Summon Night 5 releasing Spring 2013 in Japan

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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Summon Night 5

It has been announced that lucky Japanese PSP owners are getting Summon Night 5 sometime in spring 2013. No doubt, some of you are thinking, “Summon Night 5? When was there a Summon Night 1?”

Initially released on the Sony PlayStation in 2000, Summon Night is a highly popular series of tactical games in Japan. Most of the installments have been released on Sony platforms in Japan only, but the first game in the series to hit the Americas, Summon Night: Swordcraft Story, was also the first for a Nintendo console. It was published by Atlus for the Game Boy Advance back in 2006, and is considered to be, by far, one of the most unknown gems of an aging system. Swordcraft Story actually spawned two other games that got American releases from Atlus: another sequel for the GBA, which functioned much in the same vein as the first spinoff but had a more interesting plot; and a DS sequel, Twin Age, which shook things up by completely revamping the series’ basic mechanics to focus more on group based combat.

Summon Night 5 was briefly cancelled following the demise of the games’ developer Flight-Plan, but it appears that Bandai Namco has revived the series for the PSP after remakes of 3 and 4 sold quite well. In this new installment, characters now utilize supernatural partners, known as Cross, which are bound to their souls. In combat, the Cross characters transform into various tools, such as Meteora, a machine Cross that transforms into a giant axe to protect this partner, Karis. Now if this will only get brought to the Americas and possibly make its way to the 3DS, this writer will be even more excited.

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Josh Speer is addicted to two things in equal measure : Books and Videogames. He has a degree from the University of Washington in English with an emphasis on writing. He joined Operation Rainfall last year while following it on Facebook. His two giant life goals are to write his own series of fantasy / science fiction novels and to get into the creative side of the video game industry. He is beyond pleased to now have his proverbial foot in the door thanks to the opportunity provided by Oprainfall!




  • Summon Night 5 is coming out but I still can’t get that Black Rock Shooter RPG that was announced ages ago? I am frustrated and buttmad.

  • Furiel

    Just saying, Swordcraft Story is a spinoff of the SN series. SN5 is part of the main series and has no relation with the swordcraft story games, you might want to review this article

  • Yes!! I’m excited for this to come out. I loved the SN1 on the GBA.

  • I liked Summon Night Twin Age on ds. I would buy this if it comes to the west.

  • Vinicius

    The only game of this series that I played was Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2 for the GBA. It would be interesting if more games of the series were released outside of Japan.

  • Swordcraft Story 3 was never released outside of japan but it was even better that the previous 2