Shin Megami Tensei IV Final

Shin Megami Tensei IV is hands-down the most robust JRPG on the Nintendo 3DS handheld system… in English. Maybe Etrian Odyssey IV, Bravely Default, or Fire Emblem: Awakening give it a run for its money, but in terms of content, story, characters, gameplay, replayability, and just about every element of its being, there is no better game out there for killing time and feeling satisfied while doing so.

So, why not have a little bit more?! Atlus has revealed a brand new "companion" game called Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final. This new release will not be an expansion of the older game, but rather, it will have new characters, a new story, and a keyword "Decide" being the center of everything.

Famitsu says that the game will be released in Japan in Feb. 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS, and it is being directed by Satoshi Oyama, the Chief Programmer of many of the previous Shin Megami Tensei games. We also have a first glance at our heroes and their motivations.

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final takes place in 203X in Tokyo, using the same calendar as the Mega Man universe, I guess, and much of the world is tucked beneath bedrock. The Gods had a scuffle 25 years earlier, and setting up a crust in the sky was all that Earth could do to protect themselves from it. Now, Earth is in desolate chaos, and our four heroes find themselves among the survivors.

Protagonist (CV: Hiro Shimono): has been spending his days as an apprentice of an organization called the Outlaw Hunters. While out on a mission, he takes a surprise attack from a demon, and dies.

Mysterious Demon (CV: Shuichi Ikeda): after the death of the protagonist, this mysterious demons finds him wandering the underworld and forms a contract with him, giving him a new life and the ability to summon demons.

Asahi (CV: Seike Tomoko): a 15-year-old girl and childhood friend of the protagonist. She's also part of the Outlaw Hunters organization.

Navarre (CV: Shintaro Oohata): the same Navarre from Shin Megami Tensei IV. After losing his life for something petty, Navarre wasn't able to properly find peace in the afterlife, and that's when he meets the protagonist. He currently has the form of a green body.

Sounds like a win to me. I never did get around to beating Shin Megami Tensei IV though, so maybe it's time to get back on that. Who knows where this spin-off will lead? Shin Megami Tensei often branches from its main entries, creating excellent games that sometimes rival even the main entry's popularity. Heck, one even became the most revolutionary JRPG franchise since Final Fantasy.

No word on an English release yet, but Atlus will most likely step up and do it. Shin Megami Tensei IV was a hit for it in the States, and the critical response was off the charts as well. It should try to replicate that response if the game is worth our time.