Scenes From Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers’ New Opening Movie

By Ishaan . April 25, 2012 . 11:01am

Quick to follow-up on their magazine report, are showing off the first screens of Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers for the Nintendo 3DS. As reported last night, this is an enhanced port of Soul Hackers for the Sega Saturn, and includes full voice-acting, new battle animations and improved load times.


Atlus also commissioned Satelight, the company that produced the Persona 2: Innocent Sin anime opening, to create a new animated intro for Soul Hackers. The original animated intro for the game will be present and accounted for as well.


You can find more screenshots and art of the game over at the Famitsu link above. Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers will be released on August 30th.


Food for thought:

Lots of big releases on August 30th! So far, we’ve got Soul Hackers, Senran Kagura Burst and Next Hatsune Miku Project Diva. Fight!

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  • neo_firenze

    Oooooh Soul Hackers.  Not that it needs to be said, but Atlus USA pleeeeeease.

    Still have my Saturn version (and the Demon Compendium disc!), but it would be so cool to see an official localized version.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    This is very clearly using a modified ‘Strange Journey’ engine, and that’s not a bad thing at all :)

    • cj_iwakura

      You mean the maps? Interesting.

      From playing Soul Hackers, though, I can say it has the best looking first person dungeons of any SMT game I’ve ever played. Immense draw distance.

      Also, SH is cyberpunk. We’re talking corporations, computer labs, power plants, supermarkets(!).

      • papuruka

        Can’t say no to supermarkets. They’re the livelihood of NATIONS.

    • not surprised Strange Journey had that classic SMT look  

  • I know people will complain about the lack of new titles from Atlus, but c’mon, who’s actually played some of these older games here?

    Don’t worry, we’ll get a P5 announcement at E3. Until then, restrain yourself.

    • leadintea

      I highly agree. I mean, the US never got Soul Hackers or Innocent Sin, and we didn’t get a good copy of Persona 1, so you’d think more people would be happy that we got the chance to play these games. Personally, I want to see more SMT games that aren’t part of the Persona series (a remake of if… would make me so happy) so I’m glad this game is coming out (hopefully for the US as well- though I have no reason to doubt it’s coming over).

    •  P5 on TGS is most likely. First Japan then the world, you see.

      • Forgot about that, but then, you never know. They might want to start pushing for a global audience.

    • nobody can complain about this 

      this game is pretty much new to everyone but japan

    • Ladius

      I think the issue for many western Atlus fans (I mean the fans of Atlus Japan games, not necessarily the broader audience interested in anything localized by Atlus USA) is that the current Atlus offering isn’t only heavily oriented toward not-so-improved ports of rather old games (as great as they can be), but also towards new games that tend to be more niche, old-school experiences than the ones most SMTPersona fans got to love during the PS2 days (because that was the period when those series gathered most of their current fans, before they were really obscure and niche, not to mention their localization ratio wasn’t even remotely as consistent as it is now, when we can consider a SMTPersona game a granted localization unless something dire happens).

      For example, the Devil Survivor games could be seen as an evolution of the old Majin Tensei games, and SJ was far more in line with traditional SMT games than most localized SMT games, and I can see why someone who started following the series with Persona 3 or 4 could be more interested in something like Catherine for aesthetical and thematical reasons, despite it not even being a jrpg.

      While those are almost always great games, I think a lot of those fans are still waiting for something more in line with the PS2 experiences that draw them in in the first place, even if hopefully some will give those games a chance (I sure hope they did with P2 IS).

    • I Kill Niggas

      I liked the older stuff better,social links make me wanna puke.

    • Not only it is a japan only game but clearly is one of the latest few cyberpunk kind of game that we are seeing. That was something very particular in the older SMT that in my case I miss a lot.

  • I will cry tears of joy when I finally have this game in my hands. 

  • James Beatty

     Ummm…you might want to watch out what you say here. You might offend someone.

  • Ladius

    Great news, especially considering Atlus USA is almost surely going to pick it up. I wonder what will happen with Gemini’s fantranslation effort, though :(

    • It will become obsolete? 

      • cj_iwakura

        Not likely, if it still comes out. There’s always appeal to the original version. IS PSP is great(and I liked the official translation more), but the original PS1 interface has its charms.

      • Ladius

        What I implied is that it’s likely to be cancelled, and that would be really sad considering the amount of work Gemini put into it (it isn’t a simple fantranslation, it had a lot of tweaks hacking-wise), obsolete or not that it may be (and, as iwakura pointed out, some people would probably be interested to try the old version).

        • LynxAmali

           I don’t see that happening. Way too much work has been put into it to just throw it away.

          • Barrylocke89

            Remember the Tales of Graces patch? That was cancelled once an official localization of the game was announced. I could see that being the case here as well so it doesn’t get in the way of the official localization.

        • cj_iwakura

          In an ideal world, they’ll pull an XSeed and just straight up ask Gemini and Tom for help, but I think Atlus are a bit more proud than XSeed.

