Shin Megami Tensei V Announced for Nintendo Switch

Atlus has officially announced Shin Megami Tensei V for the Nintendo Switch.

Featured above, you can view the game’s announcement trailer. Coming from the game’s debut trailer, it’s clear the game is set in modern day Tokyo. You get a look at uniformed high school students walking inside a train station, followed by demon bodies in the subway tunnels. The students then become surrounded by demons in a ravaged form of the city.

The game was previously teased as a new title within the series – now we know it’s the next mainline entry.

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  • Anon_Amous
  • Klarktastic

    I hope there’s a Improved version of the switch by the time it comes west. I really would prefer not to buy the current version.

  • Captain Vidya

    Get your COMP, loser. We’re going demon recruiting.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    It was a pretty obvious guess, but it’s nice to have confirmation.

  • Matz

    This game was my main reason to get a Switch, turning out to be the next mainline entry made it better

    Good thing the game won’t be ready until 2019, maybe we could have a better Nintendo Switch model than the current one

  • XimXim

    Nice, Pretty much confirms my purchase of a Switch. I have time to save too so that’s a plus.

  • Nagato

    Atlus really is a bizarre company for continuing to port games to the 3DS, when those titles would be much more logical if also on Switch as a leadup to this releasing.

  • Jack Thompson

    What’s wrong with the current version other than the fact that it’s the first and can probably be improved?

  • totenglocke

    He’ll say something like “It needs to have a 4k screen, 64 TB of storage, a 20 hour battery life, and cost $50”. These asshats have been saying the same shit since before the Switch even launched.

  • SevTheBear
  • malbhet

    I got a feeling Shin Megami Tensei V is going to be a 3rd person rpg like Devil Summoner.

  • magicalfollower

    OK, Atlus i get it. You want me to buy a Switch, fine…

  • Donwel

    To be fair even a 5 hour battery life would be nice, I only get 3 from mine though that is playing Zelda. Otherwise it’s a fine console though.

  • Morlab

    Revelations/Persona and SMT aren’t the same thing, despite how much people want to shout it out because of it sharing monster designs.

  • SuuLoliBoob

    This. If one thing i do agree with, is that the switch does need a bit more a better battery.

  • RetroGamer

    And that’s just on normal difficulty. You don’t wanna see “hard” mode.

  • totenglocke

    It’s 3-5, depending on how intense the game is. Just like the 3DS.

  • 2501

    Man first Xenoblade Chronicles 2, new NMH game, and now SMT V? Time to get a switch i think.

  • Klarktastic

    Don’t put words in my mouth please.

  • Klarktastic

    I would like improved battery life, a better dock and Bluetooth support for headphones.

  • Travis Touchdown
  • DrearierSpider

    Why? CEMU was out and in good condition before its official life cycle even ended. Plus many of its major titles have been confirmed for Switch (Bayo2, W101, MK8…)

  • DrearierSpider

    I hate how Atlus divides the series to SMT on Nintendo and Persona on PlayStation. If you’re gonna jump across console families, at least put all games across both (and PC ideally).

  • totenglocke

    Uh, Bayonetta is not confirmed for Switch at all.

  • Jack Thompson

    >no Bluetooth headphones
    That’s a deal breaker for portability. Do they make you buy a Nintendo™ brand headset to use headphones at all?

  • Klarktastic

    Nah, it has a normal 3.5 headphone jack.

  • Klarktastic

    oh and btw headphone jack is above the screen so it looks extra ridiculous and the cord keeps sliding in front of you.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    No mounted Marie; no buy.

  • My Mara is ready.

  • Michael Richardson

    Not confirmed, but there has been a lot of heavy hinting, and it’d make sense to port Bayo 2 to the Switch to give it another chance on a console people actually want to buy.

  • Michael Richardson

    Brilliant. I couldn’t be happier. And this will be a full console-scale experience like the games on the PS2. No more pictures of your demons on the bottom screen of a handheld.

  • totenglocke

    Platinum has “hinted” at a lot of different things. Until they say anything concrete, there’s been too many false hopes to assume anything.

  • Michael Richardson

    I use a headset with the Switch all the time. The positioning of the headset jack isn’t an issue at all (unlike the 3DS, which I can’t even rest on a table when I have a headset plugged in because the jack is on the bottom).

  • Jack Thompson

    SMT games are on PS2 though.

  • Neppers

    Watch Treehouse get a hold of this.

  • Jack Thompson

    Don’t even joke about that man.


    My Wii U received a lot of love. Still play it.


    I hope so.


    That’s a big veiny mother fucker.

  • magicalfollower


  • Travis Touchdown

    >CeMU was in good condition

    Nice joke:

  • drew

    This Nintendo pre damage control is just sad

  • drew

    Nice try but CEMU is excellent since ages ago many games playable well start to finish

  • DrearierSpider

    And SEGA made consoles around that time. Shit can change in 15 years, believe it or not.

  • DrearierSpider
  • Jack

    That’s pretty goood

  • Hell no as I can play them better on PC.

  • Grampy_Bone

    You mother fuckers. This is so getting emulated.

