Atlus is continuing its localization streak with Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers for 3DS, coming to North America in spring 2013.
Developed in-house at Atlus, the first-person, dungeon-crawling RPG is an enhanced port of the PlayStation classic released in 1999 with new gameplay features, enhancements, and a full English localization. It is set in a future where technology and otherworldly forces meet in a “macabre fusion of cyberpunk futurism and gothic horror.” Set in a city dubbed “humanity’s triumph of technology,” but one with an “infernal secret,” it follows a group of hackers who battle a centuries-old mystic society for control over the fate of humanity.
In battle, players will have the option to fight the demons they come across or to recruit them as party members. 30 additional demons, a new opening animation movie and theme song, improved controls, and faster load times have been adde to the 3DS version. The bottom screen has been adapted for an auto-mapping function, and will allow players to change difficulty whenever they like and fill out maps without walking through. An extra dungeon featuring raidou Kuzunoha from previous Devil Summoner games will be unlocked upon initial completion of the game.
“Soul Hackers‘ first-week debut at number two among all titles in Japan is a testament to the continuing quality and popularity of the Shin Megami Tensei series, suggesting a bright future on the 3DS,” said Tim Pivnicny, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Atlus. “With the vast array of new features, content, and extensive localization, this long-awaited release will be even more exciting for fans in North America.”
Watch the debut teaser below. View the first English screenshots at the gallery.