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#1 Cao Cao

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:48 AM

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Register Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV with Club Nintendo by August 31st, 2013, and you'll get a $30 eShop credit. You can register the physical or digital releases, and it's retroactive.
 
 
Release Dates
JP: May 25th, 2013
US: July 16th, 2013 $49.99 MSRP
EU: TBA

In the US, at all retailers, the first print run will be a Limited Edition that includes:
  • The game
  • A 176-page full-color artbook/starter strategy guide
  • A soundtrack CD
  • A "deluxe-sized slipcase" (i.e. a larger cardboard box)
Pre-Order Bonus Costume DLC
All of these retailer-exclusive DLCs are costumes for the Protagonist.
GameStop: "Auric Armor" An orange Medieval/Samurai outfit with a small "GS" in the middle
Amazon: "Prime Coat" A Cardboard-pattern robe, with Amazon smiles and boxes
EB Games Canada: "Power Hoodie" A spiffy Black and Red hoodie
 
Shin Megami Tensei IV General Overview
SMTIV is, in a nutshell, a turn-based RPG where you can recruit demons to fight in your party. Demons are recruited via negotiation; some demons will go with you if you tell them what they want to hear, most will need a bit of a push (bribe). You can level-up your demons in battle, and fuse them into stronger demons.
 
This game kicks off in a medieval-style kingdom, the "Eastern Kingdom of Mikado." Mikado is divided into three castes: Luxurors (nobles), Casualries (peasants), and the Samurai (warriors chosen from the other two castes). The general public considers the Samurai to be the Kingdom's protectors, but they do not know the Samurai's true duty: exterminate demonic threats outside the city walls.
 
You are an apprentice Samurai, one of five apprentices chosen by a computer-like gauntlet during the annual Gauntlet Rite. You will play an important role in the events to come; a booming voice in a dream tells you that your decisions will now impact the entire universe.
 
Your fellow apprentices are not your only allies. The Samurai Gauntlet gives you the power to negotiate with, recruit, and summon demon allies.
 
After some adventuring, your team eventually stumbles into modern-era Tokyo, which is in a state of perpetual darkness due to a demon invasion.
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Wait, SMTIV? Where are the other 3?
Yes, the IV in the title indicates that this is the fourth title in the mainline series. The Shin Megami Tensei series has had a great amount of spin-offs. You're probably most familiar with the Persona series, or you might have played one of the others like Devil Survivor, Strange Journey, Digital Devil Saga, DemiKids, If..., and/or Devil Summoner.
 
Instead of reading my ramblings, I recommend heading over to HG101's excellent retrospective of the entire SMT series.
 
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So what does Shin Megami Tensei IV add?
Well, for one, it's bringing back the "Press Turn" system introduced in Nocturne. Hit an enemy with their weakness, and you get an extra turn. SMTIV introduces a new wrinkle with the "Smirk" status. Basically, when you get an extra turn, there's a chance that your character will "Smirk," increasing your damage output and reducing your vulnerabilities. Keep in mind that you and your demons have weaknesses, so your enemies can also gain extra turns and potentially Smirk.
 
Rather than using random battles, SMTIV takes a page out of the Persona 3/4 handbook by having enemies wander around the field. This allows you to avoid enemies or get a pre-emptive attack in if you smack them on the field before they touch you.
 
Side-missions, called "Challenge Quests," are abundant at the local Samurai hang-out, K's Tavern. Re-visit old dungeons, fight stronger demons, etc. for EXP and quest rewards.
 
Other minor stuff:
- You can now fuse demons mid-battle.
- Changing armor now changes your character's appearance on the field.
(This section to be expanded when I learn more)
 
Media
E3 2013 Trailer:

 
"The Samurai Way" Trailer:

 
"The Ritual" Trailer:

 
 
Japanese Trailers:
First Trailer
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=u-jHQ2zAmmw
Second trailer (This is the "Uncut" version shown at TGS)
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=6Qk8V3VcGKk
Third trailer from 2/21 Nintendo Direct
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=UnwopvNSCQU

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Edited by Cao Cao, 22 September 2013 - 09:32 AM.


#2 jello44

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 02:46 AM

Welp, gots to get me a 3DS.

