smtiv screens 04 e1364931696846 Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to the Nintendo 3DS

While there have been a few Persona games and other offshoots, we haven’t seen an official release of the Shin Megami Tensei series in nearly a decade.  That’s about to change, as Shin Megami Tensei IV has been officially announced for the Nintendo 3DS.

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’ PersonaDevil 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.

Hopefully it won’t have the same high random encounter rate as Digital Devil Saga, but I have to admit that the Nintendo 3DS is turning into a great system for RPG fans.  If you want to see more, check out the screens below.