Shin Megami Tensei 5 Finally Resurfaces With a 2021 Release Window

Shin Megami Tensei 5 Finally Resurfaces With a 2021 Release Window

SMT fans, your time has finally arrived.

The longest wait for one Nintendo Switch exclusive could be drawing to an end next year. After years of silence, Shin Megami Tensei 5 finally has a release window of 2021.

Announced during today's short Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, the fifth numbered installment in Atlus's Shin Megami Tensei series is set for next year. The trailer was brief but showed exactly what you'd expect and want from Shin Megami Tensei: demons, angels, and apocalyptic visions galore.

In a press release covering the Direct Mini, Nintendo confirmed that Shin Megami Tensei 5 is still a Nintendo Switch exclusive, and that it will have a simultaneous global launch in 2021. Also revealed during the stream was a remaster of Shin Megami Tensei 3, known in the U.S. as Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne, which will arrive on the Nintendo Switch in spring 2021.

Shin Megami Tensei fans have been waiting for ages for news about this installment. Atlus has been silent on the project since it was announced way back in 2017. We got an idea of some topics it would cover, but that's really about it.

In the SMT universe, this is probably a bad sign. | Atlus/Nintendo

The mainline series's counterpart, the Persona line of RPGs, has been otherwise thriving with games like Persona 5 and its spinoffs. Atlus did survey about games on the Switch last year, and games like Tokyo Mirage Sessions have filled the gap, but the time for Shin Megami Tensei proper's return is finally here.

Hopefully we'll get some more info as we move towards a 2021 launch. But really, it's nice to just be able to type Shin Megami Tensei 5 again without that pang of uncertainty lingering in the back of my mind.

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