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Shin Megami Tensei IV Coming To North American 3DS Consoles This Summer

Posted by Damien McFerran

Atlus keeps on bringing the JRPG love

Atlus has confirmed that Shin Megami Tensei IV will be coming to North America this Summer.

Exclusive to the 3DS, Shin Megami Tensei IV is the first all-new entry in the popular series for a decade.

No solid release date has been given, but Atlus has confirmed it will be a "premium" title.

You can check out the full press release below. Are you keen to pick this one up?

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.

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User Comments (52)

Koapa

#1

Koapa said:

Yes, finally.
I have bought remastered SMT1 and SMT2 is on the way to Europe.
New Shin Megami Tensei wil boost the sales of 3DS. :-D

RetroGBHippie92

#4

RetroGBHippie92 said:

Yeah I hope we get it too! We need the JRPG love here in PAL regions, the DS was great for RPGs but retailers here in Australasia aren't stocking or importing all the good games that get released in Europe for 3DS, so basically at the moment not many RPGS here. :(

f_zul

#5

f_zul said:

Yeah, wondering why US region was picked as a primary market for jrpg treating.

DePapier

#6

DePapier said:

I guess that's gonna be my first Shin Megami Tensei. This way, and with the upcoming Fire Emblem Awakening, I'll be ready for Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem on the Wii U!!

I mean, when this SMTIV releases in Europe, obviously.

Placlu

#7

Placlu said:

Yerp, never coming to Europe.. Not to be that guy but it took 2 freaking years for ghostlight to f*** the game up. Pisses me off that in 2013 europe still dont get releases, and heck, we get DIGITAL stuff days/weeks/months later.

Zyph

#8

Zyph said:

@f_zul Well not entirely true. You did get TLS, Xenoblade, and Pandora's Tower first. :) I'm hoping it'll head to EU sooner as well :D

DashDG

#9

DashDG said:

Atlus is Officially my fav. 3rd party publisher on 3DS over here in America!!! I already have 4 games from them plus 2 preorders: Soul Hackers & SMTIV...Im so happy...

DashDG

#10

DashDG said:

I really hope to see Shin Megami Tensei: Persona getting the same treatment for 3DS... =)

Zyph

#11

Zyph said:

@DashDG they announced a Persona 3DS like 2 years ago. Nothing ever came of it. I'm guessing it was just a placeholder or something. Shame really...

ktribal

#12

ktribal said:

:O Good news!
I'm excited to play this game, but I haven't played any of the previous main games. Will I have to play them to fully appreciate this game? Are these true sequels, or may they stand on their own like Fire Emblem: Awakening?

DashDG

#13

DashDG said:

I know, but having released in America the Etrian series,both Devil survivors and Strage Journey on DS, then the enhaced editions on 3DS, Etrian IV and now Soul Hackers and SMTIV on 3DS makes me tihnk that something good can happen with Persona in the future for 3DS, whether it be a Remake or a spin-off.... I believe anything can happen now.... =)

Zyph

#14

Zyph said:

Well Persona is technically a spin-off already. But yeah I know what you mean :D
I'm still hoping for a Persona game for the 3DS down the line. :)

Jamouse

#15

Jamouse said:

The feudal setting should be a refreshing change from P4's more urban location.

Zyph

#16

Zyph said:

@ktribal Correct me if I'm wrong but as far as I know they only released Nocturne and Strange Journey in NA. And Shin Megami Tensei II on iOS just last year. And IV being a sequel to Nocturne (I think?)...I believe you can still appreciate this one.

belmont

#19

belmont said:

This game will be released in Europe sometime in 2016 :-)
Meh I am tired of this...

Deathgaze

#20

Deathgaze said:

I hate ATLUS' publishing team, they don't care for us in PAL regions.

I wish somebody in the UK or whatnot will pick it up.

zipmonStaff

#21

zipmon said:

Wow, what awesome news!! Wasn't expecting we'd get this one so soon! Fingers crossed for our fellow summoners in Europe/down under too!

ktribal

#22

ktribal said:

@Zyph

I don't know anything else substantial about SMT, and was looking to start with this. Thanks! :D

Nintendawg

#23

Nintendawg said:

I'll pre-order this for sure. Along with PMD: GTI it is my most anticipated game for this year (so far, at least!). It seems bound to set new standards for rpg's on the console too.
I thought it'd be at least another year or so before we got it!
So many massive games being released one after the other...
Atlus, seriously, we have other things to do besides gaming! LOL

Spoony_Tech

#24

Spoony_Tech said:

Not that I'm complaining but CRAP!!! It's yet another game I want and there is all ready too many! This is truely a wonderful year for the 3ds but I can't see how next year will be this good. I'm sure it won't matter as ill have plenty to last me well into next year. Go 3ds!!

