Thanks you Atlus for what could be the best Christmas surprise for 3DS owners this year! Also, thanks for not waiting until Christmas to let us know Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers will be released in North America in Spring 2013. Not only is this a brand new RPG and entry in the Shin Megami Tensei series, which is notable in and of itself, but it also marks the first time that Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers has been released outside of Japan. Yay us!
But before I go on, man! That’s sure a mouthful. So let’s just go ahead and call it Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers because typing that full title is a pain. It’s huge! It rivals Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!!.
Anyways, Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers coould be considered one of the “lost” Shin Megami Tensei games. At least, it is for us. It was original a Saturn game back in 1997, then a PS1 game in 1999. Both times, it didn’t make it out of Japan. Which is sad, because it sounds really awesome. If you’re upset, blame Sony because it didn’t allow Atlus to bring over the 1999 release, but it’s better if you don’t dwell and just move forward.
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers for the 3DS has a story identical to the original Saturn and PS1 versions. It is set in Amami City, a place where everyone can get a super fast and advanced PC as part of an experiment into creating a high-tech city. One company, named Argon, supplies everything and maintainers of Paradigm X, a virtual city all residents of Amami City can tap into via their PCs. Players follow an unnamed protagonist and his hacker friends Hitomi, Leader, Lunch, Six and Yuuichi. While hacking, they discover the Demon Summoning Program and a demon named Nemissa ends up coming through, inhabiting Hitomi occasionally, to help the group discover what’s up with Argon and Amami City. That means going through Paradigm X’s dungeons, befriending demons and using them to fight in turn-based battles against other people and demons.
Here’s the first Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers trailer. See how it looks.
Since Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is a port, it’s only natural to expect improvements and new content. Well, there’s plenty. All characters are fully voiced, for one. There is also a new dungeon with Raidou Kuzunoha (Devil Summoner) in it. 30 new demons also appear, but since we’ve never played the original we probably wouldn’t even notice. There will also be 3DS-exclusive controls and extras, like a map on the bottom screen that will fill out maps. If the game’s getting too hard, you can even change the difficulty level to have a map fill out itself.