  • Please don’t start this “XX console sucks” stuff around here. We really don’t like it. It’s great that you love your 3DS, but there’s no need to insult other platforms this way.

  • I like this.

    Actually, screw that! I love this!

    I’m totally fine with ports like these, sure, these aren’t such big improvements, but come on. It’s Soul Hackers!

    The non-japanese fans need to have a taste in what a real MegaTen game offers.

    • raymk

      They already did with the the games on ps2(no i’m not talking about the persona games).  They also had a taste of it with the devil survivor games which honestly have better stories than some of the older games in the series.

      • cj_iwakura

        The Survivor games have surprisingly great stories, but they’re not better than SMT1, 3, or SH’s. SH is really like no other SMT game ever made. You’ll see when(?) we get it.

        • Exkaiser

          It’s not called the Legendary Megaten of a Thousand Orgasms for nuthin’.

  • Total_Overdose

    Hopefully if this sells well, we can get an updated port of the first Devil Summoner. The PSP emulated port was just…bad.

  • raymk

    I’m sure we’ll get this its on 3ds and its something that was getting a fan-translation that even atlus knows about.  They know people want this so its really just a matter of time. 

  • Oh cool, so I can probably ignore the Saturn version that’s still sitting (unplayed) on my shelf. =D

  • kylehyde

    The best part of all is that the action is on the upper screen this time, so bring it on Atlus USA.

  • Wait where the heck have I been? I didnt even know a Soul Hackers was even getting remade. Hope it gets localized.

  • All over these images. Can’t wait to give this one a spin!

  • Göran Isacson

    Never heard of or played this one… I’m going to presume that it’s an awesome game since so many people seem psyched about it, but I’d like to know a little bit more about what I can expext. Is this game more like old-school Shin Megami tensei with recruiting different monsters, or is it more like Persona/Digital Devil saga?

    •  Old school IIRC.

    • Old school.  It never came out of Japan.  Also no fansubs have been made as far as I know.  One of the only Shin Megami Tensei games I haven’t gotten the chance to play.

  • ShadowWolf

    the only thing that i’ve seen of this so far that i don’t like is that the battles are in first person, i like to watch all of whats going on.

    but thats not enough to keep me from buying it.

    • First person style battle systems are actually my favorite. This is probably because I started out playing RPGs that were like this, so it has a certain nostalgic factor for me. 

    • then you will probably hate playing dark spire. let alone playing it in wire frame mode. but I’m kinda with you on that one though I like to see my party at least

      • Julien_N

        MOTHER 3 had a nice mix where you play the battles in first-person mode but you could see small icons of your characters on top of their HP/MP box when you select commands. It could be nice if more games use this trick.

        • yeah that was pretty kewl and the characters have all these lil emoticons attached to them as well, quite neat, injects personality to the FPS battle

          • Julien_N

            In fact, if you look the battle screenshot closer, you’ll notice that Soul Hackers has a similar option, as you see small portraits of your characters in their HP/MP Box.

  • wonder if it will have 3d in it, cos devil survivor overclock didn’t

    • Overclocked does have 3D, I thought? Isn’t it just on the menus, since those are on the top screen now?

      • Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi

        Overclocked only uses 3D for the intro sequence, the main menu, and fusion sequences. The rest of the time it’s 2D only.

    • The 3D is on the top screen only, which means it apply to the OP and the stats only.

    • It could potentially use it in the dungeon crawling segments, but other than that, it’s pretty pointless.

  • klkAlexar

    I’m really looking forward to this! but I hope they do a better job retouching this than P2:EP. That game felt a bit cumbersome(sometimes even more than the original). 

    • it actually was hey. I don’t mind old school toughness and mechanics but the loading times were so horrible and i do hope they tone down the encounter rate just a tad bit, not too much! but just a tad. it’s a bit much even for normal encounter rate standards

  •  Would love to see this on xbox live and psn as well.  I miss games like these, and I am not a hand-held gamer.

  • Ni_Go_Zero_Ichi

    Did some additional research on this game since the initial announcement and it looks like I’ll be adding it to the (regrettably short) list of 3DS games I’m looking forward to. Hopefully it will carry my interest better than Devil Survivor did.

  • Julien_N

    Whoa, Nemissa looks really beautiful~ And I am sure I am not the only one who thinks so.  ( ̄ー ̄)
    Anyway, I am always ready for some MegaTen goodness on my 3DS!

  • l777l

    Fortunately, the 3DS is region-free. Oh.

  • neetyneety

    From the picture with demons, I can recognize: Kudlak, Susanoo, Laksmi, Murmur, Python, there are those two I can’t tell, and I think the big head is YHWH?

    Anyway, I’m always up for more Shin Megami Tensei games, since being introduced to the series with Strange Journey for the DS. Hopefully this gets localized, come on Atlus, you know you want my money.

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