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Atlus and Sega announced that the sequel to Shin Megami Tensei 4 is coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. An announcement date and price have not been set yet, but it was revealed that the game is due for release on Nintendo's new hybrid console. You can catch the trailer below:
The news was announced over on the official Atlus Japanese website, where a brief synopsis of the story (that really doesn't explain much of anything at all) and the teaser trailer were revealed.
The game specs were also doled out at the bottom of the piece, but there aren't any notable details other than that it will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive for the time being, and it has no price or release date... yet.
The story itself is typical oddball fanfare that one would expect from the Shin Megami Tensei series. Players take on the role of a studious high school student who must discover the mysteries behind Daath and the Shekinah Glory.
Things take a drastic turn for the worst when the protagonists stumble upon fallen Devil warriors of old littering the Japanese subway tunnels. Why are there a bunch of large "Devils" from ancient times scattered throughout the tunnels? No idea. And who killed them? That's for you to figure out.
The trailer then shows an outdoor shot as Japan lies in ruins with demons flying overhead. The boy and girl high school students are then swarmed by the flying demons, and while the girl cowers on the ground, the boy is ripped to shreds.
It's a fairly gruesome depiction to help lure gamers into the upcoming Shin Megami Tensei 5, but it's also not unexpected.
The last two outings in the series -- Shin Megami Tensei 4 and Shin Megami Tensei 4: Apocalypse -- had their own gruesome moments to share. The game is arriving some four years after the fourth game originally came out back in 2013. The more recent outing of Shin Megami Tensei 4: Apocalypse was a Nintendo 3DS exclusive that came out just last year in the middle of 2016.
Given the proximity of the announcement to the last game's release, it's unlikely that Nintendo Switch owners will be seeing the newest game release anytime soon. There was a one year gap between the announcement of Shin Megami Tensei 4 and the release on the Nintendo 3DS, so it stands to reason that Switch owners may not see Shin Megami Tensei 5 make its debut on store shelves until, maybe, fall of 2018.
Earlier in the year, Atlus announced that it would be bringing a new Shin Megami game exclusively to the Switch, but no one knew what it would be. Well, now we know that it's an Unreal Engine 4-powered JRPG that continues the story of a post-apocalyptic Japan having to fend itself off from a demon invasion. Now all we have to do is wait for more details regarding the price and release date.