Atlus announced a while back that the mysterious new Shin Megami Tensei game coming to The Nintendo Switch would be officially revealed today, October 23, 2017. Well, obviously today has come, and so has that promised reveal. Atlus debuted a live stream this morning for which fans eagerly counted down the minutes. Finally, the show began with a few minutes of looking back on past SMT games, culminating in a grand, epic, one-minute trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V.
Rest in peace, Dakini. So yeah, Atlus basically just said “Shin Megami Tensei V for Nintendo Switch, okay, bye.” And that was the end of the whole thing in its entirety. And honestly, that’s all that was needed. The haunting soundtrack overlaying the bloody remains of those demons, the protagonists being swarmed and apparently eaten alive.
Death is everywhere in this trailer, which is nothing new to the series, and it’s also not the first time a SMT protagonist has been killed in the beginning as part of the plot. Though it would have been nice to see some actual gameplay and more of the game world. All we really know now is what we already knew before – that a SMT game was being made for the Switch. There really wasn’t any new thing revealed except that it would be a main numbered game. No release date, either.
Shin Megami Tensei V is the second current-gen game in the series to be announced exclusively on a Nintendo platform. It follows Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, a remake available on 3DS and 2DS systems next year. What might have flown under fans’ radars is the PC release of a Jack Frost spinoff game called Synchronicity Prologue, starring probably the most famous of the SMT and Persona demons. Atlus is going big, and that’s nothing but good news for its fans.
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