Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Getting a 3DS Remake

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Atlus has announced that a remake of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey is coming to the Nintendo 3DS in Japan later this year. Now titled Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey, Gematsu reports the Japanese Role Playing Game (JRPG) will launch this fall, and will include full voice acting, improved graphics, more than 350 new demons to deal with, a new “ending route,” and a new character, “Alex,” who seems to be an antagonist, at least initially.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, initially released on the Nintendo DS in Japan in 2009 and North America in 2010, follows a special United Nations strike team sent to investigate the “Schwarzwelt,” a distortion of space that suddenly appears in Antarctica and pretty much is threatening to destroy the world. It’s played in a first-person perspective as the player recruits demons to help them defeat enemies, which can also be spoken with and recruited.

The first-person perspective shift upset some fans, but overall Strange Journey received positive reviews and sold well.

This would be the second Shin Megami Tensei remake the Nintendo 3DS has seen, as Atlus previously released Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner on the 3DS in 2013 after previously releasing it on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn back in 1997.

While the original version of the game was released in both Japan and North America, at the moment Atlus has not announced plans for an international release, which means that unless you have a Japanese Nintendo 3DS, you may be missing out on this one for a while. Nintendo has promised a big E3 this year, so it’s possible a North American version can still be in the works.

Are you a fan of the Shin Megami Tensei series? Read our coverage of other entries in the franchise here, and let us know in the comments below if you’ll be picking up Deep Strange Journey when it’s released later this year!

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