Like the DS before it the 3DS is becoming a terrific portable for RPG games, with Atlus delivering some of the very best examples. The publisher and developer has been busy in recent times yet has, nevertheless, announced another exclusive title for the portable — Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker.
This, unsurprisingly, is an improved and expanded version of DS title Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. The 'Record Breaker' part of the title refers to an all-new episode in the 3DS version that apparently 'nearly doubles' the length of the overall experience, and as the press release excerpt below explains those new to the game can tackle the original content first before moving onto the new storyline, or those familiar with the original can simply jump into the fresh episode.
The world of Record Breaker is on the brink of non-existence. Just before the heralding of the apocalypse, when life was normal, some thrill-seekers were registering on a website that promised to deliver fake videos of their friends being killed. As people wondered what these videos could mean, an invasion began and humanity was forced to face a struggle to survive in an unprecedented catastrophe. For the main character and his friends, they stand up for humanity when the very same website uploads an application on their cell phones, summoning demons. From there, newly minted demon tamers begin the fight to survive and save the future of mankind, but the protagonist's decisions aren't without consequences. What he chooses may save the lives of his friends, or seal their fate.
For those who played the original Devil Survivor 2, the new plot expands the story by continuing the game from the ending of the original game. This continuation introduces a new character to the game, Miyako Hotsuin, but her origins are deeply shrouded in mystery. Record Breaker gives players the option of either skipping to the new content right away or playing through the original game first, suiting the needs for all experience levels.
There'll also be new abilities and fully-voiced English dialogue for the whole game. It's set to hit the Americas in early 2015 at a price of $49.99, with no European details given as yet.
You can check out the official website for more details, while below we have a trailer and some screenshots; is this now on your 3DS wishlist for early 2015?
I'll take the (usual) European release delay if there's no game breaking bugs this time around, thank you very much.
$50 is nuts for this. If this doesn't come with some really nice extras, then I'm waiting on an eshop sale. Atlus is just getting greedy with their pricing.
@Ralizah I was going to comment before I seen your post or read the story. Shame one of our favorite companies is pulling this crap. As per Persona Q I'll wait for a sale I guess. Just hoping the Etrain series doesn't go down this pricing path. I am excited for the title just not the price gouging going on with Atlus lately.
Ah, the Atlus taxe. I can understand for the physical release since they actually give tons of goodies....but for the digital??? Hopefully, Atlus is also the King of the Sales on the 3DS. It will be sold below 20$ at one point, so I'll wait for that instead.
I did not pay $50 for Smash 3DS, no way I would pay it for this. Is Sega the one behind these prices?
$50 is definitly a lot but if they could publish Dragon Quest VII I would be willing to throw down.
I don't mind supporting games I like, but if they want to treat their best customers like this, I don't mind cheaping out on them. I'd prefer a Day One $30 - $40 physical version of the game, but they're not giving me that option, so I'll opt for the cheapy download you know will be on the eshop in a few months.
i think there's a typo in the article. it should say it's a remake of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2, not Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. the link is correct, though.
@sinalefa I don't think so if only because Sega wasn't in charge when SMT IV was released. I think Sega honestly has nothing to do with this.
YES! YES! YESSSSS! I'm a HUGE SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI SERIES fan, and this is now my most anticipated game for 3DS next year!
Beyond thrilled!! The first game was wonderfully addictive and $50 seems fair for how long the game is.
But isn't SMTIV the exception? As with Persona Q and now this one it would mark two recent (and consecutive) instances when Sega is in charge.
Yes! That's 2 down, 3 to go for announced 2015 Atlus titles in the West. So happy about this.
@Spoony_Tech Etrian Mystery Dungeon has the usual price tag of 40 bucks. Then again it's a spinoff...
Atlus loves me.
@sinalefa it is and it isn't. To you and I assuming you also had Fire Emblem we didn't feel cheated last time but to others they had to pay 50$ in both retail and digital. Since that release there hasn't been anything up till Persona Q that could warrant this price. All we had was EO's and Conception 2 and I doubt 50$ could be justified.
I'm a bit scared of how there's no announcement in Europe for either this or Etrian Mystery Dungeon. Although I'm guessing this is the usual with Atlus titles and that it often means a senseless year-and-half delay rather than no distribution whatsoever.
