What to Expect From the Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Remaster

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Shin Megami Tensei III is an iconic game for fans of early Japanese RPGs. That’s partly thanks to its acclaimed unforgiving difficulty. The game was originally released in Japan back in February 2003, and is exclusive to PlayStation 2. The American title, Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne followed in October 2004. A European version, Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer’s Call, was also released in July 2005.

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne was the first game to be released outside of Japan from Atlus. This game naturally put the company in the international gaming market. Aside from that, this JRPG developer has never released remastered versions of any of its original games, making this remastered title the first from the company.

For anticipating fans, Atlus unveiled more details about the upcoming Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster version during Nintendo’s Direct Mini Stream. Along with that is the release of the game’s official trailer. If you missed the event, we have narrowed down the most important details that you should know so far:

What To Expect

The most notable change that fans should expect from the remastered version is the revamped graphics. From a 480p output, the game is getting ramped up with HD output that might go as high as 4K resolution.

The remastered version will also confront the game’s highly criticized and punishing difficulty. It will introduce a new difficulty mode, which will only be available as free downloadable content (DLC) on the first day. This new mode is introduced as an attempt to give players more balanced and forgiving gameplay.

Lastly, the remastered game will introduce both Japanese and English voice acting to the game. The original had very minimal voice acting, so this is a treat for players who like a more interactive storyline. You can get a sneak peek of the dialogues in the official trailer.


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The Storyline

Fans can still expect to see the same storyline. Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne HD Remaster focuses on the blue Demi-fiend protagonist. Together with two classmates, Chiaki Hayasaka and Isamu Nita, they have to survive a post-apocalyptic world.

Will It Feature Dante From The “Devil May Cry” Series?
When Atlus announced the remastered version in July, fans were eager to know if Dante would make an appearance in the game. Developers have confirmed that Dante from “Devil May Cry” will indeed make an appearance in Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne HD Remaster, but only in the ”Maniax Pack” DLC.

Release Date

Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne HD Remaster is set to be launched in the Spring of 2021. It will be exclusive for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. In addition, there are speculations that the game might see a Steam release in light of the immense success of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4.