More Shin Megami Tensei Games Coming As PS2 Classics

By Ishaan . May 7, 2014 . 10:31am

Yesterday, Atlus sent out a newsletter after Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne was made available as a PS2 Classic for PlayStation 3. After letting fans know that the game was available, they teased that more Shin Megami Tensei games are on the way as well.


At the end of the newsletter, they stated: “Is that it? Are there more PS2 classics to come? It’s getting hot in here with all these SMT releases…”


We asked Atlus if it would be accurate to assume that the tease was for more Shin Megami Tensei games specifically, Atlus USA’s John Hardin replied, “I’m not saying you’re inaccurate…”


Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha and the Soulless Army was recently made available as a PS2 Classic, so perhaps Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon is next?

  • IF only Europe got the same treatment.

    • Eder García

      PS3 is region free, why the complaint?

      • It’s technically valid. Buying out-of-region PSN cards to buy this stuff (since usually things like this will only take credit/debit cards of your actual region) can usually be a real pain.

        • Ash_Riot

          Eh. It’s not different than buying Strange Journey for DS, which is what we Euro peasants had to do to play that game. It’s definitely worth it.

      • Aunna Terrell

        You still have to create a different region PSN account, worry about how to connect your credit card information, and then purchase NA PSN cards if they can’t use the EU CCs?

        • Eder García

          i am from Mexico and i have a US account… its not that difficult to make a US account, just pic an hotel address and done. and for the PSN cards, just buy it online and get the codes via email, its legit.

          • Aunna Terrell

            I know it’s that simple, but there’s no need to attack someone with the “why the complaint?” when they (or even others) probably already looked into it.

            There’s various reasons, like they probably don’t want to spend the extra money for the PSN cards online bc of exchange rates, or they’re not sure if they could politely ask someone from the NA to buy them the cards before/after sending them the money. Or that they just don’t want to do it.

        • Exactly as Eder says. I’m also from Mexico and created a US account. I DID used the address of my aunt but you could easily get one from an hotel or some random address. As for PSN cards, you cna easily get them online and that’s it.

          • Aunna Terrell

            I know that, but not a lot of people want to do it. Like I know I can set up a JP or EU account but chose not to. The decision is all up to the person.

          • MakoSoldier7

            then they also lose the ability to complain about the lack of ability to access US psn games.

      • Well I have a PS3 Slim and it would cost me a lot of cash to even fund a US PSN account

        • Eder García

          it depends on the prices on Euros, buy the cards online and make an US account, its easy.

          • True…. But it seems like a hassle .

            I’ll keep it in mind though

          • ZeroV3

            My main psn account is R1,
            Im from asia = R3, which some of my physical copy/DLC are bought and get from
            Im using R2 for my FFXiV

            Its a hassle at start, but simply become few second task after understanding its flow… :)

    • Ninten

      It would be pretty neat if Atlus branched out to Europe as well. That would mean plus income for them.

      • Blueberry

        They sort of did! Just a few months ago they released P3FES on the PS3 PSN. Previously Persona had been released by Tecmo Koei or Ghostlight but Sony’s new rules might have allowed Atlus to self-publish in Europe as well.

  • ヴィンチェンゾ Vincenzo

    I wish PS2 Classics were available on Vita, too (A man can dream)

    • Firion Hope

      Hoping they come to PS4 at E3 and support remote play

    • Androu1

      Nocturne on Vita?

      Oh god… that would be so wonderful…

      • Ric Vazquez

        It would be magnificent, godly even…

      • SolRevr

        That’s the thought I had when the news about Nocturne hitting PS2 Classics broke.

        I’d pay $20 for a full Vita HD release. All they’d need to do in my mind is add trophies and redo the menu art to be HD. All the other in-game art would be totally fine rendered out at a higher rez. That game has the best SMT music in my opinion. The mellow fusion music gives me goosebumps.

      • Dragon Quest VIII port on PS3/Vita

        • LightZero

          Not likely. DQ always go to the most popular system in Japan. Safe to say if they did re-release DQVIII on a gaming system it would be the 3DS.

          • Don’t kill the dream, Hei. Don’t kill my dream,

      • Shane Guidaboni

        I thought they were and I was ready to drop money on a Vita. Sony, why don’t you want my money?

    • Hey, Playstation Now is coming. We might get such a dream to come true yet.

    • Nu Blitz

      Could they just update it to allow it?

