NIS America has announced Monark heads west in early 2022 for PC (via Steam), Switch, PS4, and PS5.
While Monark heads west in early 2022, the Japanese release is on track for October 14 across Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. The western release will include both Japanese and English voices, and will come in both standard and a $100 limited edition over on the NIS America Online Store.
Monark is being developed by former Shin Megami Tensei staff including Kazunari Suzuki (SMT writer), Aya Nishitani, Ryotaro Ito (both writers for the Digital Devil Story and SMT), and Tsukasa Masuko (composer for both Devil Summoner and SMT). You can read more about the game here in our previous report.
Here’s a new trailer:
Here’s a rundown on the game, via NIS America:
How far will you go to save the ones you love? Could you face the threats that surround you? Could you face yourself?
Your world is plunged into madness when the mysterious and deadly Mist surrounds Shin Mikado Academy. In order to save your friends, you enter the Otherworld, a Daemon-filled dimension beyond the real world. Within this enigmatic realm, you must learn to harness your Authority of Vanity and conjure a battalion of Fiends, whose power comes from the Ego of their master.
Develop your Ego through various psychological tests to enhance the power of your Fiends, and lead your forces into battle to fight with and against the seven “Pactbearers” that are corrupting the academy. Embrace the power of your madness to gain strength, but take care not to delve too far, lest you risk losing yourself. Fellow students and instructors will lend you their aid in your quest to resolve the anomalies throughout the campus.
- Descent into Madness: Jump between exploring the Mist of the real world and fighting within the enigmatic Otherworld. Call upon allies, fight enemies, and unravel the mysteries surrounding your academy. Will you save the world or go mad and destroy yourself?
- Into The Mist and Beyond: Dive into a dark realm where reality and the self collide. The mysterious worlds you’ll explore are brought to life in a surreal, dark neo-fantasy style, with intricate character designs and evocative settings.
- Power of the Ego: Strengthen your Ego and customize the appearance and abilities of your Fiends. Unlock different Fiends to command in battle, and use the freeform tactical system to position your units and unleash destruction upon your enemies.