The 1997 Sega Saturn title, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, is finally seeing a localized release date here in the US! A whopping 16 years after it’s initial release, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers will be finally ported to the 3DS. This is exciting news considering the success of other Megami Tensei universe alums Persona 4 (Golden and Arena) and Catherine. We should all be able to get our hands on this exciting title on April 16, 2013. The official press release explains the title, as well as background on the game itself:
Soul Hackers delivers a first-person, dungeon-crawling RPG experience set in a future where technology and otherworldly forces meet in a macabre fusion of cyberpunk futurism and gothic horror. A first-person sci-fi RPG epic, Soul Hackers tells of a city held up as a beacon of humanity’s triumph of technology, but with an infernal secret. In this would-be utopia, a group of hackers takes on a centuries-old mystic society, and a battle for control over humanity’s fate is about to begin.
In the classic tradition of Shin Megami Tensei, players will have the compelling choice throughout their dungeon exploration to fight the enemy demons they encounter, or negotiate with them in an attempt to turn them into allies and teammates. Soul Hackers on 3DS includes access to 30 additional demons, a new opening animation movie and theme song, improved controls, and quicker loading times. Additionally players can use the 3DS’ bottom screen as an auto-mapping function, and engage a COMP hack to change difficulty levels on the fly and fill out maps without walking through. After clearing the game initially, the 3DS version of Soul Hackers also delivers an extra dungeon, where players will witness the appearance of Raidou Kuzunoha from the previous Devil Summoner games.
So, let me ask you, are you excited to get your hands on this forgotten piece of the Megami Tensei universe? Personally, I am excited to see the handful of extra features that will be accompanying the relaunched title!