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"The time for Creation has come."

"The God you worship is dead. Order itself has crumbled, and chaos shall reign over all. And within the throes of chaos, the world can be reborn, a future yet unknown. In a world without its Creator, which path shall you choose? Follow your will and choose your destiny."
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Shin Megami Tensei V is an upcoming Post-Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy RPG, and the fourth Numbered Sequel in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise. It is developed by Atlus for the Nintendo Switch, with Kazuyuki Yamai, director of Shin Megami Tensei IV, leading the dev team, and is set for a global launch (a first for the franchise) in 2021.

In a first for Atlus, the game is being developed using the Unreal 4 Game Engine.

Previews: Teaser, Announcement Trailer.


Shin Megami Tensei V contains examples of

  • Arc Words: "Shekinah Glory", i.e. "miracle of God", is a phrase that shows up repeatedly in promotional material for the game.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the announcement trailer, the mysterious grey being descends from the sky and offers his hand to the protagonist just as he was about to be attacked by demons.
  • Bishōnen: In the announcement trailer, despite having a male uniform, the main character has slender features, pencil thin eyebrows, long eyelashes, and shiny lips.
  • Call-Back: The first trailer shows the teenaged protagonist waking up in a ruined Tokyo covered in sand much like Blasted Tokyo. The premise also resembles the premise of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne.
  • "End of the World" Special: The announcement trailer voiceover discusses, as is standard for the series, how despite Tokyo being reduced to a sand filled, demon infested chaotic nightmare, the world can be reborn anew, and it's up for you to chose the path you wish for it to take.
    Announcement Trailer: And within the throes of chaos, the world can be reborn, a future yet unknown. In a world without its Creator, which path shall you choose?
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  • The Faceless: In the announcement trailer, the mysterious figure who descends from the sky has their face completely obscured by shadow, leaving their features entirely unclear.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: In the announcement trailer, the main character has long bangs on the right side of his face, and short ones on the left. The front of his uniform also features more floral prints on the left side than the right.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The teasers have already featured mythological figures from Japanese Mythology, Norse Mythology, Hindu Mythology, Kabbalah and The Bible.
  • Flower Motifs: In both the teaser and announcement trailer, the main character's school uniform has a floral print on it. In the teaser, stylized flower petals also erupt as the main character and a female student are consumed by demons.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the second trailer the main character can be seen reading a book for a brief instance. A closer look reveals it to be a Japanese edition of Paradise Lost.
  • God Is Dead: The announcement trailer begins with the declaration that "the God you worship is dead."
  • The Imp: Both major trailers show off a new species of demon that is highly typical of the standard demonic imp: small, scrawny, bat-winged, with sharp teeth and wielding tridents. In both trailers they attempt to attack the protagonists, and in the announcement trailer they're shown surrounding Lucifer as his personal army.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: The protagonist's attire. His clothes have the cut of a regular school uniform, but they're covered with fancy and complex flower designs that are simply way too complicated to be part of the standard uniform.
  • Numbered Sequel: As the name suggests, it is the 5th main game in SMT franchise, though far from the fifth actual game in the series, between spin offs and sequels like Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey and Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, respectively.
  • Real-Place Background: As with the other numbered Shin Megami Tensei entries, the game is set in and features multiple real world locations from Tokyo, Japan. The announcement trailer for instance has Lucifer summoning demons in front of Tokyo Tower, and the protagonist wandering out from under Takanawa Bridge Overpass.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: In the announcement trailer, even After the End, the main character continues to wear his floral print school uniform.
  • Shout-Out: In the announcement trailer, the protagonist is shown walking through the station reading a Japanese copy of John Milton's Paradise Lost.
  • Wham Line: In past Shin Megami Tensei games, the conflict was almost always between Lucifer and YHVH, or at least their proxies. The individual or demon speaking in the first trailer, however, states something that puts a whole new spin on the game and its conflict:
    Announcement Trailer: The God you worship is dead.


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