Was Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Inspired By The World Ends With You?

By Spencer . June 3, 2009 . 12:00pm

image The art style and seven day time limit gives Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor a The World Ends With You vibe. During an interview I asked Atlus if one game set the stage for the other.


“It does have some similarities like it’s set in modern day Japan, there’s a seven day time limit, but a lot of the similarities with The World Ends With You are things that have been part of the Shin Megami Tensei series since the beginning,” Nich Maragos Editor of Devil Survivor explained. “So, if anything, I kinda feel like The World Ends With You is inspired by us.”


Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor comes out on June 23. We’ll have a longer Shin Megami Tensei interview ready after the show.

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  • ryne11

    My thoughts exactly. I hate how people keep saying DS rips off TWEWY

  • Happy Gamer

    i loved world ends with u lol. badges..must get all and lvl em all….i need to get my hands on devil summoner for DS. just that im a bit busy with SRT OG SAGA…and money :(

  • marcus

    It’s possible, im mean the world ends with you was and is the best ds game by square enix.

  • If anything was inspired by the art style of TWEWY, it’d be InFamous. The cutscenes near the beginning of the game introduce “Reapers”, who wear red hooded sweatshirts and “control” the city. HMMMMMMMM. Plus the comic-art style of the InFamous cutscenes really make it seem like a total rip-off. That said, both games are awesome and I don’t mind all that much.

  • QBasic

    Haha. Oh, man, huh. Yeah. Good one.

  • dark_god

    Haha, couldn’t have said it better myself. Modern Japan setting is so Shin Megami Tensei. And doesn’t Persona have a time limit and stuff like that.

    • QBasic

      Rofl. Something tells me you haven’t played a single one other than Persona 3 and 4…

      • Or he just hasn’t played the original SMT titles on the NES and SNES; the first true game we got was Nocturne outside of Japan and it was set in modern Japan… well… a post-apocalyptic mirror-world modern Japan.

        While my memory of them is fuzzy due to it being so long for the first two (well, first one and second half of the other), all 4 Persona titles have been set in at the very least a modern setting, if not Japan directly.

        Devil Summoner and Digital Devil Saga are spin-offs, like Persona, so it’s tough to lump them into the main universe while ignoring that fact. The SMT sub-heading is just kept in the states for some sort of clarification or branding purpose.

        Plus, he only said Persona had a time limit, which they did =) He didn’t say SMT:N or DDS.

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