The Demon Summoning Program was first featured in Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei and plays an important role in the games it appears in as it allows for humans with the capability to utilize demons in battle as well as storing them away for later as data. It's usually utilized via portable computers called COMPs due to its convenience. Typically, the Demon Summoning Program works by using code to replicate a summoning ritual. This was elaborated on twice in Digital Devil Story and Devil Survivor.
- Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei
- Digital Devil Story 2: Warrior of the Demon City
- Digital Devil Story 3: Demise of the Reincarnation
- Megami Tensei
- Megami Tensei II
- Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei
- Shin Megami Tensei
- Shin Megami Tensei II
- Shin Megami Tensei: if...
- Shin Megami Tensei: 20XX
- Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE
- Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey / Strange Journey Redux
- Shin Megami Tensei IV
- Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
- Majin Tensei
- Majin Tensei II: Spiral Nemesis: As DIO
- Devil Survivor / Overclocked
- Devil Survivor 2 / Record Breaker
- Persona 5: Mentioned as Demon Summoner program
Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei novelsEdit
Akemi Nakajima created a system using his programming skills and amateur magician knowledge to cobble together the first Demon Summoning Program, which requires so much memory he has to use the Computer Assisted Instruction Room at his high school to run it. He summons the demons Cerberus and Loki from Atziluth, but has to negotiate a contract with them in person, as his Demon Summoning Program is limited.
Megami Tensei IIEdit
Shin Megami TenseiEdit
Sometime before the series begins, Stephen was working on and developing proper software in conjunction with the digital teleporting technology that was pioneered years earlier. During one of these experiments, he was involved in a crippling incident after having accidentally programmed coordinates to the Expanse and summoning a demon, which attacked him out of fear. After the incident, it inspired him to create a program which would allow one to communicate and even allow the summoning of allied demons to protect oneself.
After hearing of plans to use the teleportation technology to summon demons for military, religious and political purposes by the Ring of Gaea, he mails it out to random addresses in hope of catching the attention of people to stop them.
One of these users is the protagonist, carrying a COMP which houses this program. Later on, Stephen also makes appearances, allowing him to hand out upgrades throughout the protagonist's journey through Tokyo.
Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINEEdit
Each player character in Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE carries a COMP which possesses the program. In the start of the game, the player can choose between two models of COMPs. Snakeman upgrades the player's COMP once they become a Demon Buster.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange JourneyEdit
The Demon Summoning Program is downloaded to the crew's Demonicas during the initial demon attacks on the Red Sprite. The program was routed through and distributed from a hacked Arthur from an unknown source. The second half of the program, the Demon Fusion Program, was retrieved from the Blue Jet's AI, Verne.
Despite the Schwarzwelt Investigation Team's advanced technology and elite staff, they are unable to fully decipher the DSP or crack the numerous "black boxes" in its code. Though protocol normally prohibits the use of such unknown technology, Commander Gore authorizes its use due to the vital tactical advantage the program grants.
Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit
In the Counter-Demon Force base in Kasumigaseki, there is a file that discusses the Demon Summoning Program. Around a year before the ceiling went up in Tokyo, the program became famous with internet users in 2012. It was installed on the user's PC or smartphone. Once it was run, the boot-up screen stated that "Your life has just changed forever." Some users were supposedly able to actually summon demons and converse with them, but no one ever knew why it was created or who made and distributed it.
Shin Megami Tensei IV ApocalypseEdit
"A program designed to simulate and simplify rituals and acts necessary to summon demons. Put simply, the program puts the power to summon demons in the hands of even the most ordinary people. Though, whether they are able to control the demon is entirely up to them. Inexperienced users are often overpowered by the demon and killed or fall under control of the demon. Neither the identify of its creator nor the purpose behind its design are known. Hunters are awarded smartphones equipped with the Demon Summoning Program upon registration as an official Hunter.
It is widely believed that the war now called God's Plan erupted as a result of the Demon Summoning Program's distribution"
The Demon Summoning Program has been coded into altered COMPs, short for Communication Players, that look similar to the Nintendo DS consoles. Naoya gave the protagonist and his friends specially designed COMPs to survive the Tokyo Lockdown. Usually, a demon summoning requires a great amount of human emotion which would limit the amount of people who would be able to use it. Naoya circumvented this by making the program harness emotions from the internet, thus allowing anyone to summon demons without much effort.
