Atlus has announced that the next chapter in the popular Shin Megami Tensei will be arriving stateside for gamers in America. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse will be released sometime during the summer of 2016.
Game Informer picked up the news from Atlus, who accompanied the announcement about the Nintendo 3DS title coming to America with an announcement trailer that you can check out below.
The story follows the shaven-headed kid you see in the trailer above. Originally the character dies in the demon onslaught taking place during post-apocalyptic Tokyo, but is brought back to life by a lesser god named Dagda to do his bidding. Players will be in a position to choose whether they will battle for peace or fight for anarchy.
As showcased in the video above, Shin Megami Tensei has a power dynamic happening in post-apocalyptic Tokyo, where angels and demons are fighting, and humans are caught (and slaughtered) in between.
The latest entry in the JRPG series will follow the blurred lines between right, wrong, good, evil, and the price of peace along with the chaos of anarchy. Part of the story they hope to tell is how humans fit into an apocalyptic scenario where many are fodder for deities, and at what lengths they will journey to seek balance... or power.
One of the really neat things about this bit of news is that Game Informer quoted Atlus in a blog entry where they discussed the localization process for Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, and how they came up with the name. They tried avoiding any direct references to a specific religion, and they wanted to keep the subtitle succinct to avoid the box art being filled from top to bottom with text.
In Japan a lot of subtitles can be summed up with a single Kanji symbol that explains the intent of the title, or represents a phrase or expression. In English you can't just use a single symbol, so Atlus wanted a word that best represented the original's intent,which was Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final. However, according to the blog post the symbol used represented a dichotomy between peace and anarchy.
In the end, Atlus decided that “Apocalypse” best summed up the game's scenario and the situation that players would be faced with throughout the game.
Like previous Shin Megami Tensei titles, players will be able to expand their catalog of demon summons, as well as infuse captured demons and utilize them during battle. The game boasts more than 450 different demons that players will fight, fuse and recruit to their party throughout the journey.
The traditional turn-based system will also make a return in this entry of Shin Megami Tensei, but there are added mechanics for players and enemies to exploit during battle to make the most of their abilities.
As stated at the top of the article, Shin Megami Tensei: Apocalypse will make its way to the Americas this summer for the Nintendo 3DS.