We knew that a brand-new entry in the venerated Shin Megami Tensei series was coming to Nintendo’s immensely-popular Switch console, but who would have guessed that Atlus would go full steam ahead with the next numbered entry in the franchise with such haste? Shin Megami Tensei V is officially coming, and it’s looking pretty sick. Check out the reveal trailer below:
The source of the great abyss is torn asunder
A window to the heavens is opened
We are seeking a new legend
That was pretty grim.
It seems that these days, any mention of the Shin Megami Tensei series falls mainly under the umbrella of the massively-popular Persona 5, rather than within the realm of the outwardly bleak and relatively complicated world of turn-based demon fighting RPGs the series found its genesis in. That’s understandable, however — the Persona spinoff series placed the grim task of collecting mythical demons into the hands of a bunch of stylish and (mostly) relatable teens, and turned that burden into a unique form of self-expression.
Slickly-produced and full of character, it’s no wonder the Persona games have found a wider audience, and that’s OK. It remains an undeniable fact however that the audience is still there for a traditional SMT experience, as evidenced by the success of Shin Megami Tensei IV on the Nintendo 3DS. It seems Atlus are content then, in continuing the main series on Nintendo‘s consoles, and I’m willing to bet that the Switch’s popularity won’t be dwindling anytime soon, especially in light of this massive announcement.