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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers confirmed for North America


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IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- DECEMBER 19, 2012 -- ATLUS, a brand of Index Digital Media, Inc., announced today that Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Summoner®: Soul Hackers is set for an official release in North America this coming Spring 2013, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™ handheld. Developed by ATLUS and originally released for the Sega Saturn system in Japan back in 1997 and for the PlayStation system in 1999, Soul Hackers will make its debut in North America with a variety of new gameplay features, enhancements, and a full English localization. A new teaser trailer is now available for fans to get a glimpse of this stunning game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIvMsK9vwFI

Soul Hackers delivers a first-person, dungeon-crawling RPG experience set in a future where technology and otherworldly forces meet in a macabre fusion of cyberpunk futurism and gothic horror. A first-person sci-fi RPG epic, Soul Hackers tells of a city held up as a beacon of humanity's triumph of technology, but with an infernal secret. In this would-be utopia, a group of hackers takes on a centuries-old mystic society, and a battle for control over humanity's fate is about to begin.

In the classic tradition of Shin Megami Tensei, players will have the compelling choice throughout their dungeon exploration to fight the enemy demons they encounter, or negotiate with them in an attempt to turn them into allies and teammates. Soul Hackers on 3DS includes access to 30 additional demons, a new opening animation movie and theme song, improved controls, and quicker loading times. Additionally players can use the 3DS' bottom screen as an auto-mapping function, and engage a COMP hack to change difficulty levels on the fly and fill out maps without walking through. After clearing the game initially, the 3DS version of Soul Hackers also delivers an extra dungeon, where players will witness the appearance of Raidou Kuzunoha from the previous Devil Summoner games.

"Soul Hackers' first-week debut at number two among all titles in Japan is a testament to the continuing quality and popularity of the Shin Megami Tensei series, suggesting a bright future on the 3DS," said Tim Pivnicny, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, ATLUS. "With the vast array of new features, content, and extensive localization, this long-awaited release will be even more exciting for fans in North America."

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is not yet rated. For more information, please visit http://www.atlus.com/soulhackers.

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19 Dec 2012 07:32

So, do anyone know why Atlus hate Europe?

The only thing we Europeans can do is pray that the guys at ghostlight will eventually pick up them before people have lost interest in them. The sooner someone figure out a way to make the 3DS region free, the better.
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19 Dec 2012 07:38

Yes, yes.
And soon SMT IV.
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19 Dec 2012 08:28

This is lovely.
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19 Dec 2012 11:35

Can you imagine what it would have been like had it been localized in 1997? Same year FFVII was localized?
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19 Dec 2012 12:57

Rejoice Atlus, for here's all of my moneys for another day-one preor... oh, wait. Nintendo hates you and European Atlus faithfuls and doesn't want us to be friends anymore.
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19 Dec 2012 13:57

n33san wrote:Can you imagine what it would have been like had it been localized in 1997? Same year FFVII was localized?


Considering Soul Hackers was originally a Sega Saturn game, I think that scenario plays itself out. :P (yeah, sadly Saturn was no where near as big here as it was in Japan, and I place part of the blame on the fact lots of really good games, like this one, never got localized at the time) I know a PS1 port did come out in Japan in 1999, but in that case the battle would have been with FFVIII and by that point FF had solidified it's popularity with Western audiences.

But getting more on topic, great to see Atlus confirming this for NA release next year. I need some more RPG goodness on my 3DS. :)
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19 Dec 2012 15:09

zihark wrote:So, do anyone know why Atlus hate Europe?

The only thing we Europeans can do is pray that the guys at ghostlight will eventually pick up them before people have lost interest in them. The sooner someone figure out a way to make the 3DS region free, the better.


Because they don't have a European branch and it is financially nonviable to make one.

Go bug Ghostlight and Rising Star.

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