Shin Megami Tensei 4 helps series newcomers with free DLC

Shin Megami Tensei 4 gets trio of free dayone DLC
Atlus is preparing a volley of free downloadable incentives for early adopters of upcoming 3DS exclusive Shin Megami Tensei 4.

The Platinum Surcoat will not only bestow a sense of elegance and self-esteem on your samurai, but early-game stats bonuses designed to aid players who are new to the series. The DLC also includes three different hairstyles and, finally, a map pack with an exclusive collectible demon and enemies that will generate extra experience.

The hairstyles will be free permanently, but both the armor and map pack will revert to $1 and $2 respectively, a month after Shin Megami Tensei 4 launches on July 16. All pre-orders will net a collectible box set version of the game, which includes a custom case, starter guide and art book, and the obligatory soundtrack.
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Shin Megami Tensei IV Launch DLC Details: Maps, Armor and Style
As one of the samurai protectors of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado, the game's protagonist must battle and negotiate with demons in style, so in addition to the pre-order bonus costumes for various retailers that were revealed previously, a variety of in-game items will be available as DLC at launch:
Three custom looks will be available for the protagonist to alter his look by changing hairstyles. These DLC items will be permanently free for anyone to download.
In addition to fighting in style, there will be a beneficial armor item free for the first month. The Platinum Surcoat Set offers a little bonus to stats in the early stages of the game, and will help players new to the franchise keep the upper hand. The armor will be available for free for the first month after SMT IV's launch on July 16. After the first month, the price of the armor set will revert to $1 permanently.
There will also be a map pack available at launch to help players gain more experience. Suitable for the early stages of the game, the new maps will help players gain extra experience to boost their characters with enemies and a collectible demon exclusive to the DLC. The map pack will be $2 at launch.
Additional DLC items will be revealed closer to launch.

SMT IV will be playable at E3 this year! Stop by the ATLUS booth (West Hall #5010) and check out a taste of the latest continuation of the epic RPG franchise! SMT IV's lead character artist, Masayuki Doi will be signing a limited edition poster at E3 on Wednesday, June 12 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Shin Megami Tensei IV will be exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS system and sold as a premium title beginning July 16, 2013. The game is rated M for Mature by the ESRB. More details will be revealed in the future, with updates on the official SMTIV website at http://www.atlus.com/smt4.

Pre-orders will guarantee the collectible box set, which includes a 176-page starter strategy guide and art book, soundtrack CD, and collectible slipcase:

This article was originally published on Joystiq.