Atlus is leaning hard on Shin Megami Tensei V, and I’m here for it. This is the first mainline entry in the series to come after the massive windfall from Persona 5 and its spinoffs, with daily YouTube uploads focused on demons and regular news coming both in the west and the company’s home.

It’s from Japan that we get this latest batch of information, expanding on topics seen in the latest trailer for the game. Best of all, official closed captions are available to allow English speaking fans to watch the broadcast and prepare themselves for the end of the world:
 

 
The core of Shin Megami Tensei News Vol.1 is the introduction of the game’s cast. While SMT is no stranger to having a solid supporting cast around a choice-making and world-shaping protagonist, this is looking to be one of the more sizable groups. Of course, things may change as the game gets going, but for now it seems they’re all united as members of the organization Bethel.

Among them are:

  • Isonokami Tao – a caring girl who uses her sixth sense to support Bethel members
  • Yuzuru Atsuta – a friend and classmate who is responsible, capable, and assertive
  • Ichiro Dazai – a cheerful and bumbling livestreamer looking to prove his worth
  • Miyazu Atsuta – Yuzuru’s younger sister, who’s shy and reserved even after the end
  • Hayao Koshimizu – Prime Minister of Japan, head of Bethel’s main Japanese branch, and bestower of the Demon Summoning program

The idea of learning about each of them is appealing, though if things stick to SMT standards then they’re all in for an interesting future once the plot gets going. Not that it’s not already interesting to survive the apocalypse and start fighting with demons by your side.

You’ll be able to do so with a new mechanic called Magatsuchi Skills. By utilizing the Press-Turn system well, you’ll build up a gauge that grants you access to extra powerful skills. These can be powerful and unique attacks, or potent healings and support to help turn a battle when needed. Just be aware, enemies can utilize them too and will likely utterly annihilate you if given the chance. It is Mega Ten, after all.

As a final note, the SMTV News broadcast read and responded to one question from a fan. When asking if the game would feature DLC maps for Macca and EXP grinding (which Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne HD Remaster did), the response was yes. When that will arrive remains to be seen, but now anyone will be able to boost their stats and their coffers if needed with those downloadable, optional extras.

That about wraps up everything from the first Shin Megami Tensei V News broadcast. Be sure to check in for Vol.2, expected to arrive sometime in late August.
 

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.

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