Our Hopes for Shin Megami Tensei V
Now that Shin Megami Tensei V has been officially confirmed for the West, let’s review the information Atlus has revealed so far and discuss our hopes and expectations for the game.
Shin Megami Tensei V is the fifth numbered entry in the SMT series and is currently in development for the Nintendo Switch. It appears to be set in modern-day Tokyo and will deal with themes that reflect the world’s current troubles and concerns. Its gameplay should include popular aspects of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne and Shin Megami Tensei IV, as well as demon fusion and new elements.
With that in mind, here’s what we hope to see.
Solid Turn-Based Combat
At a time when many companies are moving away from turn-based RPGs, Atlus has continued to release them and won the hearts of many fans who enjoy turn-based combat. While nothing has been shown of Shin Megami Tensei V’s gameplay yet, we’re looking forward to seeing a solid, satisfying turn-based combat system.
Complex, Dark Story
The Shin Megami Tensei series is known for having deep themes, a dark atmosphere, and a complex view of morality. Some fans felt that the most recent entry, SMT IV: Apocalypse for the 3DS, simplified the formula and lost some of what makes the series stand out, but we hope SMT V will be a full return to form.
Shin Megami Tensei games frequently let the player align themselves with a particular faction and set of ideals, usually Law, Neutral, or Chaos. (Morality is also present as Light, Neutral, or Dark, allowing for 9 total combinations). However, some fans feel that the recent games have favored certain routes or made them more appealing than others. Therefore, we’d like to see Shin Megami Tensei V provide a story where each alignment feels balanced, satisfying, and complete.
It’s too early for us to know a lot about Shin Megami Tensei V, but these are our early hopes for the game. What about you? What do you hope to see from the newest entry in the SMT series? Let us know in the comments.