Shin Megami Tensei IV: social classes and organizations

Meet The Eight Legions and Cult of Gaia assemblies.

January 8, 2013 / 10:11 PM EDT / (@salromano)

The official website for Shin Megami Tensei IV was updated today with new story details and characters.

The main characters of Shin Megami Tensei IV live in East Mikado, where the separation of social classes is clear. Government and intellectual workers are high ranking Luxuries, while farmers and traders are low ranking Casualties. Luxuries seem to treat Casualties poorly, but the latter lives without complaints of their difference in class. Only when one of the Casualties is chosen to be a Samurai can they become one of the Luxuries. Many Casualties admire the Samurai.

Moving over to Tokyo, demons thrive, but order is kept by an organization called “The Eight Legions Union Asura Assembly” based in Roppongi district. They protect people from threats by negotiating with the demons. But a sanction that prevents forgiveness is imposed on those who don’t approve of this method. The “Cult of Gaia,” which Shin Megami Tensei fans should be familiar with, is based in Ginza. They carry a survival of the fittest mentality, believing that humans and demons alike must rely on their own power to survive. They are hostile toward The Eight Legions and disapprove of their methods.

Characters

  • Tayama (CV: Houchuu Ootsuka) – Leader of the Eight Legions Union Asura Assembly. He is worshipped and feared by the masses.
  • Kaga (CV: Kahoru Sasajima) – A member of the Cult of Gaia. She has a strong and brave personality, and is fighting aginst the Asura Assembly.
  • Black Samurai (CV: Atsuko Tanaka) – A mysterious person who appears before the hero. She is familiar with the roads of Tokyo and East Mikado.

View a new set of screenshots at the gallery.

Thanks, Inside Games.

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  • PrinceHeir

    i still miss Kazuma Kaneko’s art :(

    where the hell is he?!?!

    • Skerj

      No Meguro either :(

      • PrinceHeir

        NOOOOOOO! :(

        • HeatPhoenix

          They’re too busy with P5. sigh

          • PrinceHeir

            was he on Persona 4??

            • HeatPhoenix

              And 3. He does whatever makes more money it seems.

              • PrinceHeir

                but he only did the monsters designs?

                the character designs are from soejima shigenori.

                i want his character designs, like in Digital Devil Saga, Devil Summoner, Nocturne etc

                • HeatPhoenix

                  Yeah, only monsters. But it seems that the demons in this one (the new ones) will be by tokusatsu designers… which I’m not too pleased with. At all. But we’ll see what happens, they’re just static 2D images after all, since they didn’t choose 3D battles.

                  • PrinceHeir

                    still no Kazuma Kaneko T__T

  • Eclipse

    Sounds great.

    I hope there’s a path that’s similar to the True Demon End from SMT 3, because I prefer to go against everyone. ^_^

  • http://twitter.com/grschu Greg S

    With this and Pokemon X/Y, a lot of people like me are finally buying a 3DS. Too exciting to ignore.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      I concur, good sir.

    • DrForbidden

      Nah. It’s still region-locked.

      • almostautumn

        Just recently a couple hackers “broke” the system or whatever. I don’t know much about it, but their goal is that region-lock.

        Give it time, man. Somebodies going to accomplish it eventually. It shouldn’t have been there in the first place, yeah, but once it’s gone then at least we’ll all be happy.

        • DrForbidden

          Well, if I buy a Nintendo console, I will want a service warranty. Hacking the 3DS to remove the region-lock is only a partial and temporary solution at best. Nintendo will also constantly update the firmware, so it will ne a constant battle if you want to play increasingly newer games (and that’s sort of the point of buying a 3DS in the first place).
          I can’t bring myself to support the 3DS for the region-lock issue, no matter how many great games are one it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

        I believe this title will get localise. ATLUS wants your moneh lol.

        • DrForbidden

          SMTIV will get localised. That’s confirmed. But that’s not the issue.

  • HeatPhoenix

    That black Samurai is wearing a demoniho from SMT Strange Journey, excellent.

    • DrForbidden

      The designer has benn watching too much Dr Who… ;P

  • KurisuMakise

    Love the Samurai costume, SMTIV is looking somewhat interesting as more stuff is revealed.

  • almostautumn

    So this game supports furigana? I really didn’t expect that.

    Looks like Nintendo and Level-5 games aren’t the only ones I’ll be playing on my new JPN 3DS; suweeeeeet!

    • HeatPhoenix

      Only during event scenes, it seems.

  • HeatPhoenix

    Since he’s wearing a magatama… is he… demifiend?!