#3 ChibiJosh

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 09:16 PM

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#4 Twilight Sparkle

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:29 AM

Wonderfully unexpected news!
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#5 Cao Cao

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 04:57 AM

They made a small update to the website, now there's some background music (a new version of the original SMT title theme), and a confirmation that Team Maniacs is working on it, the developers of the Maniacs re-release of Nocturne (as their name implied), the two Raidou Kuzunoha games, and the Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers remake for 3DS. (source) It was also confirmed a while back that the first trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV would be included with Soul Hackers.

Speaking of Soul Hackers, Atlus released some new gameplay videos of the 3DS version last week:

Compare the first video to the PSOne version (Skip to 8:10):

The 3DS version moves much more quickly, thanks to smoother movement and the total lack of battle loading times. :)

Edited by Cao Cao, 22 February 2013 - 05:02 AM.


#6 Cao Cao

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 06:01 PM

Some screens from the SMTIV trailer inside Soul Hackers have been leaked out (GAF Thread). Looks like they're taking it in the same direction as Nocturne (Third-Person view). Releasing in Japan 2013.
EDIT: More leaked pictures coming in from Siliconera. Also, this will be the first main-line Shin Megami Tensei that is fully-voiced.

I also put the images from both places up into imgur albums.
GAF pics (5)
Siliconera pics (17)

Edited by Cao Cao, 27 August 2012 - 08:58 PM.


#7 Cao Cao

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 08:32 AM

qwerasdf4195 uploaded the trailer itself on Youtube! (And much like an early movie trailer, it's mostly just people standing around)

Edited by Cao Cao, 22 February 2013 - 05:02 AM.


#8 Dead of Knight

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:04 PM

This trailer is a masterpiece.
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#9 detectiveconan16

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:40 PM

Yes it is, but I wonder exactly how it's going to play if one of the developers wants to make it the best JRPGs out there. I'm really sick of the 1st person dungeon crawler look, and hopefully the multiple characters shown in the trailer better make it a third person perspective.

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#10 Dead of Knight

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:39 PM

I honestly wasn't a fan of SMT3 and Strange Journey, I'm much more of a fan of Persona (2-3) and DDS. But this trailer is just so damn good (the music is PERFECT) that it has my interest piqued. This is how you do a first trailer.
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#11 Cao Cao

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:14 AM

http://megaten4.jp/
The official site was slightly updated. Now it shows the main character's silhouette and now plays a track that is presumably from the SMTIV soundtrack.

#12 AZR43L

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 04:03 PM

New trailer out! Shows some gameplay.
Edit: Shows a lot of gameplay, some battle gameplay.



#13 Cao Cao

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:10 AM

A translation of the voices has been posted on Pastebin:
http://pastebin.com/RcmBYXfT

COMP?: Hello, human. Stay alert. I've detected a strong demon nearby.
COMP?: Be careful, sir. You've entered an area full of demons.
Male Voice 1: Creatures innumerable arise from their sleep in the earth.
Male Voice 2: Mene, Mene, Tekel u-Pharshin!
Head Priest: Commencing fusion.
Male Voice (probably Walter): Samurai, we must work together for the good of the country.
Female Voice 1: This land is entering a new millennium.
Johnathan: ...I understand that I am speaking out of place, but please, let us go on the expedition with you!
Hove: I permit it. We'll take you along with us.
Isabeau: The true duty of the samurai my father never told me about...
Walter: There's nothing wrong with having fun fighting demons. I don't think the samurai are wrong.
Male Voice 1: Distinctions like that disappear when you corner someone.
Female Voice: Adam didn't eat the fruit because he wanted an apple. He ate it because it was forbidden.
Isabeau: ...Or you can walk the path you choose with your chin held high.
Walter: You think you're being kind--that's just turning a blind eye to the truth.
Johnathan: There's a diference between courage and recklessness.
Female Voice: You poor things... This country is changing in terrible ways. Letting it build up won't be permitted.
Male Voice 1: We're in trouble if the demons spread any more than they already have.
Female Voice: Something great has ben set into motion.
Walter: I want to change this awful world!


EDIT: Siliconera made some subtitles for the trailer:
http://www.siliconer...ewing-pleasure/

Edited by Cao Cao, 21 September 2012 - 08:23 AM.


