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Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse DLC Information Revealed

It wouldn't be a Shin Megami Tensei game without plenty of demons. Thankfully, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse has a series record of 450+ demons from various mythologies to fight, fuse, or recruit. If you're new to the series and this sounds a little complicated, don't fret. Collecting demons is ADDICTING, and it's pretty much like that monster catching game everyone's been playing on their phone... except, no joke, its way better.

When encountering demons in Tokyo such as the fabulous Napaea or strong Centaur, players can fight, negotiate, or flee. While annihilating every single demon may be the knee jerk reaction, negotiating with them opens up a wealth of options that can greatly benefit the party. Choosing to talk to demons opens up a dialogue tree that gives players to opportunity to recruit them or receive items/bonuses. A successfully recruited demon can be summoned to fight alongside the protagonist, but if negotiations fail demons will happily tear you to shreds.

Once a demon has been added to the party, they'll gain experience, new abilities, and stronger attributes with every victory in battle. The protagonists can also learn powerful new skills from demons that level up, but that's not even the best part about demon collection. Using the Cathedral of Shadows, monsters can be fused together to create even stronger ones! Mix and match or use recommended formulas to create the demon of your dreams (or nightmares)!

The plot of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse overlaps with Shin Megami Tensei IV (and features some familiar characters), but no previous experience with the original is required! The game features:

Divine Intrigue - Choose between peace or anarchy while being a pawn in the gods' chess game.
Combat Partners - Hunting demons is dangerous, so count on some backup! Alongside the standard three demons, players will be able to rely on one of seven partners to help win battles.
Oodles of Demons - Be on your guard because Tokyo is infested with a series record 450+ demons to fight, fuse, or recruit.
Revamped Demon Fusion - Demons will have affinities for certain skills, so players can better plan the outcome of fusions.
Classic SMT Combat - Prospective Hunters will exploit weaknesses, boost attributes, and unlock skill bonuses with the returning Press Turn and Smirking systems.
Oh, and we have information about a ton of DLC we'll be releasing for the game. From vanity items to new quests, the SMTIV: A DLC offers content that will enrich the demon hunting experience. Take a look at the details below!

Bonus Item: Asahi/Nozomi Set
Price: $0.99
Availability: 9/20/2016
Description: Now you, too, can look like Asahi and Nozomi, thanks to these helmets! Must become an official Hunter before you can access them.

Bonus Item: Green Pompadour
Price: $0.99
Availability: 9/20/2016
Description: Now you, too, can be as smug as Navarre! Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Movie: Fall of Tokyo Promo Video
Price: Free
Availability: 9/20/2016
Description: A look into the events that set SMTIV: A in motion (warning: contains graphic content). Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Item: Earring Set
Price: Free for a week, then $0.49
Availability: 9/20/2016
Description: The "Peace Earring" and "Anarchy Earring" are redeemed from the eShop. Must become an official Hunter before you can access them.

Bonus Quest: A GodSlayer Needs Levels
Price: $2.99
Availability: 9/20/2016
Description: This Challenge Quest provides a means to level up quickly by gaining EXP-increasing items for your party. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it. Recommended for players that have reached the Fairy Forest.

Bonus Add-On: Ranking Program 1
Price: Free
Availability: 9/20/2016
Description: This add-on uses the highest-ranked demons from DDS Cards acquired via StreetPass to power up the same demons in your stock. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Quest: A GodSlayer Needs Demons
Price: $1.99
Availability: 9/27/2016
Description: This Challenge Quest grants you access to the "Demon Market," where you spend Macca to buy pre-trained demons. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Quest: A GodSlayer Needs Macca
Price: $2.99
Availability: 9/27/2016
Description: This is a Challenge Quest that helps you increase your Macca. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Add-On: Ranking Program 2
Price: Free
Availability: 9/27/2016
Description: This add-on determines the highest-ranked Main Partners from people whom you made StreePass exchanges with and powers those Partners up for you! Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Item: Chiro Mask
Price: $0.99
Availability: 9/27/2016
Description: A mask that makes you look like Hallelujah's partner, Chironnupu. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Item: Avatar's Hat
Price: $0.99
Availability: 9/27/2016
Description: Dress just like Krishna with this snazzy fedora. Flute not included. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Quest: A GodSlayer Needs Apps
Price: $2.49
Availability: 9/27/2016
Description: This is a Challenge Quest that helps you increase your App Points. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it. Recommended for players that have reached the Fairy Forest.

