Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers Release Date Locked For April

By Ishaan . January 17, 2013 . 9:10am

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers has a release date on the Nintendo 3DS, revealed this morning by Nintendo of America. The game is slated for release on April 16th.


As previously reported, Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, originally released on the Sega Saturn, has been updated with voice-acting, faster battles, the ability to change difficulty setting mid-dungeon, and an auto-mapping feature on the 3DS bottom screen.


The 3DS version also has 30 more demons, a new theme song and animated opening, and of course, English-language text, since this is the first time Soul Hackers is making it across the pond.


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  • MrTyrant

    My body and wallet are ready.

  • SolidusSnake

    This is only a few days after my birthday, and I couldn’t ask for a better present.

  • Ooh Bee

    Soul Hackers and Injustice on the same day. My God…

  • Spirit Macardi

    I want this so bad! I hate having to wait, but I’m sure it’ll be well worth it.

  • EdgeKun

    I wonder if we’ll see a digital release on the eShop. Atlus seems to be the only 3ds publisher I really like/require who isn’t supporting digital releases yet. D:

    • Actually, Atlus are very much supporting downloadable releases. Etrian Odyssey IV will be retail/eShop. Code of Princess went up on eShop recently as well. I’m fairly certain Soul Hackers will get the same treatment.

      • EdgeKun

        Awesome! Here’s to hoping that everything MegaTen (on 3DS) shows up on the eShop! ^^

        • I’m hoping for the same, honestly. I’d much rather have all my portable games downloaded to my devices. So much more convenient.

          • Yeah this.

          • Barrylocke89

            I sometimes like the fun bonuses that come with physical copies, but the really nice thing about the digital option is that you don’t have to worry about niche titles (the sort of games that siliconera readers are known for enjoying) being hard to locate in their area, and expensive as hell to find online.

            I know that digital copies of games are notorious for being more expensive than store copies after a certain amount of time passes, but with those low supply/high demand games, it’s an insanely useful alternative.

            Look at Radiant Historia for instance. That 2nd shipment of that game seems to have sold out. Now I’d either have to get it from a Gamestop that’s 75 miles away from me for about 30 bucks, or on ebay/ for about 50 bucks. In a situation like that, it’d be nice to have a 3rd (legal) option available.

          • Yeah, digital makes things very convenient. That, and the ability to just take all of your games with you (which is what a portable is for!) are really enticing for me, personally. Having the collectibles and knick-knacks is neat, I guess, but these last few years, I’ve only cared about those when they come with my favourite games or something.

            On a related note, I’m actually glad that JRPGs have gone the portable route, since I can actually spend time with them now. Just the other day, I put 8 hours into Radiant Historia in a single day. I could never have done that with a console game. I did it for games like Xenoblade and Persona, but it certainly wasn’t convenient.

  • Ethan_Twain

    I’m interested in this because I loved SMT Strange Journey to death, but I understand that this game actually doesn’t use any variation on the press turn system. That’s really strange to me, since all modern SMT games seems to use that in one form or another. I really love the way those systems force an element of strategy into even the most mundane encounters.

    So I’m still buying, but I’m real nervous about this game not having one of my favorite features of other franchise games.

    • benhofb

      The good thing is that Soul Hackers has a lot of really nice features other SMT games don’t. Like Demon Loyalty, which is exclusive to the Devil Summoner series and Imagine. I am really hoping the random encounter rate isn’t as crazy with this one as it was with Nocturne and DDS…

      • MrTyrant

        They aren’t I saw a video about this port in 3DS and the encounter rates are really low compared with the original.

        • benhofb

          Thank God. The only thing I didn’t like about the PS2 SMT titles was the fact that I couldn’t take two steps without getting into a battle.

          • Barrylocke89

            I forget how DDS was, but I don’t recall Nocturne being that bad. I do remember a few areas where the encounter rate would skyrocket though (in those sewers that led to the dreaded Matador fight, the encounter rate was really high where the sewage water was).

  • I foresee this and possibly Fire Emblem consuming a generous portion of my free time this spring.

  • Any word on whether the English version will still have the SMT IV demo?

    • benhofb

      Considering how the Japanese version didn’t even have a demo and SMT IV isn’t out there yet, I highly doubt it.

      • I was under the impression that the Japanese version did come with a demo actually. Maybe it wasn’t playable.

        • Zefiro Torna

          It wasn’t a demo, it was a trailer that was included.

        • benhofb

          An unplayable demo? Uh, nah. It was just a trailer.

        • Barrylocke89

          At this point, it would be kinda silly for Atlus to put the trailer into Soul Hackers, since they haven’t officially confirmed it for localization. The only reason I could see them doing that is if that was supposed to be a surprise announcement.

          …but if you DO want to make that a surprise announcement, Atlus, then by all means! You can never have too much Megaten!

          • LightZero

            Nocturne included a teaser of DDS and besides we all know SMT4 is going to be localize.

  • My money is ready.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    my Pre-order is ready

  • Farid Belkacemi

    Still no news for European gamers ? :(

  • Oh god yes! Lock down for Pre-order! Now to find 100 dollars to get that FE 3DS bundle!

    • Ferrick

      but how do you play to find the other 100 dollars though, the bundle is 200 bucks =/ (But still worth it!)

  • DesmaX

    … Yeah, Atlus really is going to make me buy a 3DS one day

  • Junko Enoshima

    Hard Core Hacker
    Hack You!

  • Okay, my social life is now officially dead. Fire Emblem Awakening, then Etrian Odyssey, then Monster Hunter and now this. Yeah, I’m glad my closest friends are gamers. It makes it easier to disappear for a while XD

    • Barrylocke89

      “What Caleb, you can’t hang out with us AGAIN? That’s the fourth time this month, you’re really starting to flake…

      …OH, you’re playing Etrian Odyssey IV and trying to figure out how to get past the FOE on the 8th floor? Sigh, I guess I forgive you, but you’d better at least hook up with us on a hunt in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, ok?

      • As a college student in his last semester though… well yeah it’s going to be very difficult XD

  • Zeik56

    Looks like my birthday is going to be a day late this year.

  • Looks pretty bad ass, but still not interested in a 3DS.

  • SupaPhly

    ghostlight, you’ve got some work to do! :P

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