Famitsu’s Devil Survivor 2 blowout is online and has a few comments from the team developing the Nintendo DS sequel. Suzuhito Yasuda, character designer on Durarara!! and Yozakura Quartet, was hired as the main character designer for Devil Survivor 2.
Yasuda says he only worked on the main characters since there are many more main characters in Devil Survivor 2 compared to the previous title. Atlus staff are designing the sub characters. Thirteen characters signed a pact with the devil so I suppose the are at least thirteen lead characters in Devil Survivor 2. You can read about the protagonist, Daichi, and Io in our coverage from last night.
Manga artist Mohiro Kitoh (Shadow Star and Noririn) is designing the invaders, specifically boss characters. Kitoh said he was given instructions to make the character look lively on the Nintendo DS so he decided to make create the invaders with easy to understand forms. Alioth (right), the Septentrion invader that arrives on Thursday is one of his designs. Famitsu hints that the Septentrion may not be your standard alien invader by raising the question are the invaders here to destroy mankind or are they saviors?
Kenji Ito known for the Secret of Mana and Romancing SaGa scores is composing music for Devil Survivor 2. He worked with the Atlus sound team to create dark and hard melodies with symphonic elements like the original Devil Survivor.
Shinjiro Takada who worked on the Growlanser series and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor says its been two years and they can finally announce "2." While Devil Survivor was set in Tokyo, Takada says many major cities in Japan have been recreated for the game. The drama in this game comes from the tension of being in the middle of fighting mysterious invaders. Takada says gameplay systems have been strengthened in a big way and Devil Survivor 2 will be a title players can enjoy many times.
Akiko Koto, art director on Devil Survivor and Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, says the Devil Survivor series is a game about choice. The idea of how we choose to live everyday was blended with a strategy RPG system. How will the thirteen devil messengers be affected? Will players be able to protect towns recreated in the game? Are the invaders really a threat? These were some of the questions Koto thought of while working on the game.
Be sure to check Famitsu’s article to see screenshots of the game. The extra turn battle system and the devil auctions return from Devil Survivor. Atlus has Devil Survivor 2 slated for a summer release in Japan.