have more than 100 in-game tracks in its repertoire, including some remixes from earlier titles. An option to turn character voices on and off will also be included.

Additional notes:

  • The developers appear conflicted on whether a female lead character would appear in the future. The possibility has not been ruled out, but some seem to feel the series is suited better toward male lead characters.
  • The map designer quipped that so much focus has been placed on the Shinjuku district of Tokyo because that’s where he currently likes to drink, but that other areas of Tokyo will also be featured.
  • The Moon Phase System will not be included in Shin Megami Tensei IV.
  • Experience points can be acquired both by demon fusing and conversing with them.
  • The infamous “Macca Beam” from Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey will be back.
  • A comic will appear in V-Jump magazine.

Shin Megami Tensei IV will be rising 23rd May in Japan and 16th July in North America, with a European release date to be determined for the summer. Does anything stand out to you with this new information? Let us know below.


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User Comments (26)



Expa0 said:

Oh my goodness Macca Beam. The bane of new game+ playthroughs.



Xilef said:

Do i need to play the prior game in the series to get this one? Want to try out some SMT games before FE x SMT. Already got SMT: Digital Devil Saga 2. Haven't played much but it is pretty fun.



Marks said:

@Xilef No, you do not. This game is pretty independent from past titles (maybe with some references to past titles, but that's about it.) I strongly recommend anyone to buy this game. Games from Atlus are very well made.



BennyFresh said:

Where is the best place to pick up this series? Should I get Overclocked on 3DS, Soul Hackers or that one for PS2?



Melkaticox said:

@BennyFresh Soul Hackers and Overclocked are nothing like this game. Why not just wait until this one is released? The 'one' on the PS2 is considered to be the hardest of the series (I guess you're talking about SMT3)



RikuzeYre said:

Overclocked is pretty much a great entry point for new comers to get used to the soul of the series(story wise). I'd say get that one and play SMT Strange Journey in prep for this one



ueI said:

Some of this stuff sounds really cool. But I don't want DLC in my game.



RikuzeYre said:

This is probably one of the few times Im okay with DLC because they already finished the game, and its huge. The only other time Im okay with DLC is like in Skull girls where they asked for more money to make it.



hngdmn said:

Nocturne is not hard,just different of most jrpgs.Buffs are broken beyond belief in that game.



sweetiepiejonus said:

I wouldn't say Soul Hackers is 'nothing' like this, as the battle system is sure to be similar. The exploration aspect will be different but I imagine this is going to be similar. With major improvements of course since Soul Hackers is like 15 years old.

There were several Shin Megami games on PS2. I recommend any you can track down. Along with Nocturne, The Digital Devil Saga games are awesome if you can find them. There was also a couple Devil Summoner spin-off titles that are entirely different than Soul Hackers as well but I never played them and they are apparently super rare around here...actually that goes for pretty much every Atlus release.



Windy said:

I'm bummed I'm really trying to like Soul Hackers but I really don't like it. I will probably take a pass on this and just cruise into Animal Crossing instead



Ralizah said:

Shin Megami Tensei is my new favorite series. I can't wait for this installment to be released!



Zodiak13 said:

I own all the US SMT versons since PS1- but this will be the 1st I play for any real amount of time. I am going to make a point to finally actually play one of these.



gojiguy said:

The fact that it will be 50-100 hours long actually dissuades me from picking it up. I don't have that kind of time to spend playing an RPG, especially with Monster Hunter out and Project X Zone coming soon... I still need to beat Fire Emblem!



Erikdayo said:

Can't wait! This is my most anticipated game of the year. Originally it was Ni no Kuni, but that game was a HUGE disappointment. Completely not fun gameplay there. :/



Rapido said:

The biggest game for me this year along with Bravely Default. Hopefully, that is.



softserve said:

@Windy Soul Hackers is also a really old game. They may have updated it, but games in the MegaTen universe have improved upon these ideas DRAMATICALLY. I'd not even put Soul Hackers in the same sentence as Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne or the last couple of Persona games.

I'd judge SMT4 very separately from Soul Hackers, honestly.

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