Hunter-D

#25

Hunter-D said:

@Tech101 "but I can't see how next year will be this good." That's what E3 & Nintendo Direct are for. 2013 is not only the Year of Luigi, but also the Year of the 3DS and the year of empty wallets.

Please I want this to come to the PAL regions and I want it to come within a year at least... without bugs too.

XXIV

#26

XXIV said:

When I first saw this, I thought it was an April Fool's joke. Then I took a look at the date, how many sites are covering it, and when it was going to be released. All my want exploded through the roof, then came back in the form of a literal spit take. A dry one, considering I didn't have anything to drink at the time, but a spit take none the less.

MERG

#27

MERG said:

Ugh! How I am supposed to keep up with all of these games?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Rapido

#30

Rapido said:

Darn, This is TRULY what i've been waiting for!! Aside from MH and Bravely Default. I'm all pumped UP!!!

Ernest_The_Crab

#31

Ernest_The_Crab said:

They changed the combat system to Devil Survivor's (unless of course Press Turn is from an earlier game)?

Well this sounds promising:

"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."

CanisWolfred

#34

CanisWolfred said:

MUCH sooner than I expected! Good thing Darkstalkers 4 isn't coming anytime soon. This'll be a day one purchase, though I can't get much more now...

mookysam

#37

mookysam said:

Atlus really need a European publishing arm. The stupidly long wait for Persona 4 Arena and Devil Survivor Overclocked (complete with bugs!) and just about every other MegaTen game is infuriating. I'm hopeful this will be released here but am prepared for a 1-2 year delay. Region locking is the absolute devil!

Ernest_The_Crab

#38

Ernest_The_Crab said:

@CanisWolfred Did they remove it from Strange Journey?

From what I can find on the wiki Press Turn was created with Nocturne unless it was called something else in the earlier games. If that's the case then this is the second "main" game to use it?

CanisWolfred

#39

CanisWolfred said:

@Ernest_The_Crab I think I may have over generalized. Nocturne did seem to invent the press turn system, it's every game afterwords that used something similar to it, even Strange Journey uses a form of press turn in its extra attacks. SMTIV is the only other one that's using it pretty much the same way as Nocturne.

Squid

#40

Squid said:

Looks really cool, but I've neve played a SMT game besides Persona before. This definitely looks promising, however!

Spookyzz

#42

Spookyzz said:

@Zyph Nocturne was called lucifer's Call in europe and unfortunately we didn't get strange journey and devil summoner Raidou 2.

Doma

#43

Doma said:

@Placlu Hopefully a bigger (i.e. competent) EU publisher picks this up, rather than Ghostlight. NoE should be the ones to do it really, maybe there's a chance because of their upcoming collaboration title.

Melkaticox

#44

Melkaticox said:

@Zyph They always make their main Persona/SMT games for the most popular console on the market (in Japan). That would be the 3DS by far, of course.
I bet they tried to make one for the DS but...I guess they didn't wanted to go back to 2D graphics on their main games (and thus the Devil Survivor series was born as a spiritual successor of Majin Tensei)

Is it just me, or was Nintendo Life trying to avoid posting news on april 1st?

GuSolarFlare

#46

GuSolarFlare said:

YEAH!!!!!! this is awesome!!!!!!!! of the really few SMT games I've played there's not one I disliked and I really like RPGs so this is one I will get as soon as possible!(that's some time,a few weeks maybe even months , AFTER the release for sure. that's sad....)
oh and looks like the 3DS is finally getting a good number of RPGs!

Zodiak13

#47

Zodiak13 said:

Although I am no expert, generally speaking, publishers will only release games in a specific region if they are fairly certain to make them money. Atlus has lasted as long as they have by being fiscally frugal. Possbly they are just not sold on the overall audience in Europe/Australia. Anyway I hope they come to all regions so everyone can enjoy them.

DarkLloyd

#48

DarkLloyd said:

my god lol, theres soul hacker i preordered and now just waiting on a release date for devil survivor 2 remake and now this explosions everywhere :P

Marks

#50

Marks said:

Not a fan of the setting, but I'm sure I'll still enjoy it. I'm going to buy it for sure.

VincentV

#51

VincentV said:

Hell yes. I've skipped on Soul Hackers hoping this one would come. It looks amazing. Day one purchase for me.

TheAdza

#52

TheAdza said:

Damn lucky Americans. I was hoping Nintendo was going to be taking over publishing duties of SMT games for their systems. I hope they still do in regions where Atlus doesn't seem to care about.

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