Last week, ATLUS revealed some brand new info about the latest entry in the Shin Megami Tensei series, Deep Strange Journey. ATLUS recently updated its Japanese website with some new information and screenshots, which you can check out below.
20XX AD… It suddenly appeared in the Antarctic!
Environmental destruction and ethnic conflict… on a future earth where various problems still haven’t been solved, it suddenly appeared.
Schwarzwelt, the ruined land that appeared in the Antarctic, continued to expand while swallowing everything on the earth into nonexistence. This appears to be how the history of mankind will meet its end…
Hoping for humanity’s survival, a Strike Team is sent to this mysterious land. However, the things they witness… will reveal the terrible truth of Schwarzwelt.
■ Schwarzwelt Investigational Team
Protagonist(voiced by Jun Hirose)
A USMC officer who underwent intense combat and command training between tours of duty. He was transferred to the Schwarzwelt Investigational Team by U.N. request. As a member of the Strike Team, his duties include off-ship missions and providing security for the expedition. He is on the crew roster for ship 1, the Red Sprite.
Gore (voiced by Unsho Ishizuka)
The overall commander of the Schwarzwelt Investigative Team. He was originally a military officer serving a large country; the leadership abilities he displayed during his service earned him the top position on the team that now holds the fate of mankind. He commands the Red Sprite directly in addition to overseeing operations on the other three ships.
Jimenez (voiced by Takahiro Sakurai)
Another member of the expedition with an American military background, Jiminez began his career as an enlisted man and is now a private contractor, attracted to the expedition by the promise of financial gain. He service on ship 2, the Blue Jet, as a member of the Strike Team.
Zelenin (voiced by Maaya Sakamoto)
A Russian scientist recognized for her research on the Schwarzwelt. He position as the First Lieutenant of the Monitor Team was one of the first appointments made. Her chief duty is to research the Schwarzwelt’s true nature along with her crew mates on ship 3, the Elve.
(Editor’s Note: Character descriptions taken from official English website for original DS version.)
They sometimes bear their fangs at mankind, and they sometimes lend a hand. There are of course newly illustrated demons from artist Masayuki Doi, as well as additional demons from past titles for a total of approximately 350-plus demons.
■ A Mysterious Assassin that Opens a New Ending
Alex (voiced by Megumi Han)
A mysterious girl who suddenly attacks the protagonist during the exploration of Schwarzwelt. What is her goal in targeting the life of the protagonist with such open hostility?
■ Deeper Elements
New Illustrations and Full Voice-Overs Make Event Scenes More Dramatic
New character Alex and new demons like Amon have are illustrated by Masayuki Doi. Other characters have also have newly added facial expressions and such thanks to the Atlus Design Team, and the main story is fully voiced. Additionally, a number of new background songs from the Atlus Sound Team’s Shoji Meguro and Toshiki Konishi will pull you even deeper into the story.
Addition of New Developments and New Ending
The game’s rich and magnificent original story remains, and a new story that begins by meeting a mysterious girl named Alex leads to a new ending. An even deeper “harsh and strange journey” is awaiting your challenge.
Improved and Easier to Play Systems That Keep the Fun of the Original In Tact
With new skills and new growth elements added, battles have been even further improved to deeper respond to gameplay. There are three difficulty levels, allowing everyone from beginners to hardcore fans to enjoy the game. Additionally, you can save anywhere in the dungeon and the UI has been refined in pursuit of easier playability, allowing for an even deeper demon experience.
Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey comes out for the Nintendo 3DS this Fall.