Bonus Item: Tokyo's Past Set
Price: Free
Availability: 9/27/2016
Description: Download the Cute Glasses, Secret Eye Power Seal, and Surgical Mask! Must become an official Hunter before you can access them.

Bonus Add-On: Extra Difficulty Levels
Price: Free
Availability: 10/4/2016
Description: This free add-on unlocks "Paradise," the easiest difficulty setting for RPG newcomers and "Apocalypse," the hardest difficulty setting for the most hardcore Shin Megami Tensei fans.

Bonus Quest: The Inverted Pyramid
Price: $1.99
Availability: 10/4/2016
Description: This is a Challenge Quest that unlocks Cleopatra for fusion after you've beaten her in battle. Recommended for players who are near to or have completed the game.

Bonus Quest: A GodSlayer Needs Jewels
Price: $2.99
Availability: 10/4/2016
Description: This Challenge Quest helps you collect jewels to trade for powerful items. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Add-On: Lore 1: Parallel Universes
Price: Free
Availability: 10/4/2016
Description: This lore add-on is a secret entry in the Hunter database, for those interested in more of the game's back story. Spoiler alert! This entry contains several spoilers for the main story. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Quest: Explosive Epidemic in Mikado
Price: $1.99
Availability: 10/4/2016
Description: This is a Challenge Quest that sends you back to Mikado to solve a mystery within a limited number of turns. Recommended for players who are near to or have completed the game.

Bonus Quest: A Trip to Hawaii
Price: $2.49
Availability: 10/4/2016
Description: This is a Challenge Quest that unlocks Mephisto for fusion after you'be beaten him in battle. Recommended for players who are near to or have completed the game.

Bonus Add-On: Lore 2: "Observation" Explained
Price: Free
Availability: 10/4/2016
Description: This lore add-on is a secret entry in the Hunter database, for those interested in more of the game's back story! Spoiler alert! This entry contains several spoilers for the main story.

Bonus Quest: Depths of Twisted Tokyo
Price: $1.49
Availability: 10/11/2016
Description: Obtain the "Eternal Torus" to reach its lowest level. Recommended for players who are near to or have completed the game.

Bonus Quest: A GodSlayer needs Items
Price: $3.49
Availability: 10/11/2016
Description: A Challenge Quest that lets you obtain HP/MP- and stat-increasing items. Must become an official Hunter before you can access it.

Bonus Add-On: Level Cap Unlock
Price: Free
Availability: 10/11/2016
Description: This free add-on unlocks the level cap, allowing you to exceed level 100.

Bonus Quest: Messiahs in the Diamond Realm
Price: $3.99
Availability: 10/11/2016
Description: Experience a short side story and fight alongside familiar faces to challenge an unexpected foe. Recommended for players who are near to or have completed the game.

Bonus Add-On: Lore 3: Tokyo and Mikado History
Price: Free
Availability: 10/11/2016
Description: This lore add-on is a secret entry in the Hunter database, for those interested in more of the game's back story! Spoiler alert! This entry contains several spoilers for the main story.

For more information about the DLC check out the website page: http://atlus.com/smt4a/dlc.html

7th Dragon III Code: VFD, Shin Megami Tensei 4: Apocalypse getting retail releases in EU


Deep Silver recently announced that they'd be handling publishing duties for 7th Dragon III Code: VFD and Shin Megami Tensei 4: Apocalypse in Europe. There was no mention of if these titles would be digital only or see retail release, but two listings on Amazon Germany have confirmed that both titles will be seeing retail releases. Now you'll have your pick of digital or boxed copies!

June 2016 NPD early figures - Mighty No. 9, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE






Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE devs share thoughts about their time with the game

Coming from chief director/game designer Wataru Hirata, director Eiji Ishida, and producer Shinjiro Takata...

Chief director/game designer Wataru Hirata

I think it was in 2011 when I was first approached by someone saying, “Hey, there’s going to be a collaboration with Fire Emblem – want to do it?” Next thing you know, five years have passed, and here we are handing the final product over to all of you. I’ve been making RPGs with Atlus for over ten years, but I think my anticipation for a project like this goes back even further… It’s hard to express the exact feeling I had when I heard the news about this project, but it was something like, “Finally”.

