Shin Megami Tensei V Set to Release on Switch in 2021
Who remembers that little teaser trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V a few years back? I wouldn't blame you if you didn't; the teaser was so short and vague, though it has had fans speculating ever since. Revealed in 2017 via a Nintendo Direct, Shin Megami Tensei V is the next upcoming title in Atlus's hit apocalyptic RPG series. You'd be hard-pressed to find any info about it whatsoever, as Atlus has had their lips sealed shut since that teaser dropped. Wonderfully, the game is back, and we get to have a better look at it than we did back then. The reveal dropped via way of another Nintendo Direct, though this time it was a 'Nintendo Direct Mini'. The trailer shows off the main character of SMTV for the first time, as well as environments featuring both ruins and modern-day Tokyo, Japan. Better than that, though, is that we now have a release window: 2021.
Atlus had originally planned to release the game sometime in 2020, but who knows why they couldn't hit that mark; it could be due to COVID, a rough development cycle, or a combination of both. Even so, 2021 isn't far off. That wasn't the only SMT news the Direct Mini had in store for us, however. Also revealed was an HD remaster for Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, one of the more popular SMT games to-date. The remaster fleshes out the game with some revamped HD visuals, and we'll get to play it on both Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. This is big news, as the game was originally only playable on PlayStation 2. The remaster is also set for release sometime in 2021, though this one is more specific with a Spring launch window. We get to see some of it in action during the Direct, but the footage is a little more brief than the stuff provided for SMTV.
The SMT series has always been a weird contrast in the Atlus library when it comes to its sister series: Persona. Persona serves as a sort of spinoff to Shin Megami Tensei, where the focus is more on life simulation and capturing demons to use in battles. Persona has taken the brunt of Atlus' focus for the past few years, ever since the release of Persona 5 in 2017 (and its revamp with 2020's Royal). Atlus kind of juggles the two series back and forth, as SMTIV released in 2013 before the age of Persona struck again. Another notable difference between the two is that SMT typically remains on Nintendo platforms (often handhelds), while Persona is strictly on PlayStation. It seems like that distinction is crumbling away these days with little things here and there, such as Joker in Smash Bros., or the fact that the SMT III remaster will be available for both camps. To sum all of this up, it really is a good time to be an Atlus fan.
Perhaps the most surprising news about Shin Megami Tensei V is that it will receive a worldwide simultaneous release. Typically, when it comes to Atlus games, Japan is the first one to receive a release while the West waits for localization to be placed. SMTV will buck that trend, available to everyone the world over on day one. While there's no news about if it will come to other platforms just yet, we will get to play it on Switch. The recent Nintendo Direct Mini is the first focused Direct we've gotten in some time, though it's been even longer since we've had a proper full-sized Direct. This is likely due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has made dropping news a rocky road for pretty much every company out there. While the Direct Mini only focused on previously-announced games with Nintendo partners, it did have a handful of fun announcements and footage. You can catch the full thing down below in one sitting if you'd like, as it clocks in at just over 8 minutes. Mini indeed!