JRPG fans hyped the next Atlus game wasn’t the mainline Persona or SMT

Ringo bared his teeth as he fought the Devil in the subway.

Hack the planet, Ringo.
Screenshots: Atlus / Kotaku

Atlus’ announced on Twitter yesterday that Shin megami tensei spin-off series Soul Hackers being revived is quite a shock for fans. The surprises don’t stop there, though, as the trailer for the poppy, hacker-centric sequel also reveals that the game has a female protagonist, something SMT The series has stayed away for more than a decade.

In Soul Hackers 2you play like Ringo, a “lifeform” in the not-so-distant future tasked with assembling a team to harness the supernatural entity “Demon Summoner” to prevent a being called the Great One from causing the apocalypse. To avoid the last days, Ringo and her crew will have to use an AI everyone knows named Aion, who will essentially accompany the future as precogs in Minority Report to protect the key characters from being killed.

Soul Hackers 2 is a sequel to the heavy 1997 Sega Saturn game Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, a side story in the larger SMT series. Ringo fashion sense and the odd way she eats burgers definitely making an impression, but some SMT fans are also delighted by the simple fact that Soul Hackers 2 will be the first SMT game with a heroine that will appear for many years.

A streak of pale purple light followed the tip of Ringo's index finger as she waved her hand in front of her and summoned a Demon.

Screenshots: Atlus / Kotaku

“Did Atlus just reveal a game with a female who can also speak???” Written a redditor from the r/Megaten subreddit.

“First day PC and a heroine, Atlus ticked all my boxes that they never ticked,” wrote another Reddit user.

“Atlus game with a heroine… BRUH,” wrote a Twitter user.

They are right to consider this important. For almost two decades Persona and SMT the game spans over 60 titles, with only four giving you the option to play as a heroine: Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Persona 3 Portable, Shin Megami Tensei: Nineand Shin Megami Tensei: If…. In this small product line, the most recent release is Persona 3 Portable launched in 2010 on the PSP, despite the 1994 Super Famicom release SMT: If… received an exclusive Nintendo Switch port in Japan last year.

The Demon Summoners stood in a line in front of a portal to a cube-like space while wearing bright and fashionable clothes.

Yas, Demon Summoner.
Screenshots: Atlus / Kotaku

Eiji Ishida and Mitsuru Hirata, Soul Hackers 2producer and director, discussed the game’s development and how it will differ from its predecessor in an official live stream. Japanese YouTube channel Atlus. Japanese websites 4Gamer and Famitsu did a sharing interview with Hirata and Ishida after the live stream, translated by Persona Central. While Ishida made art director for the first time Soul Hackers This game will mark his second collaboration with Hirata on a SMT game, the first game is a spin-off of the pop idol Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE. The couple told 4Gamer they decided to join forces again because Soul Hackers sequel because of the technological advancements in consoles since the original Saturn came out, as well as the desire to revisit their series.

“The reason I really thought about that planning was because the first game, with its sci-fi elements, was quite sharp even among the Shin megami tensei related games at the time,” said Ishida Famitsu. “I think it’s possible to take advantage of the technology, the people, and the mystical elements of the first game, and the relationship between those elements, to create a new game with a modern feel.”

In the first game, players fight against people who abuse technology for evil purposes, Ishida said. 4Gamer that the sequel will focus on seeing its characters from a “technological perspective” and understanding what it means to be human.

Naturally, one can expect a new game in the series whose last entry was 20 years ago to feature improvements to its gameplay. Hirata said 4Gamer that Soul Hackers 2 will feature an improved battle system to lower the entry barrier for new players while sticking to the core turn-based gameplay that fans are already familiar with.

Arrow points his gun at a mysterious talking owl-like creature while the rest of the Devil Summoners watch behind him.

I understand it Arrow is the Ryuji of this hacker group.
Screenshots: Atlus / Kotaku

“If you have played Shin megami tensei or Personayou will be able to easily join the game,” said Hirata 4Gamer.

ONEbreak longside SMT12 years without a heroine, Soul Hackers 2 also has the distinction of being a JRPG reaching through the console aisle. While the most recent mainstream SMT game, Shin Megami Tensei DRAWis a Nintendo Switch exclusive, Soul Hackers 2 would be the first instance of a SMT The game is playable on Xbox, PlayStation and PC. (Sorry, changed owners.)

Soul Hackers 2 out August 26th for Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC.

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