Shin Megami Tensei 4 trailer shows a samurai's duties

By Alice O'Connor, May 16, 2013 6:45am PDT

Becoming a fledgling samurai in Shin Megami Tensei 4 sounds pleasant, but what responsibilities does an initiate have? Cleaning shoes? Answering phones? A new gameplay trailer shows a samurai's duties are far more of the 'wearing a cool wrist computer' and 'slaying demons' variety, thankfully.

Atlus's RPG is set in the year 1492 in the totally-not-Japan-okay kingdom of Mikado. You may recall that 1492 was the year when a demonic army invaded. Players will battle the demons but also recruit them to fight their former chums, in classic SMT style. Expect a branching story, multiple endings, and all that jazz.

Shin Megami Tensei 4 comes to Nintendo 3DS on July 16, a whopping nine years after the last core SMT game, Nocturne, hit North America. The wait between Japanese and western releases is pleasantly short this time around--less than two months.

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