As a creator looking back on Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, the opportunity to collaborate on such a storied franchise as Fire Emblem, to work side by side with an industry giant like Nintendo, to have such interesting partners as Avex and Toi8, and to be developing for unique hardware like Wii U… it made for a fresh and stimulating time. And when you get the feeling tat the project you’re working on may be a “once in a lifetime” opportunity, it really fuels you to keep going. But when the road ahead is five years long, you still may feel sometimes like you’re going to run out of fuel.

When that happened, I would shift gears from the creator side of me to the fan side for that extra bit of fuel that would restart the engines and propel me forward. “If I want to hold people’s interest, I can’t do it halfway – it’s time to swing for the fences!” “People have been waiting for this, so I need to make it the best!” This was what my creator side was constantly hearing from my fan side over the last five years.

Now that it’s all over, I feel a bit lonely, and I might still feel over the course of the next year or two that I’m still working on this game, haha. But of course that’s not so. We developers have stepped away, and the time has come for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE to belong to you. I do think that when it releases, I will turn back into a fan and play the game from that perspective. All I can hope is that you play the game with the same feeling.

Finally, I want to say a word of thanks to Satoru Iwata, who created the opportunity for this game to come into the world. It was my own small dream to be able to share stories of developing Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE with him in an “Iwata Asks.” Thank you, Mr. Iwata.

More dev thoughts here

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE co-director was originally disappointed in localization changes

Coming from co-director Mitsuru Hirata ...

“When I found out we were unable to provide the same experience as the Japanese version, I also felt some disappointment. But our overseas fans remained happy that the game was being brought over and I’m glad to see their passionate support. In the meantime, the new costumes added could in a way be considered a merit that can only be enjoyed by our overseas fans! Thank you, and please look forward to the game!”

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse Releases on Sept. 20, Gets New Trailer

Don't let your guard down - the end is nigh! Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse will release in the Americas on Sept. 20. And for our European fans, as mentioned in a separate announcement this morning, SMTIVA will be released physically and digitally in PAL regions by our new partner, Deep Silver. (Release date for Europe is still TBD)

Oh, and if you missed it last week, our two SMT Scrubs...er...newish employees are trying to find their footing through the original SMTIV on our Twitch stream, today at 4 p.m. PDT. twitch.tv/atlususa

Lastly, we've got a new trailer for you to peruse:

With Tokyo being ground zero for scheming gods and monstrous demons, only the strongest and craftiest can survive in the former metropolis turned literal hell on earth. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse has a varied cast of characters that players need to utilize properly in order to endure the harsh realities -- mostly the very high possibility of death around every corner -- of post-apocalyptic life.

Here's a look at some of the useful partners that players will bring into battle:

Nanashi - Nanashi is the silent player controlled protagonist who's trying to become a full fledged member of the Hunter Association. He gets murdered early in the game by a demon, but is given a second chance at life by the god Dagda. In return, he must serve as Dagda's personal "Godslayer" in the world changing events to come...

Asahi - The ever optimistic Asahi is Nanashi's childhood friend/Hunter Association teammate. She's eager to prove herself in the field, but will need to overcome her doubts in order to become a key member of the group.

Navarre - This familiar Samurai from the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado is making a return! Well sort of, because Navarre is no longer what we would call "alive." He's now a green ghost who can use his ethereal powers to the benefit of the team.

Nozomi - Nozomi is another familiar character who is the newly appointed Fairy Queen working under the protection of the goddess Danu. She's a level-headed and mature ally who will provide valuable skills and insight for the party.

Hallelujah- This young gray haired individual is a member of the Ashura-kai gang, who is ordered to join Nanashi and co. in their journey to "watch" them. Hallelujah is accompanied by his foxlike pet demon Chironnupu, who will support him in battle.

Gaston - Gaston, or as he likes to call himself Gaston the Magnificent, is the brash and arrogant younger brother of Navarre. He is the leader of an elite squad of Samurai called the Crusaders and will undoubtedly be a useful partner during fights. That is, if players can stand his braggadocios nature, but you know what they say, "no one fights like Gaston!"

Toki - This mysterious Oni mask wearing girl in black is an assassin for the Ring of Gaea faction. She absolutely does not have an ulterior motive for joining the squad. Nope, totally doesn't have a hidden agenda or anything like that.

Isabeau - This steadfast Samurai is the best friend and confidant of the heroic Flynn (the protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei IV). Isabeau is an experienced warrior who will act as a great role model for the younger members of the party.

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