Atlus Has Announced the Localization for Shin Megami Tensei IV

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

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Shin Megami Tensei IV

Shin Megami Tensei Returns
The Mature-themed Role Playing Game Franchise Is Back After a Decade With Shin Megami Tensei IV

IRVINE, Calif. – April 2, 2013 – 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. The game is expected to receive an M rating from the ESRB, but is not yet rated. More details will be revealed in the future, with updates on the official SMTIV website at

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  • Alex

    I really hope the special edition 3DS XL comes along with it too!

    • Won’t

    • FrancisUnderwood0482

      unfortunately true.

    • Auragar

      Highly unlikely. However we don’t know quite yet, don’t expect anything just a bastard move of adding $10 to a 3DS for no bloody reason.

  • 3DS games that still need to be announced for localization: Bravely Default, Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, Ace Attorney 5, Monster Hunter 4. Feel free to add any you think I might have missed.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      Fantasy Life, Dragon Quest VII, Denpa Men 2, Devil Survivor 2 Break Code, and, of course, New Love+.

    • guest

      Denpa Men 2 has already been confirmed.

    • Auragar

      AA5 is confirmed to becoming eventually.

  • smacd

    And by “Preminum”, the rumor I’ve read is that it’ll cost $50. Still cheaper than the ebay price will be, but quite high for a handheld, non-special-edition game.

    • Auragar

      Yes it will be $50 which is just bs. 3DS/Vita = $40 Atlus can’t come in saying oh yah uh blah blah blah it’s premium so… we’re tacking on an extra $10 have fun. Bastards they are.

    • smacd

      I mean, I’m still going to hold out and see if the eShop version will be less. I know Atlus packs in a lot of stuff for the physical copies, and that might justify a higher pricetag. But if the eShop version is the same price, then yeah its pretty much BS.

  • FrancisUnderwood0482

    man, the 3DS line-up just keeps getting awesomer and awesomer. Also, Bravely Default and DQVII please and thanks.

    • TwinTails

      Get to it, Square!

  • Xx_Kares_xX

    Awesome! but like most of the other people on here I’m hoping for other 3DS releases as well.

  • Tentative US release date is 7/16/2013. At least according to the Gamestop website.