Shin Megami Tensei V gets a depressingly vague update from Atlus

Shin Megami Tensei V update under active development Atlus Persona 5

Shin Megami Tensei V was announced back in January 2017 for Nintendo Switch. It was announced almost three years ago, before Switch had even released. And in “New Year’s cards” given by game developers to Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Atlus informed fans that Shin Megami Tensei V is “under active development.” That’s it. That’s the update on their game that has been in development for three years — a vague promise that the game still exists and that they haven’t, like, accidentally deleted the source code or anything.

At this point, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Shin Megami Tensei V looks nothing like its original teaser trailer anymore, as so much can change on even a granular level throughout three years of game development. If we’re lucky, we’ll at least get a hyper-slick Persona 5-flavored menu interface. Some gorgeous monsters that make the Pok√©mon Sword and Shield cast look extra hideous wouldn’t hurt either. In any case, people are getting desperate for some new details.

Elsewhere on the Atlus / Nintendo Switch front, Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is headed to Nintendo Switch in Japan on Feb. 20 with no international release yet announced. But unless Atlus wants to make enemies out of hundreds of thousands of angry nerds, Scramble will find its way west at some point next year.

On that same note, fingers crossed that Shin Megami Tensei V receives a 2020 release date as well. What are you hoping to see in this secretive new JRPG?


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!