  • Travis Touchdown

    Joke’s on you, you can’t emulate Switch games.

  • Travis Touchdown

    They should just put Persona on Nintendo consoles and be done with it.

  • Jack Thompson

    War never changes.

  • Kakaku

    You might’ve heard of Breath of the Wild getting emulated, but that game also had a Wii U port. Right now there’s no working Switch emulator.

  • DrearierSpider

    Yet, Travis…you can’t emulate switch games yet.

  • CRES

    My thoughts on the current Switch line up.

    Zelda Breath of the Wild: Looks neat.
    ARMS: Meh.
    Splatoon 2: Meh.
    Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Why?
    Super Mario Odyssey: Okay, kind of a weird direction for Mario.
    Shin Megami Tensei V: SHIT now I have to get the system.

  • Sony fans are crying at gematsu. Kek.

  • Jayden

    Yet, Travis…you can’t emulate switch games yet.

  • Dr. Roswell. W
  • Zombie_Barioth

    Other way around, Persona is apart of the Shin Megami Tensei franchise, hence it originated as a subtitle.

  • True Goddess Reincarnation

    That is old Mara.

  • True Goddess Reincarnation

    That game was shit.

  • True Goddess Reincarnation

    Same as Apocalypse the protagonist gets killed and brought back as a pawn it seems.

  • malbhet

    Actually if you look back at the very first game Persona is a spinoff of Shin Megami Tensei. The very first Persona game came out in 1996, which was a spinoff of the previously released Digital Devil Shin Megami games . The very first game in the series (Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei) came out in 1987. Persona is to Shin Megami Tensei what Stardust Crusaders is to the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure franchise, it only made the summons gimmick into apart of the main game.

  • MoeIsLife

    This would mean war.

  • sanic

    Now we wait…

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Uh, yeah, that’s exactly what I’m saying. You made it sound as if SMT was a spioff of Persona.

    Shin Megami Tensei If was technically the first “Persona” with it’s high school setting, while Revelations continued it as it’s own thing.

    The guardian system from that game is what inspired the Persona mechanics.

    They aren’t apart of the main series though, that’s the whole point of being a spinoff.

    Its not like Stardust Crusaders, that’s a direct follow-up.

    If you want to compare it to anime, it’d be like FMA and Brotherhood, which split off into their own canon.

  • malbhet

    My first comment was addressing the issue that the Switch isn’t getting Persona 5, but instead the Switch is getting a new entry into the main series. I see what you meant though and I could’ve worded my first comment better. A lot of new fans aren’t aware of Shin Megami Tensei and Persona being within the same series so I created my first comment with that thought in mind.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    How’s that an issue? Nintendo has never gotten a mainline Persona game, not since Revelations anyway, which wasn’t localized.

    People have been asking for a port, but I haven’t really seen any confusion.

    No more than normal. Usually its just people not understanding why a particular game is exclusive.

  • ProxyDoug

    War has changed.

  • You do know he means there will be an improved variant like 2nd gen or “New” unit w/ better ergonomics or improved performance/specs right?

  • totenglocke

    No, he’s the usual Nintendo hater that has absurd expectations for what would be “good enough” while ignoring the fact that such things are either physically impossible or would make the system in the $1k range. I’m looking forward to upgrading when the “New Switch” comes out. The Switch is amazing and I can’t wait to see what they can do with another few years of development.

  • totenglocke

    Well, where the fuck do you think they should have out it? Putting it in a joy-con wouldn’t be work, putting it on the bottom would prevent you from using the kickstand. So, given your master’s degree in an engineering field, where do you think they should have put the headphone jack?

  • malbhet

    The only Persona game I can think of that came out on a Nintendo platform as of late is Persona Q on 3ds. If Shin Megami Tensei V does very well I believe Atlus may release Persona 5 on the Switch, that’s just my opinion though.

  • Klarktastic

    Leave it where it is and add Bluetooth support for headphones? I mean, that’s what I’ve been asking for since the beginning. The crap 36€ euro phone that I’ve bought for my mother supports them. I don’t understand why a 330€ premium device wouldn’t.

  • Klarktastic

    No. I’m not I have a new 3ds xl right in front of my right now. I’m playing etrian odyssey V as I write this. I even have a phoenix wright avatar. You know? The nintendo ds game. Please stop making things up. I already stated my reasons for wanting an improved version.

  • drunken monk

    Battles have changed but war never changes.

  • totenglocke

    A Bluetooth headset would decrease the battery life, which you’d bitch about. Also, the latest Bluetooth spec only allows for two simultaneous connections, so to use a Bluetooth headset you’d be forced to buy a pro controller (since each joy-con is one Bluetooth connection), so you’d bitch about that too. You think that they just randomly made design decisions when they have people who know far more about engineering than you who made those decisions because it was the best solution given the other constraints.

  • Grampy_Bone

    Not yet.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    Not even a PS4 release? Fuck you Atlus.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Persona Q wasn’t really a Persona game though, it was an Etrian Odyssey crossover.

    I doubt they’ll release P5 on the Switch, I mean that’s kinda why its getting SMT V instead.

    They seem really adamant about keeping them separate, and on their respective platform.

