Atlus is finally talking about Shin Megami Tensei IV. It's been a few months since we learned of its existence, but now an official trailer and details in Famitsu confirm that this is one JRPG fans who own a 3DS should watch.

From the looks of thing, a group of knights from medieval times find themselves stuck in a barren and desolate modern day Tokyo. Gameplay footage reveals that Atlus will be tossing aside the first person dungeon crawling found in the last game, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, but it will retain the first person battle mode, chalk full of new demons to make shaky pacts with.

Most importantly though, that whole creepy vibe that sets Shin Megami Tensei apart from the other JRPG series out there is still intact. Hell and the occult are not topics often explored anymore in JRPGs these days, but they were all the rage during the 1980's and 1990's when Japan's government was all about cracking down on cult organizations. Only, Atlus never got the notice that they went out of style and used the unique image to push its demonic series in its own direction.

Director Kazuyuki Yamai states:

"This game retains all the hallmarks of the series, from the immoral, corrupt world view to negotiating with and combining demons together. It's something that we hope is approachable to all walks of gamer, from longtime series fans to people thinking about using this as their opportunity to join in. It's a really large-scale RPG project, something that goes far beyond the standard for a portable system."

If "all the hallmarks" translates into "extended gameplay time" and "punishing difficulty," then gamers will get more than they've bargained for from a portable game.

Shin Megami Tensei IV is looking for an early 2013 release date. No specific date has been reported nor has an American release date.

[via The Verge]