Atlus has announced a sequel to the Shin Megami Tensei series’ Nintendo DS tactics game.
After Devil Survivor popped up on a list of upcoming 3DS games, fans were a little saddened when Atlus announced that it’d be releasing an upgraded version of the title on the handheld called Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked instead of a sequel. On a positive note, Atlus is working on a sequel, and first details on it have recently been revealed.
Aptly titled Devil Survivor 2, the game will be quite different than the original other than the basic battle system which still plays out in an isometric tactical view. Atlus is staying with the DS for the sequel, and says it’ll be the development team’s “final masterpiece” for the handheld.
The storyline will be completely unrelated to Devil Survivor‘s angels vs. demons theme. Devil Survivor 2 follows the invasion of multiple Japanese cities by creatures called the “Septentrion.” These creatures will attack every day, and players have 7 days to stop them.
Just as with most of the Shin Megami Tensei titles, players will control various teenagers, 13 in all, that gain the ability to tame demons to fight against the Septentrion. Demon auctions, through which players use currency earned in battles to acquire new demon combatants, will be making a return, but Atlus is also adding a new “Enishi” system. This system will track friendship levels between the characters in your party, and unlock skills or other abilities as these levels improve.
Early images (thanks to Andriasang and Famitsu) show a visual style completely similar to the first title, though with a whole new cast of characters. The regular gang of demons will likely be included, especially the fan-favorite Frost family.
Atlus has been toiling away at Devil Survivor 2 for 2 years, revealing that the game is approximately 95% complete. It’s expected for a summer 2011 release in Japan, and will probably make its way to other regions eventually, though I’d probably just wait for the 3DS Overclocked version.