Shin Megami Tensei IV Launches July 16, First Printing to Include Premium Collectibles

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Shin Megami Tensei IV, the first true successor to the main Shin Megami Tensei series which left off a decade ago in the brutally brilliant Nocturne, was announced earlier this month as a Nintendo 3DS exclusive. The epic RPG about samurai and demons promises to be a premium gaming experience in every possible way, with branching story paths, choices with meaningful consequences, hundreds of demons to recruit and fuse together, fully voiced dialogue, expansive 3D dungeons, and the return of the strategic ‘Press Turn’ battle system.

Premium also now applies to Shin Megami Tensei IV‘s packaging. Atlus has announced that the game’s first printing will be a limited edition box set containing a deluxe-sized slipcase, a 176-page Strategy & Design book, and a soundtrack CD featuring music spanning the entire series. Here’s a more detailed description of the collectible goods:

    – Strategy & Design Book – Produced by Prima Games, longtime publishers of video game strategy content, and packed with walkthroughs, charts, maps, tips, and more, this official starter strategy guide will give the newly selected Samurai a distinct advantage as they begin their journey through the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado and beyond. The design side of the book will feature full-color pages of artwork ranging from concept art to in-game pieces to never-used designs from new Shin Megami Tensei series character designer, Masayuki Doi.

    – Shin Megami Tensei Music Collection – Offering a collection of tracks specially selected from across the 20-plus-year history of the Shin Megami Tensei series, this CD presents the series’ musical history highlights from the ethereal atmospheric music to the classic power-guitar anthems. It also includes a special recording exclusive to the Music Collection CD.

    – Collectible Slipcase Packaging – SMTIV will come in a deluxe-sized slipcase package featuring full-color key art designed by Masayuki Doi and depicting the divergent paths of law and chaos between which Samurai must travel and make their choices knowing of the potential foes and allies that lay on either side.

All this premium gameplay and packaging will also demand a premium value of $49.99, a lofty price point rarely seen on the 3DS. Given the series’ sterling track record and the apparent quality of the box set, Shin Megami Tensei IV should totally be worth paying a little extra for.

Shin Megami Tensei IV is currently due out for a summertime launch on July 16th.

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