Before the rise of anime in the West, using Japanese titles for your game’s title was considered marketing death for some reason. So while we have Shin Megami Tensei over here now, the first titles in the series to be released outside of Japan did not carry that title – they were named Revelations instead. Revelations: The Demon Slayer (originally entitled Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible) is one of many side stories in the series.
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In its latest issue, Famitsu has revealed that a Nintendo 3DS remake of Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is currently underway.
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, a sci-fi turn-based RPG originally released only in Japan for the Sega Saturn (1997) and PlayStation (1999), is a sequel to Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner and a spin-off installment of the Megami Tensei series. The 3DS remake, developed by Atlus, will feature improved loading times, additional battle animations and full voice acting.
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers will be released in Japan on August 30. There is no word of an English release, but here’s hoping.
Translation group Aeon Genesis have announced they are producing a translation of the RPG Shin Megami Tensei: if…, an installment of the popular Megami Tensei series released originally for the Super Famicom in 1994.
Rather than being a direct sequel, Shin Megami Tensei: if… is a side story to the Shin Megami Tensei series focusing on a “what if” scenario arising from changes to the final events of Shin Megami Tensei. Shin Megami Tensei: if… features gameplay similar to that of Shin Megami Tensei and Shin Megami Tensei II, both of which were previously translated by Aeon Genesis, where players explore first-person dungeons and engage in turn-based random combat with demons.
The Shin Megami Tensei: if… translation will not be finished for some time, but many fans of the series (and RPGs alike) will be happy to know that the project is underway.