As we recently announced, Atlus has stated that Shin Megami Tensei will be released in North America on March 10, 2010 for the Nintendo DS. The game is the second in the Shin Megami Tensei series that will be released exclusively for the DS. The game was released in Japan on October 8, 2009. We now have new information about the gameplay, story, and more!
The game takes place in Antarctica instead of in Japan, which is a first for the Shin Megami Tensei series. Kazuma Kaneko, the game’s producer and creative designer, has stated that this change was made to allow the game to appeal to players outside of Japan. While in my personal opinion this change is not necessary (as running around Japan with your personal demon and angel entourage is fun), it is a fresh twist for the series and allows the creative team of the game to try something new.
The basic story of the game is that a massive black hole appears in the south pole region because of an atomic collapse. In response to this threat to humanity, the United Nations sends a team to investigate. Upon arrival, the team of researchers finds that the area is infested with supernatural beings who are trying to infest our world. Players can assume that the black hole is a rift in our world that links us to the demon world.
The Shin Megami Tensei series is very enjoyable, because players not only have to destroy demons (or align with them in some games), but they can also recruit and bribe them so that the demon’s fight with them. Players can then level up the demons by fighting (which grow stronger and learn new skills) and also fuse their demons together for new and stronger demons. To the average person who hasn’t played a Shin Megami Tensei game, this may sound like another Pokemon “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” game. Those people couldn’t be more wrong. Shin Megami Tensei tells a dark story with intriguing plot twists and explores themes of life, death, and moral responsibility for the human race.
The new game promises a different battle system than Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. Where Devil Survivor was a turn-based tactical combat game, Strange Journey will be a dungeon crawling RPG with turn-based battles, similar to Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturn. The game provides over 300 monsters to populate your team with and promises an enjoyable experience for players old, and new, to the series!
The official website for the game can be found here, and is still in development.
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