Also, 50 dollars sounds fair to me, but then again Atlus games tend to cost 40€ over here (pretty much an equivalent), so I'm used to it. I couldn't justify such a full-price purchase for Overclocked given I 100%'d the first game and the amount of new content was not enough for that (hence I got it in the sweet sale last weekend), but this one seems to have so much more to offer that it feels more of a sequel rather than merely an enhanced remake. So, if it gets here I'm happy to make it a Day One Buy.
@LinkSword Atlus has no european branch. You'd think Sega would do something about that but apparently they didn't.
@hngdmn I am aware of this, but I wish they had things talked through with whichever publisher they're going with (such as NIS or Ghostlight) before making an announcement to the west, so fans over here won't feel left out. However it seems the process here is announcing a game for NA and then later worry about Europe, in an afterthought kind of manner.
Truth is if region locking didn't exist I wouldn't even be pondering about this, however.
Oh? this was still a thing?
Well it's a good thing I bought that US 3DS, now I don't even have to fear missing this.
I waited over a year for this, I can wait until it drops to at least $40.
Not sure why people dislike the $50 price tag so much, considering how much content there is in the typical SMT game. If this one really does double DS2, thats a helluvalot of playtime! Personally though, I'm going to wait for this to come down in price a lot while i finish my backlog
I loved the original. I played through the game three times. 50 dollars still seems a bit high for an enhanced port. I'll wait for a sale.
this is what happened to SMT vs FE
Excellent, I knew it would come eventually will go nicely with overclocked
@Zorox88 50 for DQ 7 yes I would.Is that something they are considering?Or wishful thinkin?
@wicked636 mostly wishful thinking but you never know after SE put Final Fantasy XIII on Steam.
2016 sounds great already for us in the UK.
Well that price has got me a little miff'd. Devil Survivor was no where near the quality of SMTIV. Those CGI trailers looked pretty good though. Who knows what I will do when this comes out. Sometimes I just get the Itch and pay the prices even when I think they might be gouging us. I also prefer cartridge over downloads. One thing is for sure with me. Each and every time I get a game. I get my moneys worth it seems. Its still a cheap hobby when you factor in hours of gameplay. Cheaper than the movies.
I'm still half way through the DS version. Don't see me going back to it any time soon. Great, for fans of the series though.
@sinalefa The lenght of the game will worth the $50 (I hope), besides Atlus always provides a CD or Artbook plus an extra (and nice) box so $50 doesn't sounds bad.
@Quinn_Blackwood That doesn't justify the eshop price though. If it was 40$ it would've made more sense.
Atlus rules and this one is mine day one
@Spoony_Tech You're quite right, the price is good for the physical game plus the goodies, but it's ridiculous for a digital game. Fortunately, Atlus games often get discounts in the eShop.
they need to make some of these for the wii U!!!! itching for a atlas game for the home console! PQ is great but would like the big screen experience!
i still have an unopened copy of SMTIV special edition i got for $30. i cant wait to play it. or maybe get a digital copy and save it. but i really want to look at all the stuff inside. so i'll wait until it goes on sale, then hunt down a special edition copy, if it has as much cool stuff with it as SMTIV does.
@Tops Brain fart moment. In my head, I quickly thought that there's 3 EO games coming, so 3 more to localize. Counted EMD in both confirmed and unconfirmed.
One of the best non-fantasy TRPGs on the DS with twice the length?
I sincerely hope its arrival in Europe won't be as brutal as either of its predecessors (Devil Survivor Overclocked was released in Europe a year and a half later than in USAica, and Devil Survivor 2 itself half a year AFTER THAT).
The first devil survivor is my favorite DS game, probably i will get this as soon as it launches.
Can't wait. I absolutely loved Devil Survivor and its overclocked version. So much that I played the original 4 times and its enhanced version 4 times as well!
My sister didn't like DeSu2 as much as one, but hopefully this version trumps that and is good. Although $50 does sound a bit steep for the digital version.
@Lasermaster123 In my opinion, DS2 had better plot, scope and characters, but worse main enemies (the Septentrions instead of the big demons, I mean) and a less remarkable OST overall. I guess it depends on which aspects of these games you give the most importance to. Personally, I felt the battles were still engaging in DS2 despite not enjoying the septentrions themselves, so as a whole I felt it was the superior title. Both are great, though, and I imagine DS1 got better story-wise with the Overclocked extra day for each route. I'm starting the game now!
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