Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse Heading West


Atlus has been rather quiet on the localization front following the release of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final in Japan earlier this year, but a new trailer has brought some good news for series fans. The standalone sequel to 2013’s Shin Megami Tensei IV will be known as Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse in the West, and is set to launch in summer this year.

 The trailer establishes the foundation of the story, which takes place within the same world and timeline as Shin Megami Tensei IV. This time around, the protagonist is resurrected by a deity known as Dagda, and is tasked with bringing either peace or anarchy to the chaotic remnants of Tokyo. In true Shin Megami Tensei fashion, this extends beyond the realm of mortal conflict, and depending on player choice, may result in deicide. Apocalypse will feature allusions to the plot and characters of the base game, but the story is standalone, and can be experienced without prior knowledge.

The battle system is also updated, with a revised Press Turn system that allows for dynamic turn-based combat. In combination with the new Partner system allowing for one of seven unique companions to aid you in battle, plus the expanded 450+ strong demon library to collect and fuse, there’s plenty to experience in the field of battle.

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final will land in the Americas in summer this year, though no official confirmation has been made for Europe. Given the prior record of Atlus and European localization, expect significant delays.