#14 Dead of Knight

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:41 AM

Field graphics look pretty good, but battle... :puke:
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#15 detectiveconan16

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:26 PM

Yeah, the DQ-style battles still remain and that's disappointing. I don't really like the character designs that much, so having them do the Persona battle system here won't be that nice either.

The guy with the poofy hair on the back kinda reminds me of the Trilogy Movie version of Kamille Bidan.

So the organization is called SAMURAI, really?

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#16 Cao Cao

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 02:21 AM

It has an article in this week's Famitsu. Aeana of NeoGAF tweeted some links to the scans:
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...along with a link to a blog post that summarizes the article's major points:
http://bdashnews.wor...led-by-famitsu/

Shin Megami Tensei IV detailed by Famitsu

This week’s Famitsu magazine has an information blow out on Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS) with some pretty surprising twists. As expected from the trailer released earlier this week, the character and new demon designs are not the work of series veteran Kazuma Kaneko. Instead, the character designs are the work of Masayuki Doi (Trauma Center series). Other staff revealed include:

Director – Kazuyuki Yamai (Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne Maniax, Raidou series)
Art director – Eiji Ishida (Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne, Strange Journey)
Composer – Ryota Kozuka (Trauma Team, Soul Hackers 3DS opening theme)
Main programmer – Satoshi Ooyama (Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne Maniax, Raidou series)
Sound director – Kenichi Tsuchiya (Shin Megami Tensei series, Persona series)

The new demon designs are not the work of any one individual, but rather a series of guest designers famous for their work on various Japanese live-action special effects series like Kamen Rider. The magazine has shared a number of new demon designs, along with their respective designer:

Raphael – Keita Amemiya (Kamen Rider ZO, Zeiram)
Omoikane – Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police, Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl)
Kuebiko – Kyouma Aki (Godannar, Persona 4 The Animation)
Saburo Koga – Tamotsu Shinohara (Kamen Rider 555, Kamen Rider Ryuki)
Asmodeus – Yasushi Nirasawa (Kamen Rider Blade, Kamen Rider Kabuto)

The article also reveals the names of each of the main characters and their respective voice talent, long time fans can rest easy knowing that the protagonist remains an unnamed individual without a voice of his own. The voice cast for his friends are listed below:

Isabeau – Miyuki Sawashiro
Jonathan – Hiroshi Kamiya
Walter – Katsuyuki Konishi
Navarre – Shintarou Oohata

The story itself is set in what appears to be a post-apocalyptic setting of sorts, with the main characters being a team of so called Samurai hailing from a middle-ages style castle city known as Mikado of the East. The Samurai of this country are those equipped with electronic gauntlets with the Demon Summoning Program installed. They journey from their stronghold to the land of Tokyo which has fallen to darkness, to fight the expansion of the demon influence.


EDIT: Famitsu put up an article, with many of the scans and some artwork:
http://www.famitsu.c...9/20021387.html

Edited by Cao Cao, 19 September 2012 - 04:12 PM.


#17 Dead of Knight

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 09:42 PM

No Kaneko or Meguro=No sale. Or at least a lot warier of sale...
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#18 detectiveconan16

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 01:32 PM

Guest designers for the demons? If that's it, it's not that big of news. Kamen Riders designers doing it? That's slightly bigger.

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 12:59 AM

The battle animations seem pretty lazy

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#20 Cao Cao

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:32 AM

The "uncut" version of the second trailer has been posted on Youtube:

Edited by Cao Cao, 22 February 2013 - 05:02 AM.


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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:52 AM

More news: http://kotaku.com/59...-a-release-date

Yes, the main characters work for SAMURAI. They come from a land lost in time and have come to the modern world. They even have an Emperor, named Ahazuya.

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#22 Cao Cao

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:00 PM

Plenty of recent news: First, the third trailer was shown during last night's Nintendo Direct, along with some gameplay footage. Next, there's the limited edition 3DSXL bundle, the release date (May 23rd), and the box art.



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Misc. stuff: Details of what happens when you lose a battle, and the difficulty settings
Details of the "Smirking" system (COMIC!)

