Shin Megami Tensei Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers coming to North America in spring

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The next game in the Shin Megami Tensei series to make it to North America is one that missed its chance before. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers was released on Saturn in Japan in 1997, but was never localized.

But now Atlus is planning to release a localized version of the 3DS remake in North America in the spring of 2013. The first-person RPG combines a futuristic "cyberpunk" setting with the traditional SMT demon battles and negotiations. The 3DS screen adds automapping functions and the ability to change difficulty levels on the fly.
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ATLUS Prepares to Deliver Another Top RPG to North America This Coming Spring 2013
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- DECEMBER 19, 2012 -- ATLUS, a brand of Index Digital Media, Inc., announced today that Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Summoner®: Soul Hackers is set for an official release in North America this coming Spring 2013, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™ handheld. Developed by ATLUS and originally released for the Sega Saturn system in Japan back in 1997 and for the PlayStation system in 1999, Soul Hackers will make its debut in North America with a variety of new gameplay features, enhancements, and a full English localization. A new teaser trailer is now available for fans to get a glimpse of this stunning game:

Soul Hackers delivers a first-person, dungeon-crawling RPG experience set in a future where technology and otherworldly forces meet in a macabre fusion of cyberpunk futurism and gothic horror. A first-person sci-fi RPG epic, Soul Hackers tells of a city held up as a beacon of humanity's triumph of technology, but with an infernal secret. In this would-be utopia, a group of hackers takes on a centuries-old mystic society, and a battle for control over humanity's fate is about to begin.

In the classic tradition of Shin Megami Tensei, players will have the compelling choice throughout their dungeon exploration to fight the enemy demons they encounter, or negotiate with them in an attempt to turn them into allies and teammates. Soul Hackers on 3DS includes access to 30 additional demons, a new opening animation movie and theme song, improved controls, and quicker loading times. Additionally players can use the 3DS' bottom screen as an auto-mapping function, and engage a COMP hack to change difficulty levels on the fly and fill out maps without walking through. After clearing the game initially, the 3DS version of Soul Hackers also delivers an extra dungeon, where players will witness the appearance of Raidou Kuzunoha from the previous Devil Summoner games.

"Soul Hackers' first-week debut at number two among all titles in Japan is a testament to the continuing quality and popularity of the Shin Megami Tensei series, suggesting a bright future on the 3DS," said Tim Pivnicny, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, ATLUS. "With the vast array of new features, content, and extensive localization, this long-awaited release will be even more exciting for fans in North America."

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