Lost Dimension Looks Like An RPG Inspired By Shin Megami Tensei IV

By Sato . April 16, 2014 . 11:00pm


Japanese game studio Lancrese, known for helping out on the development of the first Etrian Odyssey and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey will be working with Gravity Rush artist and the writer of the Persona 3 movies for the recently announced Lost Dimension. Famitsu shares more on the upcoming RPG.



Lost Dimension takes place in the near future, where the world is in ruins. You’ll be playing as a member of a secret service group called S.E.A.L.E.D., and will be taking on the task of investigating a giant pillar that appeared out of nowhere.


The above is a mysterious man, known as “The End,” an international terrorist who appears in the pillar. He goes around causing massacres and destruction wherever he goes, while waiting for the end of the world. He’s the reason the United Nations put together a competent group of S.E.A.L.E.D. in order to arrest him.


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Sho Kasugai is the 18 year-old protagonist of Lost Dimension, with a special ability called “Vision” that allows him to foresee events before they happen. After using this ability to save people from a mass destruction, he was chosen to be a member of S.E.A.L.E.D.


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Yoko Tachibana is a 17 year-old high school girl who works hard for her dreams of becoming a singer. She has the gift of telepathy, but she actually hates it, and only uses it when it’s needed.


Additionally, this week’s issue of Famitsu magazine has the following slogan for the game:  

11 psychics with MATERIA venture into a mysterious power to stop “THE END”: an agent of the apocalypse.


The magazine also gives us a closer look at the pillar, that seems to be located in the middle of New York City, which seems to have been long deserted.


It also seems like The End has more on his agenda than ending the world, as he considers the fight against S.E.A.L.E.D. to be nothing more than a game. He seems to have already decided on the death of a certain member of S.E.A.L.E.D., and he also mentions that there’s a traitor among them.


There’s also a member of the group who was originally sentenced to an execution, so there might be some uneasy feelings going on with the group, especially after learning about the traitor.


Lost Dimension is currently in development for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3.

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  • Tyler Harwood Simpson

    Agents of S.E.A.L.E.D.?

    • AnotherVistor02

      So I guess we have a director/leader with an eye patch :)

    • Red Veron

      Led by Director Rick Cory.

      • Tyler Harwood Simpson

        Nah, man. Chuck Calm.

    • domonkun

      Lancrese’s Agents of S.E.A.L.E.D. will return in a moment…

    • Demonspartanx20

      This is all leading up to a movie called The Revengers.

      • God

        I was thinking something more along the lines of “The Vindictives”, but “The Revengers” sounds better.

      • Ric Vazquez

        Best pun I’ve read in a while LOL

  • harmonyworld

    It looks super inspired by megaten! Wow!

  • Suicunesol

    Above the pillar is the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado…

  • Cheesy12

    “…the United Nations put together a competent group of S.E.A.L.E.D. in order to arrest him.”

    “Sho Kasugai is the 18 year-old protagonist…”

    “Yoko Tachibana is a 17 year-old high school girl…”

    Anyone else find this sort of amusing and funny? :3

    • domonkun

      Saving the world, then worrying about what to wear to prom.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      If those two are the only ones competent enough for the job, then the world in Lost Dimension is officially screwed.

    • Why do they always have to be 15-19, seriously ._.

      • Kumiko Akimoto


      • Janrabbit

        Because that’s the target demographic for the game? Much easier to relate to a character your own age. I’m sure not every character will be this age, unless there are only 2 characters in the whole game, which I doubt.

        • Is it really? Because even more adult games from Japan are usually about teenagers, even the games that are also sold in the west where a big part of the players is 20-25+. I refuse to believe that almost every japanese game is targeted to 15-19 years olds. I don’t know, I guess they just like watching 16 years old saving the world ._.

          • AkuLord3

            But the characters are 17-18~ COME ON MAN know ur numbers. But yeah ages whatever, gameplay and story that’s that matters. Still yeah the ages aren’t targeting the same age audience

          • Of course! I know it’s not the most important thing, but I just cant take it 100% seriously when I play 17-18 years olds being chosen to save the world over and over again ._.

          • raymk

            I don’t see how you can’t when magic and powers are involved. Just consider the people they find prodigies and you know people like that can be more capable than adults at times.

          • Kornelious

            I like that most protagonists are teenagers, personally i can relate to it (As has been said) Also it usually seems that teenagers have more going on in their lives at that age than adults, and just overall are fun to play as. When I think of this I think of people like Jude Mathis, Lloyd Irving, Sora, Shulk, Link, or Adol Christian who are all pretty bad ass :)

          • But if they don’t do it who will? Lol =P

          • God

            DRAGON FIST!

          • What age would you take more seriously?

          • Cazar

            It’s not just about relatabilty. In Japan youth is considered to be a very important phase of life so many of these types of stories revolve around youths. Where as in the west they are just perceived as naive and stupid, so most main characters are tough guys in their 30s.

          • Exactly. In the east kids and teens are shown to be able to mature and rise to the occasion more often than in the west. Where they’re shown as lazy and hormonal.

        • Pombar

          Except that Strange Journey had a fantastic and believable cast in comparison – an international team of adults. Japanese teenagers being sent by the UN to save New York? The only thing that’d make my eyes roll more would be if one of them looked 8 years old but was ‘actually’ 10,000 years old.

      • karldeck

        They also do with younger characters, because something with japan and making every characters the same age as their target demographic, even if the target demographic will get nightmares after watching it.

      • Skeptika Crediblus

        Because old people look like shit in skimpy anime outfits.

      • So you want an old 100 year old male/female that barely can walk as the MC? Cool story bro.

