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Shin Megami Tensei 4 delayed until October

What's another month between friends?

Critically acclaimed medieval JRPG Shin Megami Tensei 4 has had its European release date punted back to late October. The announcement came from publisher Atlus, via its US PR manager, John Hardin.

Shin Megami Tensei 4 Europe release date finally announced

Shin Megami Tensei 4 Europe release date finally announced

3DS role-player to arrive as a digital download.

Nintendo 3DS samurai RPG Shin Megami Tensei 4 will at last reach Europe in September, publisher Atlus has announced.

The game will be made available as a digital download from the 3DS eShop, priced at 17.99/€19.99.

It has taken over a year for the game to reach these shores - it was first available in Japan back in May 2013 and then in North America last July. No reason was given for the long wait.

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Shin Megami Tensei 4 review

This is an import review of the North American edition of Shin Megami Tensei 4. The game has no European release date at present, and cannot be played on a European 3DS.

Just over a decade: that's how long it's been since we last saw a numbered entry in the main Shin Megami Tensei series. But while that may seem like a suspiciously long time, the last 10 years have hardly been starved of demon-fusing. The PlayStation 2 hosted two action-RPGs in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army and its sequel. The DS adapted the formula into a tactical RPG with Devil Survivor. And for those who like a bit of romance between their occult antics, the recent instalments in the Persona subseries have helped keep MegaTen refreshingly relevant.

As adept at reinvention as developer Atlus is, though, the 4 in the title of this 3DS game - now available in North America - seems like a statement. Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne (known as Lucifer's Call in Europe) was, in many ways, a turning point for the series. It wasn't the first MegaTen game to earn a western release, but it was the first to receive widespread acclaim outside of its native Japan. So does this mean that Shin Megami Tensei 4 is the next evolutionary leap for one of the oldest role-playing series in gaming? Not really - but that doesn't stop it from being an excellent RPG in its own right.

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Shin Megami Tensei 4 trailer reveals first gameplay footage

Shin Megami Tensei 4 trailer reveals first gameplay footage

Third-person exploration, first-person combat.

The first footage of Shin Megami Tensei 4 was included as a bonus in the Japan exclusive 3DS RPG Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers. Now, publisher Atlus has revealed the first official trailer to the public which shows off the first gameplay footage of the highly anticipated sequel.

The neon gothic cel-shaded third-person dungeon crawling resembles the last numbered game in the series, 2003's Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne [i.e. Lucifer's Call in Europe, where it came out in 2005]. The combat appears to transpire in first-person in a turn-based system ala the most recent Shin Megami Tensei game, the DS RPG Strange Journey.

Shin Megami Tensei 4 is due on 3DS in Japan next year. No western release has yet been announced, but expect more news on the game to come out of Tokyo Game show this week.

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Shin Megami Tensei 4 debut trailer released

Shin Megami Tensei 4 debut trailer released

But still waiting for a western release announcement.

The latest entry in the main Shin Megami Tensei series has just been shown off in the debut trailer below.

This first look at the 3DS title was bundled with the Japanese Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers. A user captured it for the rest of the world to see (thanks Andriasang).

Little in known about the latest title, but the trailer seems to cut across various time periods.

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