The Shin Megami Tensei series and its myriad spinoffs weren’t always about teenagers making peace with demons that are physical emobdiments of their personalities and doing battle with infernal forces. Actually, yes, they were. That’s pretty much Shin Megami Tensei’s deal. The Devil Summoner spinoff series has always been somewhat unique in that it’s the one branch of Shin Megami Tensei games that consistently places you in the role of an adult. Two games in the series have made it to the U.S., but the Sega Saturn originals have been trapped in Japan since the mid-90s. American fans may get a chance to dig in though, as Atlus is remaking Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers for the Nintendo 3DS.
Released back in 1997, Soul Hackers is about hacking into a MMORPG world called Paradigm X where you have to rescue people’s souls that have become trapped. You use a hilariously named GUMP, or Gun Computer, for shooting demons that want to kill you as well as for summoning demons that want to help you out.
According to Famitsu (via Andriasang), the 3DS will be part port and part remake, with load times, control, and animation improved but the overall structure of the game remaining the same. It should be similar to Atlus’ recent PSP remakes of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 1 and 2.
Why is this good news for Americans? Atlus hasn’t left a Shin Megami Tensei game un-localized since in years at this point, a far cry from the ‘90s.