Shin Megami Tensei IV Japanese release date set

Original design 3DS XL being released on the same day.

February 19, 2013 / 09:15 PM EDT / (@salromano)

Shin Megami Tensei IV will launch for 3DS on May 23 in Japan, the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu reveals.

A limited edition 3DS XL with an original ‘gods and devils’ design (pictured) and the game pre-installed on the system will also be released on the same date.

First-run copies of the title will include a “Sound & Art Collection.”

Price and pre-order bonuses have yet to be revealed. A Famitsu DX Pack is also being planned. Details on its contents will be shared at a later date.

Thanks, Game Jouhou.

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  • PrinceHeir

    great :D

    very surprising how this game was just announced last year and it’s already coming out :)

    wish more games are like that ^^

    so what’s next for the SMT series?

    SMT5 back on consoles?

    • MosquitoLemon

      I don’t see them venturing out into consoles for a full RPG just yet. Supposedly Catherine was going to be their test to see if they could do an HD game, but it’s been quite a while since it was released and still no news… At least we know the series has a future though.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Catherine was the Persona team’s test, I recall. So a console SMT is likely even further off than we could imagine, with that team not having done any current gen work yet.

        • HeatPhoenix

          Persona and SMT teams consist of mostly the same people, you know.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Do they still? I figured that would’ve changed by now. I’d imagine Atlus has expanded them enough that there are separate teams, but I guess we can’t know for certain until we start hearing about P5.

  • Anime10121

    Hot DAMN! That is a beautiful console right there! If I didnt want the game before, I’d sure as heck want it now (unfortunately, considering I already have a 3DS, I will not be double dipping, regardless of how much my soul cries for that beautiful beast)!

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      If you wanted a 3DS that plays JPN games, that’d be a good way to go. I don’t think that special edition will come here, though.

      • Anime10121

        I would like another, but again, I’m not double dipping, even if it is one that plays Japanese games (in fact, that would make be worse to me, as that would be like me supporting Nintendo’s decision to region lock the system, and I wont). Its just like the Fire Emblem system, a sexy beast I will never own due to being an early adopter (and to a lesser extent, being in the US where we rarely get beauties like these)
        :(

      • Skerj

        I’ve been waiting for enough games that I want on 3DS to be released before I bought one, a shame such a gorgeous design could only be used on imports. Still contemplating that purchase though. ..

  • Solomon_Kano

    Now that’s a design that would make me grab an XL. Considering how unlikely we are to see it here though, I’ll keep my sights set on the vanilla 3DS. More colors.

  • Eclipse

    Oh my YHVH, this is so unexpected! I’ve always hoped for the day that there would be an SMT themed console. I haven’t bought an XL yet, so the timing for this is absolutely perfect!

  • Haku_Luvs_You

    I think I’ll be importing. Probably will be buying it twice if it comes out to the US too.

  • HeatPhoenix

    Sadly, the only recognizable demon on that case is Lucifer, which is far from enough to get me to buy ANOTHER 3DS. Maybe if it had Jack Frost on it…