Devil Survivor 2Edit
The Demon Summoning Program appears as a phone application known as the "Demon Summoning App." It, along with Nicaea, is created by the Anguished One. Once a person has made a contract with a demon it is automatically installed in their phone and is not possible to delete or remove it. Only by destroying the phone or jamming its signals can it be shut down. If its user is killed by the demons before the contract is formed, and the phone remains intact, the app goes berserk and creates a miasma that constantly summons demons until the phone is destroyed. The information that the app displays is apparently exactly as it appears on the DS's top screen. This can be seen when a phone screen depicts the stats and moves of Merak and Alioth. The characters even use this to note that Benetnasch has a "Pacify Human" ability.
The Demon Summoning App has been subject to constant study by JP's personnel in an attempt to understand its mechanics. Like its predecessor in Devil Survivor, the app greatly simplifies the rituals involved in summoning and forming of contracts, allowing easier access to demons. According to Fumi, the phone sends a query far out into space when its user attempts to summon a demon. After which, magnetite is transferred towards the phone's location, allowing the demon's body to take form.
|Playable||Akemi Nakajima - Yumiko Shirasagi - Cerberus|
|Non-playable||Minotaur - Medusa - Rick - Loki - Gaia - Hecate - Izanami - Seth - Lucifer|
|Daimakyuu||Micon - Tower of Daedalus - Bien - Valhalla Corridor - Mazurka Corridor - Rotting Sea of Flames - Infini Palace - Hades|
|Album||Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei Original Soundtrack|
|Songs||"LADY YOUR EYES"|
|Terminology||Demon - Hinokagutsuchi - Magnetite - Moon Phase System - Cathedral of Shadows (Fusion) - Rag's Jewelry - Izanami Clothes|
|Lists||Demons - Items - Spells (Kyūyaku)|
|Games||Megami Tensei (Telenet) - Kyūyaku Megami Tensei|
|Publications||Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei|
|Productions||Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei (OVA)|
|Playable Characters||Protagonist - Heroine - Law Hero - Chaos Hero - Pascal|
|Non-Playable Characters||Stephen - Ozawa - Yuriko - Old Man - Gotou - Ambassador Thorman - En no Ozuno - Louis Cyphre|
|Locations||Tokyo - Kichijoji - Shinjuku - Ichigaya - Diamond Realm - Shibuya - Roppongi - Ginza Underpass - Ginza - Tokyo Tower - Shinagawa - Ikebukuro - Ueno - Tokyo Destinyland - Basilica - River Styx|
|Terminology||Terminal - Alignment - Ring of Gaea - Order of Messiah - Great Cataclysm - Sword fusion - Four Heavenly Kings|
|Soundtracks||Shin Megami Tensei Sound Collection|
|Archives||Demons - Bosses - Skills - Items|
|Playable Characters||Aleph/Hawk - Hiroko - Beth - Cerberus - Lucifer - Satan|
|Non-Playable Characters||Okamoto - Gimmel - Zayin - Stephen - Haneda - Daleth - Red Bear - Madam - Hanada - The Center's Bishop - The Four Elders - Mekata - Puck - Hanoun - Mutant Elder - Hiruko - Taira no Masakado - Siren - Petersen - Michael - Raphael - Uriel - Gabriel - Fake YHVH - Seth - Virocana - Ozawa - Gotou - Gemori - Astaroth (Ishtar / Ashtar) - Kuzuryu - YHVH|
|Locations||Tokyo Millennium - Underworld - Expanse - Eden - Diamond Realm - River Styx|
|Terminology||Millennium Kingdom - Great Cataclysm - Order of Messiah - Ring of Gaea - Terminal - Sword fusion - Identification Program - Summon Doll - Seven Pillars of Solomon - Sabbath - Abaddon's Innards - Megiddo Arc|
|Content||Demons - Bosses - Skills - Items|
|Characters||Protagonist - Azura - DB Mikanagi - DB Kano - DB Kuroe - DB Yamaguchi - Kuzaka The Wise - Lord Judah - Madam Justice - Lord Doukan - Ogami - Setsu - Snakeman - Yamamoto the Steel-Willed - Louis Cyphre|
