|Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse|
|真・女神転生 IV Final|
|February 10, 2016|
|September 20, 2016|
|December 1, 2016|
- "Caught in a War between gods. Humans must make a Stand. Which Side will be chosen? Peace or Anarchy?"
- —Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse Story Trailer
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse, also known as Shin Megami Tensei IV Final in Japan, is a follow-up to the fourth numbered game of the Shin Megami Tensei series developed by Atlus for the Nintendo 3DS.
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse takes place in the year 2038, within the same setting as Shin Megami Tensei IV. Twenty-five years prior, a devastating war was waged between the angels and the armies of Lucifer. To protect Tokyo from damage, a great rock dome was created. While it protected Tokyo, resources became progressively scarcer over the following years, while angels and demons ruled over the human population. The protagonist, a teenager, is killed while on a demon hunt; He is contacted in the afterlife by the demon Dagda, who offers to restore the protagonist to life in exchange for becoming his "GodSlayer". When returned to life, he is manipulated by Dagda and Odin into freeing Krishna from a prison made by YHVH, who forms an alliance of various polytheistic deities called the Divine Powers, for the claimed purpose of saving humanity and opposing Merkabah and Lucifer. The storyline follows from the beginning of the previous game's Neutral route: main protagonist Flynn and his companion Isabeau have chosen to ally with the people of Tokyo, while Flynn's former companions Jonathan and Walter have respectively become the hosts for Merkabah, leader of God's angelic forces, and Lucifer, ruler of the demon hordes. It diverges when Flynn has recently become the embodiment of hope for the people of Tokyo and is about to move to take down Lucifer and Merkabah to gain the Spirits of Goodwill and Spite.
In post-apocalyptic Tokyo, a Hunter cadet, whose default name is Nanashi, is killed by demons on a routine supply run. In the afterlife, a demon named Dagda offers to resurrect him in exchange for his service as his Godslayer. Shortly afterward, the revived Nanashi and his childhood friend Asahi are manipulated into unsealing Krishna, a malevolent deity who intends to destroy the universe and recreate it in his own image whether humanity desires it or not. Krishna takes Asahi hostage in order to force Flynn, the liberator of Tokyo, to surrender to him. Krishna intends to force Flynn to become his own Godslayer in order to make his dream a reality. He also unleashes the monstrous serpent Shesha to begin harvesting human souls for his plans. Nanashi and Asahi set out to defeat Krishna and Shesha and fix their mistake. Along the way, they recruit several companions: Navarre, the ghost of a deceased Samurai; Nozomi, a Hunter who has been granted the power of Dagda's mother Danu to become the queen of the fairies; Hallelujah, a young man who works for the Ashura-Kai; Gaston, Navarre's younger brother and the captain of an elite squad of Samurai known as the Crusaders; Toki, an assassin for the Ring of Gaea; and Isabeau, Flynn's comrade and primary ally. They also receive guidance from Stephen, a mysterious ally in a wheelchair. Together, the group defeats Shesha, infiltrates Krishna's base in Tsukiji Konganji, defeats Krishna, and rescues Flynn. The party then sets out to defeat Merkabah and his angels and Lucifer and his demons. Nanashi has the option of siding with Merkabah, in which case Tokyo is destroyed and a kingdom of God is established in Mikado. He may also side with Lucifer, in which case Mikado is burned to the ground and the world descends into anarchy. In either case, Flynn leaves and remains at large. If Nanashi remains on humanity's side, a massive three-way battle ensues, Lucifer and Merkabah are killed, and humanity emerges victorious. During the celebration afterwards, Flynn murders the surviving Hunters. He reveals himself to be Shesha, reincarnated in Flynn's form, and explains that Krishna faked his own defeat and used Shesha to manipulate the Hunters into getting rid of the angels and demons; the real Flynn remains in Krishna's clutches. Shesha murders Asahi and transforms into the Cosmic Egg, a giant object that will hatch into Krishna's new universe when the full moon rises. The party storms the Cosmic Egg to defeat Krishna and his Divine Powers once and for all. Inside the Egg, Dagda reveals his plan to hijack the Cosmic Egg and create his own universe where all humans are completely independent from one another, and demands Nanashi's aid in his plan. Danu opposes him, and wants Nanashi to destroy the Egg. If Nanashi rebels against Dagda, Danu revives Dagda's true good side who is in line with their ideals, and Nanashi kills Dagda's dark side. The true Dagda then resurrects all of Shesha's victims, including Asahi. If Nanashi sides with Dagda, his friends turn against him, and he is forced to kill them all. In either case, Nanashi then makes his way to the heart of the egg, where Krishna and Flynn are. Krishna forcibly fuses with Flynn to become Vishnu-Flynn and battles Nanashi, but he defeats him and separates the two.
If Nanashi sided with his friends, Flynn finishes Krishna off. Nanashi then destroys the heart of the egg, ending Krishna's plans for good. As the group begins to celebrate, Stephen appears and reveals that there is one more enemy standing between humanity and true freedom: YHVH, the creator god. Stephen opens a portal to YHVH's universe, and Nanashi and Flynn invade his realm. They undergo a trial from YHVH's second-in-command Satan, and are deemed worthy to confront YHVH. Satan temporarily resurrects Flynn's old friends Walter and Jonathan to aid them, and the group battles and destroys YHVH once and for all. Afterwards, humanity is finally freed from the gods and a new peace is forged by Tokyo, Mikado, and the demons.