      • ヴィンチェンゾ Vincenzo

        I really hope so: even if PS Now would be another worthy solution, being able to play these classics offline would be superb

        • Blueberry

          I really like having ownership of the games too. And my WiFi is not fast enough for PS Now, I would guess.

          • ヴィンチェンゾ Vincenzo

            You’re right, I didn’t think About PS Now renting system,they ought to introduce some kind of permanent purchase

      • Blueberry

        PSVita is not powerful enough to emulate the games. Although, if they would develop tools for porting PS2-games to Vita, that could be a possibility! That would have to be developed on a game-by-game basis.

        • Nu Blitz

          And so ends my fantasy of playing Growlanser Gigolo of War on the go.

          • Blueberry

            Maybe a bit too obscure for them to port it yes :(

    • Blueberry

      P3FES on the train :) I would finally have time to finish that game :)

      • ヴィンチェンゾ Vincenzo

        I’m waiting FES to be playable on Vita as well because it’s the most complete version of it(in spite of some additions, i think P3P is downgraded in too many parts,)

        • Blueberry

          Yeah, I don’t want my first time seeing the cut scenes being without the anime sequences and character animations. P3P is probably fine if you’ve already played the game and just want to concentrate on the gameplay.

          Atlus already has the tools to port the Persona 3/4 engine to Vita so I think there is a possibility!

          • Tom_Phoenix

            In my opinion, the anime sequences (which are poorly designed to begin with) and character animations are not worth having to deal with FES’ very outdated gameplay. On top of that, The Answer is notorious for being a tedious grindfest and has a rather lackluster story, so not getting to play it isn’t much of a loss.

            P3P was not perfect; if nothing else, no amount of updating could fix the core design flaws of the original game. But in spite of the cuts in presentation (which isn’t much of a loss either, considering both P3 and P4 are at least partially glorified visual novels), the gameplay improvements it brought were quite significant. Plus, the addition of a female protagonist with a whole new set of S. Links was a bigger addition than The Answer.

            Speaking as someone who got into the (meta-)series with P3P, I can definitely say it is entirely appropriate for newcomers to P3.

          • FTM

            I agree. I first played P3 through P3P. I had an amazing time with it, but when I’d finished I’d learned that about the missing cutscenes. I was bummed, but then youtubed them— for one, they’re really not that important in P3, and two, I was able to watch them on Youtube and so didn’t mind all that much anymore.
            I really loved it; the colors and music are what really roped me into the psp version; big fan of the cursor-direction also, and would have liked the option for it in P4:G even!

          • Astraye

            P3P is less immersive than FES, of course you can start with it and love it but starting with FES is still a better experience imo. ( for the record, i started with P3P and when i finished FES, i regretted not starting with it. ) Seeing your characters during cutscene or events is just so much better than the visual novel aspect. The only good thing about P3P is that it has a better gameplay.

  • BillyMK

    There could be a PSOne/2 classic release every week. So many great jrpgs waiting to be played again.

  • JohnNiles

    Oof… I wonder if it was a mistake to buy all those used PS2 games so many years ago. I still haven’t gotten around to playing them. I suppose I’ll look at this as a nice safety valve in case my PS2 breaks down.

    I was tired when I looked at the header image; I thought it was the Nocturne protagonist alongside Raidou Kuzunoha. Wouldn’t an all-star cast be crazy…

    • NimbusStev

      Nah, it wasn’t a mistake. Digital releases are a nice way for people to play hard to find games, but nothing beats having an old classic sitting on your shelf.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Like this?

  • Aunna Terrell

    The only PS2 games missing are: Digital Devil Saga 1&2 and Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon.

    But since I have them all physically, I won’t be purchasing any atm. D: But a fangirl can dream, right~?

  • AlteisenX

    iirc they said they had issues with Digital Devil Saga right?

    • Aunna Terrell

      The issues came from Ghostlight when they tried to emulate it for the EU PSN. Nothing about NA, iirc.

      • ndoto

        As far as I know, Linka is correct – there was a problem with the PS3 native emulation. I have a launch model PS3 with the hardware emulation, and Nocturne and both DDS games would freeze frequently. My best guess was always that the emulation was hitting against a bug in the graphics engine those three games used.