|Locations||Arcadia - Cathedral of Shadows - Ichigaya - Ikebukuro - Nakano - Protopia - Second Home - Shibuya - Shinagawa - Shinjuku - Shinjuku Babel - Souhonzan - Suginami - Third Home - Ueno|
|Dungeons||Suginami Tunnels - Basilica|
|Music||"Amatsuchi" - "Haru Megido"|
|Terminology||Cult of Gaia - Demon Buster - Great Cataclysm - Innocent - Millennium Kingdom - Obelisk - Order of Messiah - Seven Philosophers - Yagi - Chain of Curse|
|Archives||Demons - Skills (Features)|
|Characters||Protagonist - Gore - Jimenez - Zelenin - Arthur - Alex - George - Captain Jack (& Jack's Squad) - Ryan - Bugaboo - Mastema - Anthony - Dent - Norris - Kato - Williams - Muccino - Irving - Chen - Terry - MacCleary - Mia - Gekko - Blair - Zoe - Maebe - Wolf - Tyler - Mackie - Mike - Dawson - Keema - McClane - Louisa Ferre - The Three Wise Men - Mem Aleph|
|Locations||Red Sprite - Sector Antlia - Sector Bootes - Sector Carina - Sector Delphinus - Sector Eridanus - Sector Fornax - Jack's Squad HQ - Sector Grus - Sector Horologium - Womb of Grief|
|Terminology||Schwarzwelt - Demonica - Demon Summoning Program - Delphinus Parasite - Magnetite - Macca - Moon Phase System - Cosmic Egg|
|Lists||Demons - Bosses - Skills - Forma - Equipment - Items - Apps - Extra Missions|
|Music||Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Original Soundtrack|
|Overclocked - Manga|
|Playable Characters||Protagonist - Atsuro Kihara - Yuzu Tanikawa - Naoya - Amane Kuzuryu - Keisuke Takagi - Midori Komaki - Mari Mochizuki - Kaido - Black Frost - Gin - Misaki Izuna|
|Non-Playable Characters||Haru - Shomonkai Founder - Gigolo - Yasuyuki Honda - Shoji - Azuma - Commander Fushimi - Beldr - Jezebel - Belzaboul - Belberith - Metatron - Okuninushi|
|Locations||Shibuya - Aoyama - Roppongi - Ikebukuro - Akasaka Tunnel - Omotesando - Shinjuku - Akihabara - Nagata-Cho - Shiba Park - Ueno - Kudanshita - Asakusa - Kanda|
|Music||Devil Survivor OST Remix - Reset - Soul Survive|
|Terminology||Extra Turn Battle - COMPs - Shomonkai - Tokyo Lockdown - Demon Summoning Program - Laplace Mail - Death Clock - King of Bel - Devil Auction - Skill Crack - Racial Skill - Auto Skill - Demon World - Four Devas|
|Archives||Demons (DeSu - DSO) - Skills (DeSu - DSO) - Status Ailments - Titles - Endings|
|Record Breaker - The Animation - Thursday 23:54|
|Playable||Protagonist - Daichi Shijima - Io Nitta - Yuzuru Akie - Hinako Kujou - Keita Wakui - Airi Ban - Jungo Torii - Fumi Kanno - Makoto Sako - Otome Yanagiya - Yamato Hotsuin - Ronaldo Kuriki - Anguished One - Miyako Hotsuin|
|Non-Playable||Tico (Male / Female) - Dera-Deka - Koharu - Jungo's Cat - Polaris - Canopus|
|Tokyo||Tokyo Tower - Sunset Blvd - Diet Building - Akasaka Palace - Cine City Plaza - Sky Tower - Karamachi - Terminal - Bugeikan Arena - Central Gate - Sengakuji - Eikokuji|
|Osaka||Tsuutenkaku - Main Branch (JP's) - Festival Gate - Bickman - Ebisu Bridge - Sankyu Line|
|Nagoya||TV Tower - Planetarium - Gold Clock - Centering Park - Nagoya Branch (JP's) - Parking Garage|
|Other||Fukuoka Tenjin - Akasha Stratum - Stake Terminal - Providence|
|Terminology||Extra Turn Battle - Demon Tamers - Devil Auction - Fate System - JP's - Nicaea β ver. - Septentriones - Racial Skill - Auto Skill - Skill Crack - Demon Summoning App - Add-On - Dragon Stream - Terminal - Administrator - Akashic Record - Void - Triangulum - Astrolabe|
|Lists||Demons - Skills - Ailments - Titles (RB)- Translations|
|Songs||"Mugen no Sekai" - "Take Your Way" - "Be"|
|Publications||-Show Your Free Will- - The Animation Manga - Cetus's Prequel|
|Mobile Games||The Extra World|