Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey was released on the Nintendo DS in both Japan and North America in 2009 and 2010 respectively. When was it released in Europe? Well… it wasn’t. Strange Journey never saw a European release, but Strange Journey’s 3DS port will see a European release.
Strange Journey Redux
Announced for European release in June, Strange Journey Redux (SJR) is an enhanced 3DS port of the original DS title featuring updated graphics, voiceovers, a new story arc, new characters, and a new dungeon.
No exact release date was given in June when SJR was first announced for European release, but with the New Year came news of a confirmed release. On January 17th a European release date for SJR was given. SJR will hit European store shelves on May 18th and North American store shelves on May 15th.
In addition to the release date, Atlus gave gamers their first glimpse of official artwork for SJR’s Western release:
As you can see, Gore’s body is just as ready for a Western release as you are.
Western Megami Tensei fans have long speculated on whether or not SJR would receive an English dub, but Atlus’ recently updated sales sheet for SJR confirms SJR’s Western release will feature the original Japanese voiceover audio and no English dub.
SJR was released in Japan on October 17th, 2016 as Deep Strange Journey and received a score of 33/40 from Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu.
By the end of November, Japanese publishers, Atlus, announced that their highly praised RPG title, Persona 5, has now sold 2 million copies worldwide. This is a major milestone for the seasoned publishers, especially since the release came just 8 months ago. This puts the RPG in with the likes of Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Horizon Zero Dawn as some of the best-selling games of 2017.
President and CEO of ATLUS U.S.A. – Naoto Hiraoka – has spoken out about the hit RPG’s success around the globe, both on the PS3 and PS4 systems, stating:
“We are in the middle of experiencing tremendous growth, both in the west and abroad, and the sales of Persona 5 represent a new level of expectation for fans of the genre. Once seen as niche, Persona 5 is one of the most important titles this year, proving interest in this category is expanding. We look forward to delivering more incredible games to our fans next year.”
Along with the sales figure reaching new heights, Persona 5 has also been nominated in four categories in the upcoming 2017 Game Awards to be held on December 7th. The four categories being:
- Game of the Year
- Best Art Direction
- Best Music/Score
- Best Role Playing Game
Persona 5 has received high praise and acclaim from top sources and media outlets worldwide for its highly dramatic and mature storyline following social stigmas, colourful cast of characters tainted with their own personal flaws, its revamped dungeon crawling system, and impressively catchy soundtrack.
If you’re a PS3/PS4 owner, be sure to check out one of the best games of 2017 in Persona 5.
Shin Megami Tensei 5 has been confirmed to be in development for the Nintendo Switch.
Shin Megami Tensei 5 – Steal thy heart
The project was first teased at the Switch’s major presentation way back on January 13th, although we knew next to nothing other than it was a Shin Megami Tensei game. Now we know for sure.
The short trailer below made the announcement official:
The series celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, so the timing makes sense. No release date was given, unfortunately, and details are still scarce. However, we’d expect some more news on this one early next year. Oh and no, sorry, it’s not Persona 5.