Altus announced Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final just a couple of days ago without giving fans a lot of details on the project. Thankfully some new story details from the latest issue of Famitsu have arrived along with some new screenshots showing off the game itself.
The game is set in the same world as the original and takes place in Tokyo during the year 203X. 25 years ago the people covered the sky with bedrock to save themselves from the chaos resulted because of the war with the gods. This resulted in the population having no means to contact those on the other side. After the battle ended the residents of Tokyo were forced to fight against one another for scare supplies as they are ruled over by Angels and Demons.
4 characters have been described so far:
Protagonist (Voiced by Hiro Shimono): Apprentice in an organization called the Outlaw Hunters. Dies on a mission after being struck by a Demon.
Mysterious Demon (Voiced by Shuichi Ikeda): The demons finds the Protagonist wandering the underworld and giving him a life by forming a contract with him. He also gives the Protagonist the ability to summon demons.
Asahi (Voiced by Seike Tomoko): Childhood friend of the Protagonist and another member of the Outlaw Hunters.
Navarre (Voiced by Shintaro Oohata): The same Samurai from the original game. Finds the Protagonist being unable to find peace in the afterlife. Currently stuck in a green body.
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final’s Character Designer, Masayuki Doi has promised new forms of Merkabah, Lucifer, Medusa and other demons from the previous game.
First screenshots of the game show off the battle system and cutscenes. SMT IV: Final looks really similar to the original which may not be a bad thing. Check out the first Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final screenshots below:
The game’s Producer Kazuyuki Yamai saw down in an interview with Famitsu to talk a bit about the game.
On how the game came into being and the reason of “Final” being in the name:
We were wondering if there was anything we could do that’s characteristic of Maniax [makers of the enhanced version of Nocturne with Dante, and also Shin Megami Tensei IV] and as we investigated on what could be done, we realized that we just wanted to make a completely new title, and the development started there,
’Let’s use this occasion to make everything clear’—those are the thoughts that went into this title, and that’s why we put ‘Final’ in it.
On the appearance of Navvare from the original game:
We wanted to see him in again, and we expect that he’ll be able to expand on the drama, so we decided to have him make a reappearance,
We’ve looked through plenty of fan feedback from Shin Megami Tensei IV, and implemented all the improvements possible. Everything from key input to conversing with demons has been either revamped or improved,
we’ve been focusing on every nook and cranny to work on our goal of making it the number one RPG for the 3DS. And the game will also have content that will make it enjoyable without any problems for even those that have yet to play Shin Megami Tensei IV.
Looks like the team has some pretty high ambitions for the game, hopefully the game delivers on its promises.
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final is scheduled for a February releases for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan.