Atlus has announced that Shin Megami Tensei IV Final, released in Japan back in February, will be coming to North America this Summer with a different subtitle: Apocalypse. Check out the new box art below:

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Atlus explains the name change in-depth with an official blog post, but the general reasoning is that they need to “find a cool-sounding, impactful name” that also included a the letter A. This is due to the Japanese box art emphasizing the peace sign painted over with anarchy graffiti, which symbolizes the game’s law and chaos aspects.

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse isn’t a sequel to the original Shin Megami Tensei IV; instead its story overlaps with the events of that game. While there are some characters who crossover, the main story beats are unique, and Atlus makes it clear in a press release that no prior experience is needed to enjoy the new game.

You can watch a teaser below, but be warned – in typical Shin Megami Tensei fashion it has some graphic imagery:

North America will get its hands on Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse this Summer, and an official website has launched which will be updated with pre-order information soon.

Thanks again to Persona Central for the press release!


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