Shin Megami Tensei V should release sometime before March 31st, 2021

The countdown begins

Atlus maintained radio silence on Shin Megami Tensei V for quite a long time after the initial announcement, but the game recently saw release of a new trailer. That should mean the game's launch date is sneaking up, but just when should we expect it?

While Atlus hasn't shared a release date yet, a SEGA's recent fiscal report does shed a bit of light on the situation. In that report, we see that Shin Megami Tensei V is slated to release sometime this fiscal year. That would mean Shin Megami Tensei V would have to release sometime before March 31st, 2021, as that's when the fiscal year ends.

Famitsu most wanted for Mar. 19th to Mar. 25th, 2020

Don't hold your breath

The latest issue of Famitsu has revealed the most wanted Switch games this week from readers of the publication. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is the most anticipated Switch title for the week of March 19th, 2020 with 426 total votes, as who wouldn't be excited for the sequel to such a legendary title? Shin Megami Tensei V (which hasn't even been seen since 2017) is the 2nd most wanted game with 353 votes. Yo-kai Gakuen Y and Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin make their Famitsu most wanted debut at 13th and 14th place respectively. Check out the full top 14 list of most anticipated Switch releases below.

Atlus reconfirms that Shin Megami Tensei V is 'under active development'

Still toiling away on this one

We really haven't seen or heard much about Shin Megami Tensei V since it was originally announced years ago. This has lead to many fans worrying about the game's progress. Atlus has already assuaged fears once back in November by saying rumors of the game's cancellation were flat-out untrue. Now Atlus has once again confirmed that the title is moving ahead.

This week's issue of Famitsu includes a plethora of new year's messages from game devs and pubs, and Atlus is among them. Atlus made mention of Shin Megami Tensei V in their blurb, stating that the game is still 'under active development.' While no other details were shared, it does seem likely that the curtain will be lifted a bit more on this game in 2020.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Atlus customer service reassures fan that Shin Megami Tensei V is still in development

Work continues on the new installment

Shin Megami Tensei V was announced quite some time ago, but we haven't really heard much of anything on the game's development since that reveal. Some fans were starting to get worried that the game has been canned, which lead to one Redditor reaching out to Atlus customer service about the game. Surprisingly, an Atlus rep responded with a very definite answer to his question.

The game is still being worked on. Any rumors about Shin Megami Tensei V being cancelled are made up.

We all know how it goes with customer service reps from time to time, so we can't take this comment as 100% accurate. That said, we have no other reason to believe anything different at the moment.

Famitsu most wanted for Oct. 3rd to Oct. 9th, 2019

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE makes the rankings

Pokémon Sword & Shield continues to be the most wanted Switch game from Famitsu readers for the third week in a row! Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore takes a ranking for the first time at spot #11 based on votes. Check out the full list of Famitsu Most Wanted from October 3rd-9th below.

Pokémon Sword/Shield (Switch) – 678
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – 416
Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 297
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Switch) – 267
Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 225
Ushiro (Switch) – 186
Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch) – 182
Rune Factory 5 (Switch) – 117
Momotaro Dentetsu ~Showa Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!~ (Switch) – 92
TRIALS of MANA (Switch) – 85
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Switch) – below 85
Super Robot Taisen X (Switch) – below 85

Atlus on how Joker came to be in Smash Bros. Ultimate, chances of Persona 5 on Switch, and Shin Megami Tensei V's development

Some answers, some teases, and more

Is Persona 5 coming to Switch? How did Joker get included in Smash Bros. Ultimate? What's up with Shin Megami Tensei V? If you're looking for some answers, as well as some PR responses, we've got the feature for you. The responses below come straight from Atlus' Naoto Hiraoka. Obviously there's somethings he can't say, but all responses are at least interesting.

On Joker in Smash Bros. Ultimate

Joker joining the roster in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is mainly due to invitation from Masahiro Sakurai (Sora Ltd.), and thus contributed the collaboration. Because Mr. Sakurai likes Persona 5 very much, and I happened to like Super Smash Bros. very much. So, when (we) received the invitation, the first thing we thought is “Great!”, and we are very happy to build mutual corporation.

On Persona 5 coming to Switch

On this point, we have no concrete answer, but in my point of view. Nintendo Switch is a very charismatic console.

On SMTV's status

Shin Megami Tensei V is still in development, but as it’s the first time ATLUS challenge of developing games on Nintendo Switch, so there’s many approaches. And the way to present the works is our challenge from now on, please patiently wait for upcoming information.

Shin Megami Tensei V producer tells fans to wait just a bit longer for new info on the game

Shin Megami Tensei V Producer Kazuyuki Yamai shared some thoughts on the upcoming year in this week's issue of Famitsu. Check out details on what he had to say below.

- the team is steadily working on Shin Megami Tensei V
- he's sorry he can't yet reveal more details on the game
- developers are taking some more time while implementing Unreal Engine 4 and working on the details of the game
- Yamai would be happy if fans can hang in there just a tad longer to get some new info

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!


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