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Shin Megami Tensei IV’s Staff Have Worked On These Games

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    In their recent announcement for Shin Megami Tensei IV’s Summer release in North America, Atlus mentioned that the game is being worked on by developers who have been involved with games like Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, Strange Journey, Persona and Soul Hackers.

     

    Those are some of Atlus’ more notable games, so we decided to take a look at the staff list on Shin Megami Tensei IV’s Japanese website, to see just what the game’s lead designers have worked on in the past. You can find the translated list below. (Note that this is more of a literal translation to ensure accuracy.)

     

    Scenario original draft: Kazuma Kaneko

    Shin Megami Tensei series demon design

     

    Director: Kazuyuki Yamai

    Maken X – Level Design

    Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (PS1) – Level design, EX dungeon supervisor

    Maken Shao – Lead level design

    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne – Lead level design, NPC dialogue

    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Maniacs – Director

    Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army – Director

    Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon – Director

    Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey – Events, scenario support

    Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS) – Director

     

    Character Designer: Masayuki Doi

    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne – Concept art

    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Maniacs – Concept art

    Digital Devil Saga – Concept art

    Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army – Concept art, sub-character design

    Trauma Center: Second Opinion – Character designer

    Trauma Center: New Blood – Art director, character designer

    Trauma Center 2: Under the Knife – Character designer

    Trauma Team – Art director, Character designer

    Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (PSP) – New character design

    Devil Summoner 2: Soul Hackers (3DS) – New character design

     

    Art Director: Eiji Ishida

    Kartia: The Word of Fate – Movie scenes

    Maken X – Character modelling, motion

    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne – Background graphic supervisor

    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Maniacs – Art director

    Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army – Art director

    Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon – Art director

    Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey – Director

    Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS) – Art director

     

    Main Programmer: Satoshi Ooyama

    Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PS1) – Dungeon tools programming

    Maken Shao – Main programmer

    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne – Main programmer

    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Maniacs – Main programmer

    Digital Devil Saga – Main programmer

    Digital Devil Saga 2 – Main programmer

    Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army – Main programmer

    Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon – Main programmer

    Catherine – Bar Nightmare Stage Dance Floor program

    Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS) – Technical director

     

    Sound Director: Kenichi Tsuchiya

    Revelations: Persona (PS1) – Sound creator [Composer, sound effects]

    Shin Megami Tensei (PS1) – Series porting sound director [Composer, SE]

    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne – Sound creator [Composer, sound effects]

    Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Maniacs – Sound creator [Composer, SE]

    Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army – Sound creator [Voice Recording & MA]

    Persona 3 – Sound creator [Sound effects]

    Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey – Sound creator [Sound effects]

    Tokyo Mono Hara Shi – Sound director [Composition, sound effects]

    Catherine – Sound creator [Composition, sound effects]

    Persona 4: Golden – Sound creator [ Composition, sound effects]

     

    Sound Composer: Ryouta Kozuka

    Persona 4 – Sound creator [Composer]

    Persona (PSP) – Sound creator [Sound effects/new movies BGM etc.]

    Persona 3 Portable – Sound creator [Sound effect creation]

    Trauma Team – Sound creator [Composer, sound effect creation]

    Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time – Sound creator [New OP/ED songs]

    Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PSP) – Sound creator [Arranged BGM, new song comp.]

    Devil Survivor 2 – Sound creator [Composer]

    Devil Survivor: Overclocked – Sound creator [New OP song]

    Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers – Sound creator [New OP, composer, SE porting]

     

    The team of designers working on Shin Megami Tensei IV is called the “Maniacs Team,” presumably due to their heavy involvement in the Maniacs edition of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (and in some cases, the original version, too).

     

    Update: Added Kaneko’s involvement.

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.