If Nanashi sided with Dagda, Flynn is killed in the battle and Nanashi executes Krishna. The Cosmic Egg hatches into Dagda's new universe, and he appoints Nanashi as its new Creator. Afterwards, Stephen appears and explains that the new universe cannot fully come to fruition until YHVH is killed and the old universe destroyed. Dagda resurrects Flynn and a companion of Nanashi's choice to be brainwashed into serving as his Godslayer and Goddess, respectively. After wiping out the remaining Hunters, Nanashi invades YHVH's universe and kills Him. The old universe dies and is reborn as a new universe where humans are free from all outside influence, and Dagda fades away, leaving Nanashi to rule his new creation.
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse was first revealed by Atlus on October 5th, 2015 in the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu as Shin Megami Tensei IV Final along with the main keyword of the game "Deicide". It is produced by Kazuyuki Yamai, with Masayuki Doi as character designer, Ryota Kozuka as composer, and Kazuma Kaneko as the setting planner and demon designer. The reveal image shows Navarre as a ghost alongside the other main characters. In an interview with Famitsu, Yamai stated that "We’ve looked over a lot of player feedback from Shin Megami Tensei IV and we’re making improvements everywhere we can, even to things like controls and demon conversations—there is a lot of reconsideration and reforming going on. We’re aiming to make the number one RPG for 3DS, so we’re paying attention to every detail. We’re making it so that even those who didn’t play Shin Megami Tensei IV can enjoy this game." Further details on the game were revealed in a Niconico stream on October 11, 2015.
Title change of North American versionEdit
Atlus U.S.A. explained the reason behind the change of subtitle from "Final" to "Apocalypse" immediately after the official announcement of the North American localization. While the USA staffers are aware that "Final" was already known to the series fans, the new subtitle was chosen to attract audience beyond the established fan base while still keeping the letter "A" prominent to be placed over the anarchy symbol as in the original Japanese logo. Other rejected suggestions include "End War" and "Holy War". The opinion to drop "IV" has been discussed more than once due to the precedent of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne dropping "III" from the North American localization.
- Nanashi is capable of choosing which seven different partners to join him in battle, with them each specializing in a different role. There is an assist gauge at the bottom of the screen which fills up one point at a time as the chosen partner acts. Certain responses to a boss's question will grant extra assist points, easily filling the gauge to maximum. When the gauge is full at eight bars, the enemy side's turn is interrupted, partners with healing or stat buff skills will act once and then a powerful joint attack on all enemies follows. Afterward, random party combatants are granted the Smirk status, and the gauge is depleted to be charged anew. Partners also use their own demons to help with combat.
- Certain skills have additional effects when the user is under the Smirk status. For example, Light and Dark spells now primarily inflict damage which are effective against boss as well, but their instant death effect only activates during Smirk; "King Bufula", an all-enemy moderate ice attack which is exclusive to King Frost, will debuff defense in addition during Smirk.
- The negotiation system has been updated, notably the same demon who has abandoned the previous negotiation will take up where the talk has left off, instead of merely starting the negotiation all over again.
- Demons using magic they specialize in will deal more damage or cost fewer MP. Resulting enhancements on skills are similar to ranking up skills of the previous protagonist via Whisper event.
- Estoma now creates a barrier around Nanashi and has a shortcut to it on the menus.
- User interface has been enhanced completely:
- Ability to rearrange skill order of the protagonist or each demon.
- Added an icon to denote if the enemy demon has been registered in the Demonic Compendium.
- Fusion search can be specified to a range of levels. (1~9, 10~19, etc.)
- Next destination of the quest is denoted in the map with a red flag icon.
- Partner will recommend the player to persuade a demon who has not been registered yet.
- Obtaining a relic will prompt its expected selling price.
- Ability to zoom in or out in the overhead world.
- Demons vocalize while attacking or hurt (similar to Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne).
- Nanashi: The protagonist is an apprentice for the Hunter Association. He dies during a mission after being attacked by a demon, but returns to life after contracting with a demon.
- Dagda: A demon wandering the underworld. Forms a contract with the recently-deceased protagonist to give him a new life along and the ability to summon demons.
- Asahi: A fellow apprentice hunter of the Hunter Association, she is 15 years old and Nanashi's childhood friend.
- Navarre: Returning character. Due to dying from something so minor, his soul is unable to rest. He quickly possesses Nanashi once their paths cross.
- Isabeau: Returning character. A female Samurai who seeks assistance to liberate Flynn from the Divine Powers.
- Nozomi: The newly appointed fairy queen protected by Goddess Danu. Her Awakening grants her High Gun Pleroma and Gun Pierce.
- Gaston: A proud Samurai who fights with a spear. His Awakening grants him High Phys Pleroma and Phys Pierce,and is also Navarre's younger brother.
- Hallelujah: A representative of the Ashura-kai whose favorite demon is Chironnupu. His Awakening grants him High Element Pleroma to all magic attacks.
- Toki: A masked young female assassin with mysterious goal. Her Awakening grants her Phys Pierce and Sneak Attack Up.
- ↑ Shin Megami Tensei IV Final Announced for the 3DS, Releasing on February 10, 2016
- ↑ http://atlus.com/smt4a/home.html
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- ↑ What's In a Name - SMTIV: Final and localizing a game
- ↑ Shin Megami Tensei IV Final first story and character details