        I sent a message on Twitter to AtlusUSA asking if they can confirm the freezing issue is fixed for the PS2 Classics release but I haven’t heard back. That being said, if the issue HAS been resolved, the “hot = Heat” hint being for the DDS titles as upcoming PS2 Classics would indeed make the most sense (and would tie in nicely with the timing of the upcoming translated release of the first Avatar Tuner novel, for that matter…)

        • Aunna Terrell

          Oh no, I understand what Linka said. Though, Digital Devil Saga was ONLY announced for the EU PSN, a NA announcement never happened. Then Ghostlight made a post about how they couldn’t emulate the game correctly for a digital release, they had to pull their plans of releasing it.

    • They had issues with DDS and Nocturne with the PS3 native emulator.

      Given that they released Nocturne now, I guess they fixed the problem in the code that was messing with it.

    • Nogib

      I remember hearing that too.

    • Niyari

      Nocturne too, but look at where it’s at now.

  • phayroent

    I’d like to get a SMT game on Vita. I need something like it when I’m on long flights.

    • transferstudentx

      or when iam in the ba…… nevermind…..still great to have it though!

  • 3PointDecoupage

    Wh cant every company be awesome like Atlus?

  • Alex Sargeant

    So, is the ‘getting hot in here?’ another hint? I mean Heat is a guy IN DDS so that’s make sense.

    I might just wait for them all to come out and just blow it all out in one go.

  • Brandonmkii

    I already own them all but the more people that can play them the better.

  • Definitely happy to hear this. I might own the games physically, but it doesn’t mean I might not one day want to own the digital copies of it, even if just for the sake of convenience.

    I hope other people who haven’t been able to play these games yet will enjoy this!

    • Aunna Terrell

      I did the same with most of Square’s PS1 Classics. XD I might do it with Atlus’ games later down the road too. Just not right now.

      • Well, really, when you think about it– technically, these disks will wear down eventually through constant use. Why not be able to preserve them by going digital? Sure sounds like a good deal to me.

        Also really getting Square’s PS1 games is worth it if only since PS1 games are now Vita compatible. Portable FF games, yes.

        • neo_firenze

          Square’s PS1 games have been worth it for portability for quite a while since they’re compatible with PSP as well.

          Even though I own them all on disc, I bought them on PSN and put them on a PSP Go. Got a component video out cable so I can play them on my TV with a Dual Shock 3 (Go has Bluetooth controller support) even BETTER than on my discs, since the load times are faster and I can unhook and take the PSP with me anywhere I want.

          • Yeah, the PSP too. Sorry, I actually wasn’t thinking of the PSP anymore, especially now. XD

            But it definitely is worth owning the PS1 classics, and load times are definitely a big plus about it all.

        • Tom_Phoenix

          I already preserve them….by creating a disc image and playing them on a PC emulator. =P (And no, it’s not illegal if you have the genuine system and games, which I do).

          • Haha, I can see why some people do that, but I guess I just really like playing things on the systems, not the PC.

      • Ric Vazquez

        Same here

  • Spirit Macardi

    This is great, the PS2 Classics section desperately needs more good games. The section has been pretty barren ever since its initial launch, and this could add some much needed life to it.

    Now if only Namco would get off its ass and put Klonoa 2 on there.

  • Wait what

    I’m glad to see this but at the same time I really wish they would release SMT I and SMT II as the PSOne classics instead. They even have a translation for SMT I now.

    • While that would be cool, I think first they’d want to translate SMT II for the iOS, so they can have the script.

      But the other thing is that actually applying a translating to an older rom is a little harder than you’d think, and regardless of desire for the games, they’re still archaic in design and mechanics. They’d have to know there’s really a demand for the PS1 versions to know that it’s worth putting the code time into.

      What’s more likely to happen is that they might show up one day as PS1 Imports.

  • Arizato

    I would easily buy Raidou Kuzunoha Vs King Abaddon, tracked down an EU copy of The Soulless Army a few months ago after several months of searching. It’s incredibly hard to come by the PAL release of that game. As an avid Megami Tensei Collector I will import King Abaddon Collector’s Edition someday, but that’s when I have some serious cash to spend so an eventual PSN release will have to do for the time being.

  • oh man…MORE smt games coming? yes please…i just bought nocturne yesterday and it has no problems at all, i would love to see digital devil saga come.

  • ThatGuy3190_7

    2014 is the year of Shin Megami Tensei. If only there was some news or update about Devil Survivor 2: Break Record.

    • Yeah, tell me about it, I’ve been holding off buying DeSu2 just because the 3DS version is /supposed/ to be existing.

