Atlus is making our dreams come true yet again, as it often does. The company has just commited to releasing the 3DS game Shin Megami Tensei IV in North America. It’s a huge deal, given the 10 year delay between Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne and Shin Megami Tensei IV‘s release. On top of that, it is only the third time an official Shin Megami Tensei game has been released worldwide, as Nocturne and Strange Journey were the only other two to see English released.
Details about Shin Megami Tensei IV are scant, as the game won’t be released in Japan until May 23, 2013. However, we do know it involves Samurai defending the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado from demons. The player character is a newly appointed Samurai who will explore dungeons with colleagues to protect the nation, recruiting demons and eventually determining the world’s fate. Don’t let the terminology fool you though, the screenshots indicate Shin Megami Tensei IV may be set in a post-apocolyptic future.
Shin Megami Tensei IV will also be a huge game. Players will make choices as they play, changing the storyline and their potential party members. As usual, these will determine a Lawful, Neutral or Chaotic alignment and influence the ending. There’s more to it than that though. This is the largest game in terms of the demon compendium as there will be 400 to possibly acquire and, for the first time, demons will be able to evolve during play.
There’s one more important detail. Atlus’ first press release reveals Shin Megami Tensei IV will be the most expensive 3DS game so far. The tentative price is $49.99. 3DS games are typically $34.99-$39.99, with quite a few even coming in at $29.99. Be prepared to put a little extra aside to make sure you can cover this game when it’s released in Summer 2013.
I’m okay with the $50 price point. What do you think? I know I usually replay Shin Megami Tensei games at least once, so spending that much on a game I’ll likely play at least twice doesn’t phase me.
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