EDIT: Changed video link to subtitled version

Edited by Cao Cao, 24 February 2013 - 10:06 AM.


#23 Cao Cao

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:36 AM

Fourth trailer (More of an overview this time):

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#24 Cao Cao

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:16 AM

US release announced:
http://www.atlus.com/smt4/index.html

Summer 2013.

PR (Taken from GAF):

Shin Megami Tensei Returns

The Mature-themed Role Playing Game Franchise Is Back After a Decade With
Shin Megami Tensei IV

IRVINE, Calif. – April 2, 2013 – It’s been nearly ten years since the last chapter closed in the original Shin Megami Tensei® role playing game (RPG) series, but the long wait is nearly over. Developed by the award-winning ATLUS team, Shin Megami Tensei IV (SMTIV) features powerful new demons, expansive dungeons, epic story arcs with branching plot lines, game-altering decision making, and more. Built specifically for the Nintendo 3DS™ system with optimized graphics, 3-D dungeons, voiced dialogue, and StreetPass functionality, SMTIV will be a premium title available this summer.

Building on the styles of ATLUS’ Persona, Devil Summoner, and Devil Survivor titles, SMTIV is the first true successor to 2004’s Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. The story of SMTIV revolves around the Samurai, the sacred protectors of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado. As a newly appointed Samurai, players will struggle with factions that have nefarious designs on the world as they defend their home kingdom from a growing army of demons. Decisions players make throughout the course of the story will have lasting repercussions, as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Shin Megami Tensei IV blends familiar features from previous SMT games with all-new features that take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS system, including:

  • A World to Discover, A Mystery to Uncover – The life of a Samurai is fraught with peril. Players must leave the safety of the kingdom in order to defend it from the invading demons. There the story unfolds as they become involved in a fierce battle between God and demons.
  • Demon Collection and Fusion – The core mechanic of the Shin Megami Tensei series returns with more than 400 demons to recruit, collect, and fuse together. Players will constantly be challenged with balancing the strengths of their demons to ultimately excel in battle.
  • Choices and Consequences – Throughout the player’s journey, they must choose their own path. The choices will affect them, other NPCs, and the overall outcome of the story. Branching story paths require careful consideration since the fates of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado and the rest of the world hang in the balance.
  • Pressing the Combat Advantage – The Press Turn system requires strategic thinking for every battle. Pinpointing an enemy’s weakness will provide a vital extra turn for players to exploit. But there are dangers as well…reckless attacks against demons cause players to lose their turns and give the enemy an opening to strike back.

“The return of the legendary Shin Megami Tensei series is one of the biggest milestones yet for ATLUS and the 3DS,” said Naoto Hiraoka, president and chief executive officer, Index Digital Media, Inc. “Since this is the first title from the original SMT series in a decade, we tapped the best developers from many of ATLUS’ acclaimed projects including Nocturne, Strange Journey, Persona, and Soul Hackers to create a premium experience that lives up to our fans’ and our own expectations.”

Shin Megami Tensei IV will be exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS system and sold as a premium title beginning this summer. The game is expected to receive an M rating from the ESRB, but is not yet rated. More details will be revealed in the future, with updates on the official SMTIV website at http://www.atlus.com/smt4.



#25 Dead of Knight

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 03:33 PM

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#26 R. Kasahara

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 04:41 PM

There was no question that we'd get this, but so soon? Pretty sweet.

I probably won't pick it up right away, though... got so much else to play.
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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:15 PM

I like how they start charging SE tax on this.

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#28 Cao Cao

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:00 PM

I like how they start charging SE tax on this.


Yeah, it's up for pre-order on Amazon, and it looks like the MSRP is $49.99:
http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B00C1ZBFTW/

#29 Josh1billion

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 12:41 AM

Woooooot! That's crazy that it's coming to the U.S. so close to the Japanese release date, when a U.S. release hadn't even been formally announced yet. My initial plan was to import it (+ a 3DS), but I'll just buy the U.S. version instead and save a couple hundred bucks.

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#30 FatBoyInside

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 04:13 AM

I just hope it will not start a trend to have 3ds titles at $50 msrp. Did it backfire for RE:Revelations sales? I'm sure the value is there, and hopefully some limited swag or dlc will be included.

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