The Devil Summoner’s New Clothes
Just about a month from now the Megami Tensei franchise will receive a new entry under its Devil Summoner spin-off series, Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou Tai Abaddon Ou. Folks stateside probably find the name familiar as its immediate predecessor, Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou Chouriki Heidan, was published in North America as Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army back in 2006.
Raidou’s original adventure, a curious mash-up of real-time action with more traditional RPG elements such as creature fusion, was a quiet success on the PS2 partially due to its unique early 20th century Japan aesthetic. This was largely in thanks to the jazzy atmosphere established by Megami Tensei regular Shoji Meguro whose soundtrack was the perfect complement to an initially thin, yet ultimately rewarding storyline. Given the moderate critical and apparently sufficient commercial successes of the first title, a sequel has appeared just over two years later.
As returning players can see, the gameplay hasn’t changed a whole lot. In fact, the only changes that I managed to spot were a few more sword attacks and a rapid shot for your pistol. A closer look at some locales in the trailer seem to indicate that you’ll still be in, at least for some portion, Tokyo for the game with a change of scenery not explicitly shown. While this isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, since plotwise it wouldn’t make much sense for Raidou to leave the city he’s supposed to protect, I’d like to have at least seen each of the city wards in a new light. As for returning characters, obviously Raidou is back in action as are Shohei and Tae. However, it’s a little surprising and spoilerish of the trailer to indicate that Gotou is back as your companion once more. Lastly, the demon roster seems to have a few new additions and although not present in the trailer in all likelihood Victor will be returning as the proprietor of the Gouma-den.
There’s no word yet as to what Atlus’ intentions are in terms of fitting this for an English release, but Persona 4 arriving in December and no other recent high-profile Megami Tensei titles avaliable to localize, chances are good we’ll see an announcement some time next year.