    • JustThisOne

      xD Ah well, I guess it’s because they were the only psychics they could find.

      But also, I have a hunch there are older members to the cast as well. I don’t know a lot of ex-con type characters that also happen to be high school kids.

    • inb4 one of the other SEALED members is the “old man” of the team, at the ripe old age of 24 years old; practically one foot in the grave

  • Firion Hope

    Sounds awesome!

  • SauriansMaster!!

    Something tells me EU will get this game before SMTIV, mark my words.

    • Zoozbuh

      I know, right. I was thinking the same thing

    • Neffy L

      Damn… You are right though. But even if we won’t get it here in EU, we can still import it. After all, no region locking on Vita.

    • JMaster3000

      SMT IV won’t come in Europe, mark my words.
      I’m prepared for the wounds.

  • TempestTwin

    Looks amazing.

  • brian

    inb4 MGS3 references.

    • AkuLord3

      I’m surprised by the lack of it…maybe we’ll see how “The End” gets his parrot friend

  • otakumike

    I’m digging the art style.

  • gk2012

    I hope that first screenshot is just a bad angle, because that’s one ugly looking MC.

  • Earthjolly

    “will be taking on the task of investigating a giant pillar that appeared out of nowhere.”

    So Tartarus

  • klkAlexar

    Looks interesting, I hope this one turns out good.

  • Guest

    Anyone else thinking of SHIELD when they hear SEALED?

    On a more serious note, it looks interesting so I will check it out.

    • Morricane

      Especially since the pronounciation in Japanese (kana) would be virtually identical? :)

  • Slickyslacker

    “11 psychics with MATERIA venture into a mysterious power to stop “THE END”: an agent of the apocalypse.”

    Kadaj…Yazoo…Loz. The Northern Cavern, Meteorfall.


  • Looks pretty damn cool, can’t wait to see more of it

  • iamakii

    I’m getting Type-0 vibes and I’m liking it.

  • tubers

    Wonder what kind of rpg it is.

    Hope it’s not some dungeon crawler with randomly generated fields.

  • Alestaos

    Us EUers will properly get this before Shin Megami Tensei IV <_<

  • Zoozbuh

    Hmm… Well maybe Europe will actually GET this game, unlike the actual SMT IV. *still bitter*

  • Vash bane

    sounds interesting

  • hng qtr

    “The above is a mysterious man, known as “The End,” an international terrorist who appears in the pillar.”

    “He’s the reason the United Nations put together a competent group of S.E.A.L.E.D. in order to arrest him.”
    I guess they don’t know about that trick of changing the system’s date.

    • Lumi

      I think there’s a reference here somewhere that I’m not getting.

      • hng qtr

        MGS 3, if you change the date of the internal clock of the PS2(or wait a week before playing it again) when you’re fighting “The End” he will die of old age.

        • Kai2591

          WHAT? you can do that?!
          lol I never knew!

          • Skeptika Crediblus

            Holy shit, me neither!

    • God

      I just hope they give the guy a Sniper Rifle.

  • Nagi

    The fate of the world once again is up to the young high-school and college students…ヾ(。◕ฺ∀◕ฺ)ノ nothing new here :>

  • Göran Isacson

    Welp, while I can’t say that much of this sounds super-new, I do at least dig The Ends visual design. Wonder if he will just be some crazy kook who wants to end the world because, or if there is in fact a compelling reason to him.

  • Gregor

    Finally, a SMT for home consoles, lol :) Let’s hope it’s a good substitute for the SMTIV I still can’t play :)

  • NISA or AKSYS I’m counting on you guys. Day one limited edition.

  • They have a lot of nice people working on this. This definitely has that SMT vibe to it. The style is very reminiscent of Digital Devil Saga, and that is to my liking.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    looks and sounds amazing

  • Kornelious

    Looks pretty cool though they didn’t really explain it’s relation to SMT4, And I wish they would go into the combat a little more…….
    Also, The game takes place in NY City…..Does that mean a localization is guaranteed!? Jk lol XD

  • DarthSithZero

    There’s a lot of “Inspirations” these damn.

  • I look forward to see more about it !
    Instead of SMT IV… That’s something !

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    I’ll just pass one Mind=Zero and play this, and still keep my Persona buzz going.

    Wait, their company name is “Lance-arse”?


    • You know you like it lol

      • Skeptika Crediblus

        Only if she’s into it. :P

        • God

          Why do you care?

          • Dragard Kaos

            YHVH pls, we killed you already.

          • God

            Don’t confuse me with that pathetic god wannabe.

          • Skeptika Crediblus

            Because I want her to enjoy herself, too, otherwise it’d be weird!

          • God

            Who are you and what did you do to Bender?!

  • Suriel Cruz

    It does have that ‘Persona’, ‘SMT: Digital Devil Saga’ overall Shin Megami Tensei feel to it that I like. Can’t wait and hopefully(most likely!) it gets localized.

  • QueenDecim

    Oh god this is just bringing back horrible memories of Tartarus. Please don’t let it be as bland and shit as that, this game actually looks kinda neat.

  • I want this game, I haven’t got to play a turn-based RPG in a long time. And my PS4 could use some. RPGs are my main (almost only) genre I play. Plus if it’s deep like Persona games, that’s good too. The only reason I don’t play those games are due to dark sexual look of their monsters and stories and also since most characters turn into or summon monsters (which annoys me since I prefer the humans doing their own skills not just doing stock spells that monsters already do).

    Most of all the psychic angle is a plus. Ever since Dark City I’ve always loved Telekinesis the most of supernatural powers.

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    “11 psychics with MATERIA”

    If they have materia, who needs psychic powers? Just w-summon, Knights of the Round, mimic, and the monster dies…

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