    • LightZero

      Indeed but sadly it seems they put the game on hold for pimping out Persona.

  • $102890726

    Are PS2 classics region free?

    • Technically, everything on PSN is region-free, but you need to not only make the specific region PSN account (and sign into it when you want to play the games), but you need to get the funds added. Generally, services like this will only take the cards of your region in terms of debit/credit, but you can get around it by buying region-specific PSN codes– which vary quite a bit in price depending on where you live and order from.

  • Bring on the Shin Megami Tensei! Ugh… as if my backlog wasn’t REALLY long already :/

  • SMT

    I hope us Europeans can get the US versions on the PS3 instead of the EU versions… The EU version of DDS is probably the worst conversion to 50Hz I’ve ever witnessed, it makes the game look uglier AND choppy, with voices not syncing with the visuals and it’s SO SLOW… And unlike DDS2 there was no option to use 60Hz.

    I don’t remember if Nocturne had it (Thankfully I had the US version)… Though I think Nocturne had that annoying early PS2 “Triangle is the cancel button”. PS2 classics have the option to map buttons right?

  • Abysswalker90

    YESSSS, KING ABADDON!!! I was so close to beating this game before my PS2 died…. =/
    I was hoping to get another go. FANTASTIC GAME, IT MADE ME THINK ABOUT THINGS.

    Nocturne is the real deal though. I love that game more than most things in this world.

    • Thom

      This is the correct answer.

      Man nothing beats Nocturne’s style and music.

  • harmonyworld

    I actually bought king abaddon from gamestop a few years ago lol!
    I haven’t beat it and it was terribly glitched trying to get it to start up.
    Perhaps I’ll think about buying this :3

  • Samsara09

    possibly digital devil saga?

  • evilkoala

    Digital Devil Saga! Even though they said the game engine wasn’t compatible, this was such a great pair of games…

  • transferstudentx

    lets pray Digital Devil Saga Digital Devil Saga Digital Devil Saga Digital Devil Saga asuming they fixed the problems they had with the ps3 emulater

  • Ms_Fortune

    Brb, buying a PS3.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    King Abaddon next, please! My PS2 can’t run it properly anymore :(

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    DDS please!

  • SirTeffy

    The “hot in here” sounded like a clue to me, so I asked my roommate if he knew of any “Atlus games that involved heat.” Then I realized, “Heat. Digital Devil Saga. OF COURSE.”

  • Vinny hawj

    I wants Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2.
    Can’t wait to get all of these Shin Megami Tensei series.

  • darkfox1

    I can’t escape my hunger..

  • ShindoW

    Please say the issues were resolved and DDS will be on this list!

  • Rake

    I currently have Perosna 3 Fes, Perosna 4, Devil Summoner 1, and Nocturne. So far Perosna 4 and Nocturne look fantastic on the right settings.

    Once they add Devil Summoner 2 and both DDS games, I will be complete. Oh, and also releasing the English translations of SMT II, and SMT if.

  • Thom

    I dutifully played trough DDS1. Did enjoy it. But DDS2 is one of my favorite RPGs on the PS2 but it’s completely meaningless without DDS1. So thrilled more people will know the brilliance of DDS2!

    • Thom

      It’s basically essential to beat the optional bosses in DDS1 for the special items in DDS2.

  • Strain42

    I’d probably be more excited for all these PS2 MegaTen games coming onto the PSN if I didn’t already own all of them. I’m glad they’re here for the people who want them, but they don’t do me any good.

    Now if they wanna get around to adding Revelations: Persona so I can get it without an emulator of shelling out around 100 bucks… (and yes, I realize it’s an atrocious game, but it’s still a MegaTen that I don’t own)

  • CrazedSlayer

    Would pay lots of monies for a Nocturne: Golden for Vita! :D

  • Impressionnant

    I hope Raidou comes, because it’s impossible to play on an emulator without a god-tier cpu.

  • omg omg omg!

  • LightZero

    After DDS and Raidou 2 comes out for PSN, all any megaten will need going forward are the PS3, 3DS, and Vita to play the more official English releases. Now if only Atlus can remember Break Record, so they can move forward to a Devil Survivor 3 for my 3DS.

  • Rothion

    I just want Digital Devil Saga lol

  • -Misaki-

    And Eternal Punishment HD still not localized…

    • Solomon_Kano

      There was an HD version of Eternal Punishment… ?

      • -Misaki-

        Oh yea I meant the PSP version which is not localized yet.

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