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author: Matt Buckley

Nintendo Finally Announces Shin Megami Tensei V to be Released in 2021

After the original announcement in 2017, Nintendo finally gives Megami Tensei fans the news they’ve been waiting for. The fifth game in the series will be released worldwide for the Switch sometime in 2021.

Nintendo recently announced that the latest in a long series of games, Shin Megami Tensei V, will be coming to the Switch in 2021. This series has an extensive history, so just in case you are not familiar with it, here’s a quick recap.

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The original game, which was based on a series of science fiction novels, was released in 1987 under the name Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei. Since then there have been many further releases, and even some spinoffs, such as the popular Persona series. Most of the games stand alone in terms of story, but share many common subjects, themes, and gameplay elements.

In most games the protagonist is fighting otherworldly forces as they invade the human world. These invaders are typically representative of some kind of religion, be it Christianity or otherwise. The games remain consistent within the RPG genre by allowing the player’s choices throughout the game to ultimately affect the outcome, giving most games multiple possible endings.

The original announcement that Shin Megami Tensei V was in production came in 2017, the year following the series’ latest release, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. So to say that fans of the series have been waiting for an update is somewhat of an understatement.

Based on the announcement trailer, the new game will include demons, the apocalypse, a tyrannical god-like being, and RPG elements that follow in the tradition of previous games.

Nintendo also announced an “HD remastering” of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne that will be coming to the Switch as well. The seventeen-year-old classic will come to the Switch in Spring 2021.

Matt Buckley

Matt Buckley

After studying creative writing at Emerson College in Boston, Matt published a travel blog based on a two-month solo journey around the world, wrote for SmarterTravel, and worked on an Antarctic documentary series for NOVA, Antarctic Extremes. Today, for Gamepressure, Matt covers Nintendo news and writes reviews for Switch and PC titles. Matt enjoys RPGs like Pokemon and Breath of the Wild, as well as fighting games like Super Smash Bros., and the occasional action game like Ghostwire Tokyo or Gods Will Fall. Outside of video games, Matt is also a huge Dungeons & Dragons nerd, a fan of board games like Wingspan, an avid hiker, and after recently moving to California, an amateur surfer.


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