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Shin Megami Tensei V

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Atlus U.S.A.
Release Date: Nov. 12, 2021

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'Shin Megami Tensei V' Reveals Characters, Demons And Battle Systems - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 4, 2021 @ 4:05 p.m. PDT

Shin Megami Tensei V is set in modern Tokyo. Players face a new onslaught of demons in the latest entry from the RPG series.

When a grisly murder scene in modern-day Tokyo blocks our protagonists walk home, an unplanned detour leaves him buried and unconscious. 

He awakens in a new Tokyo, a wasteland ravaged by apocalypse now called Da’at... but before bloodthirsty demons can claim his life, a savior emerges, and they unite to become a mighty being neither human nor demon: a Nahobino. 

With newfound power, the protagonist ventures through Da’at, an enigmatic realm filled with mythical deities and demonic tyrants in constant conflict for survival. Searching for answers, the protagonist must forge his own path in a battle between light and dark to dictate the fate of the world. 

Fight through a demon-infested wasteland using a command-based system, where finding your enemy’s weak points is key to executing powerful combos. Though demons are formidable opponents, some can be worthy allies and recruited via negotiations to fight alongside you in a dying world.

In a conflict between mythical deities and demonic tyrants, you dictate the fate of the world.  How will your destiny unfold?


The protagonist must cooperate with Bethel's Tokyo Branch to protect the city, however, demons representing Bethel Branches of various countries appear in front of him. How will their intersecting ambitions and goals affect the fate of Tokyo and the protagonist...?

Nuwa, the demon, works alongside Yakumo. She unleashes a portion of her power to attack the protagonist. Will she be an enemy, or...?


While exploring Da’at, you will encounter over 200 types of demons. Aside from the classics, several new demons will appear, designed by character designer Masayuki Doi.

Battle Mechanics

The protagonist will explore Da'at: an alternate, post-apocalyptic Tokyo. An expansive world, its terrain will change drastically depending on the area. The enemies and challenges of traversal will vary as well, so be sure to explore every corner.

By accessing leylines, which allow you to save at various locations within Da'at, you can also visit Cadaver's Hollow. By speaking to its owner Gustave, you can purchase and sell items you find in Da'at.

Miman are Gustave's pawns scattered throughout Da'at. By finding them and reporting back to him, you'll receive rewards relative to the number you find. You can also obtain Glory, which you can spend to acquire powerful abilities called Miracles. Be sure to keep an eye out.

Da'at is filled with many hidden secrets and opportunities. Knowing these will aid you in your exploration and battles, adding an extra layer of fun traversing its expansive terrains.

  • Vending Macchines & Relics: You can find relics at vending machines scattered throughout Da'at. By bringing them to Gustave, you can exchange them for Macca.
  • Treasure Boxes & Amalgams: Yellow objects include Essences, items, and Macca, while silver ones--  called Amalgams-- include Glory. Both are integral in your journey, so be sure to find them.
  • Magatsuhi: You'll be blessed with several benefits by collecting Magatsuhi throughout Da’at. Green heals HP, yellow heals MP, and red raises your Magatsuhi Gauge during battles.
  • Demon Statues: Sometimes, you'll come across large statues of demons. They are said to be remnants of a war that took place over a decade ago. Touching them will increase allies' levels.
  • Mitamas: These rare demons don't spawn often, but when you defeat them, you obtain items convertible to Macca, EXP, and Glory.
  • Abscess: Occasionally, these mysterious red structures will block your path. Called Abscesses, they're accompanied by powerful enemies lurking nearby, which will attack you. Destroying an Abscess will not only clear your path, but bestow you with Glory, which you can spend to master new Miracles.
  • Quest Navigators: While exploring Da'at, you will encounter a demon named Amanozako, who will accompany you in your travels. She will act as a guide and navigator on your journey, and support you as you explore Da'at-- assisting by informing you if there are items nearby, and offering other helpful observations. It seems some demons besides Amanozako may also join you as navigators rather than allies in battle.

While exploring Da'at, you'll receive requests and suggestions from various demons you encounter. Some may ask for items, while others may want you to defeat other demons. By completing these quests, you'll receive valuable assets like items, Macca and EXP, so be sure to actively take them on.

This game includes 3 different difficulty settings. You can switch between Casual (which allows for more laid-back gameplay) and Normal (recommended for those who still want a challenge) at any point in the game. Hard, which will be particularly dangerous and difficult, can only be selected when you start the game. Although you can switch from Hard to Casual or Normal at any point, once you do so, you won't be able to return to Hard again, so be sure to select the playstyle that fits for you!

There will also be free DLC that  adds a new difficulty setting Safety, made available at launch. With it, anyone can progress the story safely and comfortably. More DLC info will be released soon!

Key Features 

  • Unfold an allusive story filled with tragic choices, make sacrifices to uphold your ideals as you pursue light or covet darkness to discover your role in the new world 
  • Fight through a demon-infested wasteland with the Press Turn Battle System, pinpoint enemy weaknesses so you can perform consecutive actions but make one mistake and it may be your last 
  • Turn formidable foes into worthy allies by recruiting them via negotiations, then fuse them to create demons customized to fit your playstyle 
  • Explore the expansive world of post-apocalyptic Tokyo, fully rendered in stunning 3D utilizing Unreal Engine 4, a first for the mainline Shin Megami Tensei series

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Find out when Shin Megami Tensei V launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 12, 2021.

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