Shin Megami Tensei IV

Shin Megami Tensei IV

Revealed in Nico Nico’s Super Conference last weekend, Shin Megami Tensei IV for the Nintendo 3DS will have a whopping 50 hours of story content, plus paid DLC. Much like Fire Emblem: Awakening, another lengthy 3DS RPG with paid content, Shin Megami Tensei IV is a game that has enough longevity to be a full game experience.

Other information from the conference notes that this game shares no relation to the previous mainline titles of the series, and has a “Dropped Moon Phase System;” one that turns the flow of battle, negotiation, and fusion.

Here is a summary of the conference by Re: Gigen, translated courtesy of Gematsu:

  • There’s no direct connection to the previous three Shin Megami Tensei games, but the background music arrangement holds some deeper ties to the previous titles.
  • The world of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey is unrelated to Shin Megami Tensei IV‘s, but the Black Samurai’s suit might be related, and a connection with the first Shin Megami Tensei is also possible.
  • It takes over 50 hours to complete the game.
  • Plans for paid downloadable content will be revealed at a later date.
  • Lucifer will make an appearance, but Louis Cyphre’s appearance is unclear.
  • The three Jack Brothers will make an appearance and a new Jack Frost will be introduced.
  • There is an option to switch character voices on and off.
  • Demon Fusion and conversation, etc. rewards the player with experience points.
  • The Macca Beam will appear. But this time, there is no Moon Phase System.
  • A brutally difficult mode might be included.
  • The release date for the original soundtrack is still undecided.
  • V-Jump will publish a Shin Megami Tensei IV-based comic, with someone named Minadan leading.

The news about Shin Megami Tensei IV having DLC may be disappointing to fans, but there is fortunately enough content to make for a full game experience, with paid content acting only as supplements that are not required to fully enjoy the game. Fans of the series should still expect a lot of interesting new and returning elements that were enjoyed in previous instalments.

Shin Megami Tensei IV will be releasing in North America July 16, 2013.


Andy Na
Andy was a member at Operation Rainfall since the beginning of its campaigning days. Though something of a troublemaker at the time, he now contributes to Operation Rainfall and shares his love for all things gaming and the visual arts. His favorite games include Xenoblade Chronicles, Kid Icarus Uprising, and No More Heroes. Andy currently holds a Bachelors degree in Cinema, which he uses to pursue filmmaking.