Atlus has a game preservation problem


Over the past few years, Atlus has seen an influx of new fans with the release of critically acclaimed titles like Shin Megami Tensei V and personas 5. Despite the dazzling success and renewed interest in the great Shin Megami Tensei franchise, Atlus hasn’t made the effort to completely re-release older games in the series. This made the central main titles, along with the multitude of sub-series, inaccessible to the modern fan.

Building on the foundations established in 1987 Digital Devil Story: Megami TenseiAtlus posted the original Shin Megami Tensei in 1992. It served as the neo-origin point for the franchise, establishing the main series and laying the groundwork for the many sub-series that would soon follow. However, despite its incredibly rich library, Atlus seems to have little interest when it comes to preserving video games, given most Shin Megami Tensei games are not readily available on modern platforms.

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Regarding the main series, the only two titles currently available on current generation consoles are Shin Megami Tensei V (which is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch) and the HD remaster of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. Shin Megami Tensei and Shin Megami Tensei II have yet to receive a western version on any console, with the sole exception of a 2014 port of the original Shin Megami Tensei for iOS, which are not accessible on current-generation iOS devices. Shin Megami Tensei IV, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux are currently blocked on the Nintendo 3DS. The upcoming shutdown of the 3DS online store will soon make these titles digitally unavailable, forcing fans to buy overpriced used copies.

Several sub-series find themselves in the same dilemma, such as the tactical RPG series, surviving devilperpetuated by its two enriched reissues, Devil Survivor: Overclocked and Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker. The final shutdown of the 3DS e-store will make all surviving devil series completely inaccessible. the original The Soul Piratesthe second game of the Devil Summoner sub-series, is another 3DS title in danger of losing accessibility, which is rather problematic since Atlus recently brought the game back into the limelight with the announcement of its upcoming sequel, Soul Hackers 2.

Similar to the 3DS, the PlayStation 3 digital store is home to several Shin Megami Tensei titles from past PlayStation eras. While Sony backtracked on its statement regarding the closure of the PlayStation 3 store, the process of buying digital games on a PlayStation 3 is rather tedious. Either way, the PS3 is the only way to access multiple Shin Megami Tensei titles, such as Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoah vs. Soulless Army and its sequel, Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoah Vs. King Abaddon. The most notable series still trapped on the PlayStation 3 is Digital Devil Sagawhich is highly regarded for its fresh take on the turn-based combat system and its unique, character-driven narrative indicative of a classic Personage Title.

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Despite Atlus’ recent prioritization of the highly lucrative Personage sub-series, it still has its fair share of conservation issues. While Atlus has certainly kept personas 5 and Persona 4 in the spotlight with several ports and re-releases, the game that laid the groundwork for these titles, Persona 3, has yet to see a release on current-gen hardware. Its latest iteration, Persona 3 Portable, was released over ten years ago on PlayStation Portable. Moreover, the original Revelations: Persona as good as Personas 2 duology have been completely neglected since their PSP remakes.

This begs the question: what can Atlus do to circumvent the preservation crisis? Subscription services, such as Sony’s revamped PlayStation Plus, could serve as a means of preservation for the past Shin Megami Tensei games exclusive to Sony consoles. Additionally, many titles stuck on previous-generation hardware can find a new home on modern consoles and digital marketplaces like Steam in the form of re-releases and game collections, the latter of which is an ideal choice for smaller sub-companies. series such as Digital Devil Saga and surviving devil.

the Shin Megami Tensei The franchise is at the height of its popularity, but many beloved titles are completely inaccessible on the current generation of consoles. Persona 4’s massive success on Steam is a great indication of demand for seniors Shin Megami Tensei securities. Offering such a small collection of games on modern platforms is an insult to the franchise as a whole, as newcomers can’t take advantage of the sheer number of unique experiences offered by each sub-series under the Shin Megami Tensei umbrella.

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