Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse getting western release

Got 60 hours to kill and a hankering for post-apocalyptic RPGs?


Don't let the subtitle of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse fool you. Subtitled "Final" in Japan, Apocalypse isn't a remastering or director's edition-esque packaging of the fourth entry in Atlus's post-apocalyptic RPG series, but a new game that shares connections with Shin Megami Tensei IV. New world, new story, new characters, all exclusive to Japan—until now.

Atlus issues a press release confirming that Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse will be available for Nintendo 3DS this summer. A copy will run you $49.99, or $64.99 in Canada.

That's a big price tag, but Apocalypse is a big game. "The story of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is one of human pawns being shuffled across a chessboard by the higher deities," according to Atlus's press release. "One lone Hunter, the game's protagonist, meets an early demise and through a pact with a lesser god, is brought back to life in exchange for his pledge of servitude."

Don't expect matters to get any easier after rising from the dead. You'll have to align with other Hunters to decide between peace or anarchy. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse's mammoth plot, which crosses over with events in the original Shin Megami Tensei IV, is bolstered by new combat mechanics and the ability to join demons together to create new, powerful demons.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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