Trivia / Shin Megami Tensei IV

  • This is the first mainline Shin Megami Tensei game not to feature moon phases or some variation thereof.
  • Bad Export for You: The game's European release came well over a year after the Japanese and North American ones. It was in English only, in contrast to the standard of European-release games being available in multiple languages, and was available only for digital download, unlike the Japanese and North American releases which are both available in physical form as well.
  • Fan Nickname: "El Presidente" for the surprisingly difficult Ose guarding the Shinjuku Terminal, coming from his description in the Compendium as a "President of Hell."
  • Playing Against Type: Bryce Papenbrook, known for his Kid Hero and Keet roles like Rin, Masaomi Kida, Zidane, and Kirito, voices Issachar, the friend of the main character who also has an upbeat attitude...until he's rejected by the Samurai's Gauntlet. Things get worse after he becomes a demon. And things get worse than that after the omnicidal White appear, with the leader based on Issachar.
  • Sequel Gap: Released 10 years after Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne in 2003. PAL regions had to wait an extra year, making it eleven for those.
  • Talking to Himself: In the dub, Issachar and the protagonist are voiced by the same person, though these conversations are pretty one-sided.
  • Troubled Production: While a more subdued case than most, the game suffered from the new and old members of Team Maniacs having different ideas of what to do with the game causing a drift between them, with the old guard wanting to stick to series standards while the new wanted to input things they where accustomed to such as "sweet" female characters and various classic anime tropes.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The standard Samurai uniforms used to be gray and black until they decided that it wouldn't make sense for the Black Samurai to be considered conspicuous if all Samurai wore dark uniforms so they switched to blue and white.
    • The audience room of Mikado Castle was cut as a visitable location because of how little importance the king ended up having in the game itself.
    • Lucifer Palace and Purgatorium were originally the final dungeons for the opposite alignment route, Lucifer Palace for the Chaos route and Purgatorium for the Law route, they were switched for symbolism.
    • An idea that went unused for Lucifer Palace was Lucifer's eye being seen in windows, watching the party as they make their way through the dungeon.
    • Akihabara was originally going to be explorable before being cut entirely. It's explained in-universe as the Ashura-Kai destroying the ward in what appeared to be a military strike.
    • Reverse Hills had some content that was too graphic for a Cero C rating, so they toned it down.
    • The designer of Chemtrail, Tamotsu Shinohara, had initially wanted to put Illuminati symbolism in its design as part of its conspiracy theory aspect, like a one eyed pyramid imprinted on its stomach, before deciding that it might cause problems later and scrapped the idea.
    • Jonathan used to look like an older Ken Amada.

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