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A new Persona 5 trailer shines the spotlight on another member of the Phantom Thieves, Ann Takamaki. She’s the target of a nasty rumor at school, but instead of getting depressed about it, she channels the negative energy into something positive by using it to fight harder for her friends. As a bonus, a video has also gone live with Takamaki’s voice actor, Erika Harlacher.
Atlus has revealed the English voice cast for Persona 5. In the process, the studio also detailed the in-game cast. Players will take on the role of Shujin Academy’s latest transfer student, “Joker,” who doubles as the leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts when he’s not attending class, going out with friends, or practicing at the batting cage. His mission is to steal the hearts of corrupt adults. Along with the case list, two new videos can also be found below, one centered on the protagonist and another that features a Q&A session with the protagonist’s voice actor, Xander Mobus.
Persona 5 is less than half a year away, and Atlus is already getting primed for its North American release. Today the studio revealed the SteelBook Launch Edition. The themed pack will feature a portrait of the cast on the outside, and a second design featuring the Phantom Thieves on the inside. Prepare your shelves accordingly.
Shin Megami returns today with a skewed take on the endgame of Shin Megami Tensei IV. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse shifts things a bit, with the player going through the same world but as a new protagonist, Nanashi. The recently deceased, now-resurrected Hunter is the servant of the god Dagda, who plans to take advantage of the ongoing war between man, angel, and demon. Players must decide whether to do his bidding or cut their own path, choosing anarchy or peace, as they undertake quests, explore, and battle (as well as fuse) over 450 demon types.
Atlus has released the launch trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. The video introduces players to Nanashi, the new, recently resurrected protagonist. Now beholden to the god Dagda, the player must choose whether to do his bidding or attempt to make their own way. For those new to the series, experience with Shin Megami Tensei IV isn’t necessary; however, as the two games overlap, having gone through the original will definitely help to flesh out ongoing events.
Atlus has pulled the curtain back on one of gaming’s greatest mysteries: why they changed Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final’s name. The hard-hitting video goes behind the scenes to show the process of how and why the studio decided to call the new entry Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. Brace yourselves for some revelations. They didn’t stop there, though, as they also revealed that a new free 3DS theme will be released on September 15. And to see the game in action, a previous gameplay stream has been archived for viewing, while another is set to take place next Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. (CST) on Atlus’ Twitch channel.
Atlus has released a new strategy trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. The video showcases several tactics that players will utilize while in combat. Some of the elements highlighted in the video will be familiar to series veterans. As with its predecessor, Apocalypse will allow players to take the first turn during combat if they land an attack on enemies while exploring on the map. A further advantage can be attained by choosing the right attack type as enemies remain weak to one of the eight classes (elemental, melee, and gunfire). Check below to catch the rest of the overview.
A new video highlights some of the 450-plus demons that await in Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. Players are able to negotiate, fuse, recruit, and of course, fight demons throughout Tokyo. Those that join the player’s party will gain experience along with increased stats and new abilities. Players can also learn skills from the demons. In addition to the video, over 20 item, movie, and quest DLC packs, both free and for-pay, were revealed.
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse has been officially dated for September 20. To celebrate the announcement, Atlus has released a new trailer. The video focuses on the cast of characters that players will run across on their adventure, including the protagonist’s childhood friend and Hunter Association member Asahi, Eastern Kingdom samurai Navarre, and masked Ring of Gaea assassin Toki. And for those wanting to relive the original, two of the studio’s newer employees will be trying their hand at SMTIV today at 2:00 p.m. (CST) on the official Twitch channel.