  • Roy

    a-all U4 g-g-games were s-s-supposed to come to PC t-t-though. HA-a-h..!

    Better scrape together some funds for that Switch if you wanna play JRPGS gamezank. >Xenoblade 2, >SMT V >Octopath Traveler

  • I can care less about those games kid. I am to busy playing games on an adult gaming platform. HA!

  • You fools from gematsu fear me so much. I won child. You and your friends lost.

  • Anonymoose
  • Klarktastic

    You don’t know what I would or wouldn’t “bitch” about or what I know about hardware design. Since you insist on putting words in my mouth with EVERY SINGLE REPLY, I’ll leave you to your devices. No point in having a “conversation” with you.

  • totenglocke

    You’re already bitching about the batter life, so yes, you’d bitch about Bluetooth headsets decreasing battery life. You and every other anti-Switch person whines about the price (which the launch price is 25% lower than the PS4 launch price and 40% lower than the Xbox One launch price), so you’d complain about being forced to buy a pro controller to use a Bluetooth headset.

    Keep crying, but you’ve yet to provide one single factual statement as to how Nintendo could fix your complaints. And it’s simple, because you know your complaints are bullshit and you just want an excuse to hate the Switch.

  • malbhet

    Even though it clearly said PERSONA on the cover?! Fine then, whatever helps you sleep at night dude lol:D

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Well I did specify “mainline” Persona games, didn’t I?:P

    I mean its like how Pokemon Co announced “a Pokemon game” for the Switch, referring to Pokken DX, and everybody assumed it was gen 8 or something. Not exactly what people were expecting.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    Looks very cool. Annoyed that almost all discussion of the game is about its Switch exclusivity.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    Holy shit, is that the teacher porn series? Can’t remember the name, but that was one of my earliest discoveries of hentai. Along with classics like Alice in Sexland, or Slut Girl. They put real effort into the art back then…

  • Funtime Happysnacks


  • Funtime Happysnacks

    Ignore Travis, he is a fake human being. Known shitposter that even /v/ chases off.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    Thankfully it would be an incredibly simple port– they’d lose the worthless touchscreen combat but that’s about it.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    I modded Smash4 so heavily that I’ve gotten actual entire years of additional use out of the thing. Plus BOTW…

  • Klarktastic

    Yet again you use your magic ball to see the future and put words in my mouth. I understand you think the switch is perfect and can’t be improved. No need to go on a crusade against “anti switch” people. I never even said I wouldn’t buy it in its current form. I said I would PREFER NOT TO. I would if there’s enough games for it that interest me. (there’s only like 2 atm).

    Anyway, the switch will be improved eventually. Nintendo has done that with all its portable consoles in the past, so you enjoy your perfect switch buddy, I’ll wait for gen 2.

  • Actually if it use bleeding edge SoC like SD845/Exynos 8895 it could run games on 1080p/60 hitting around $500-700 range which is indeed quite unpalatable but not as bad as a grand.

    But ye it’s a step-up from 3DS. Will be picking it later down the road when the library is bigger

  • ScarredBushido

    i hope this comes to the ps4

  • alex9234

    Mainline MegaTen hasn’t come to a PlayStation console since Nocturne. Every other mainline MegaTen game has been on Nintendo platforms since the SNES.

  • heroyaldog

    really? considering there are only 2mil switches sold in US as opposed to tens of millions of 3DS…..which really has more potential for sales? Not to mention these are ports of handheld titles…….

  • Nagato

    I should have said “just to the 3DS” in my original post.

    Thing is that normally you’d see a bunch of ports on a new device to build up an audience that buys a company’s bigger budget release later on, like what Square did this gen for FF and DQ.

  • RPGEndBoss

    Laugh if you must, but this is the reason I’m buying a Switch.

    Well, Xenoblade helps, but good lord. An SMT game back on a console. Loving it.

    Not saying SMT4 and SMT4a were bad – they weren’t – but they belong on a console.

  • The Clansman

    I mean, the Wii U had like 10 good games and Cemu can’t even play all of them, it’s a piece of shit emulator only made to play BotW. RPCS3 is way fucking better.

  • The Clansman

    They said the same about Splatoon though, that 2 was a second chance on the franchise since nobody bought a Wii U. Result: Splatoon 1 sold more than twice of what Splatoon 2 sold. Console sales units isn’t as significant as attach rate, having 70 million people buying PS4 to play FIFA will never increase the sales of Bloodborne more than having 5 million consoles sold, for example.

  • The Clansman

    Nobody is working on a Switch emulator yet, so you’re not really saying anything. You can’t emulate PS4 games yet either.

  • >They put real effort into the art back then
    They still do.

  • Travis Touchdown

    The touchscreen combat is actually really well made.

    I’ve heard stories of people with certain disabilities, like only having a single arm, being able to use it.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    Mmm, some artists do, but a significant amount of current modern doujinshi is pretty ugly, at least to me.

  • Like who?

  • Albel Nox

    if monster sharing desing would make them all into 1 big main line thingy.. smt would have like 90 – 200 games under its name xD that would be something… to finish em all hahah