Shin Megami Tensei V To Receive Expansive Launch Day DLC & New Difficulty Mode



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Atlus has announced that their highly anticipated JRPG, Shin Megami Tensei V, will receive an extensive expansion of its base game through a mix of paid and free DLC content, launching alongside the game’s release on November 12th. The announcement came by way of a brief and informative video released via Atlus’ official Japanese YouTube channel. Check it out below!

Return of the True Demon ($9.99 USD)​

Return of the True Demon is the premier pick of the paid DLC which brings the protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei V into an optional and challenging battle against the Demi-Fiend, the powerful protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. Players will have to test their mettle against both an army of nine legendary fiends and the Demi-Fiend. If players are successful in defeating the demons, they will gain access to the Fiends via the series’ novel Fusion mechanic as well as as a showdown against the Demi-Fiend themselves.

  • A screenshot depicting Matador, one of the fightable Fiends in Shin Megami Tensei V.
    Matador, one of the nine Legendary Fiends
  • A screenshot depicting the Demi-Fiend of Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne powering up with their arms crossed, lit up in wires made of light.
    The Demi-Fiend.
  • A screenshot of artwork depicting the Red Rider who is a skeleton riding a red horse, holding a greatsword above them.
    Red Rider, one of the nine Legendary Fiends

A Goddess in Training ($4.99 USD)​

A Goddess in Training puts the protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei V in contact with the goddess Artemis partway through the game. Players can challenge her to battle, as part of her training regimen within the wastes of Da’at. If they succeed in defeating her, players will be able to recruit her to their cause and unlock her Fusion.

  • A screenshot depicting the goddess Artemis saying that she is the goddess Artemis, that she is the goddess of the moon and hunt, and that she is the daughter of Zeus.
    Artemis explaining who she is and what she represents.
  • A screenshot of artwork depicting the goddess Artemis who is a blonde-haired young woman wearing silver and cloth armour, a resplendent blue cape billowing behind her.
    Artwork of Artemis
  • A screenshot of the goddess Artemis utilising a special move known as an Astral Sainstrike +5.
    Artemis using a special move.

The Rage of a Queen ($2.99 USD)​

The Rage of a Queen puts the protagonist on a request search partway through the game for Cleopatra, who is a former representative of Bethel Egypt; an organisation representing the deities of Egytptian mythos in Shin Megami Tensei V. Players, in the process of checking in on Cleopatra, will have the oppurtunity to face off against her. If successful, they will gain her as an ally and unlock her Fusion.

  • A screenshot of the goddess Cleopatro who is saying 'I've had enough of this!  I'll kill anyone who tries to get near me!
    Cleopatra stating her desire.
  • A screenshot of the goddess Cleopatra who is wearing a white robe and has a head of living snakes rippling behind her.
    Artwork of Cleopatra
  • The goddess Cleopatra using a special move called Hamabarion.
    Cleopatra using a special move.

The Doctor’s Last Wish ($2.99 USD)​

The Doctor’s Last Wish will put the protagonist in pursuit of a Bethel researcher gone missing, bringing them into contact with the dark demon Mephisto. Players will have the opportunity to converse and then take on the tyrant himself. As with the previous two DLCs, if players are victorious against him, they will gain him as an ally and unlock his Fusion.

  • A screenshot of the Fiend Mephisto stating ...Hmm, your soul is usable as well. I shall take that too!
    The fiend Mephisto.
  • A screenshot depicting artwork of Mephisto who is masculine and clad in a red robe tailored to well-defined muscles and a small fedora perched on curving horns.
    Artwork of Mephisto
  • A screenshot of Mephisto using a special attack in the form of a purple ball surrounded by symbols. It is named Walpurgisnacht.
    Mephisto using a special attack.

Mitama Dance of Wealth ($2.99 USD) / Mitama Dance of EXP ($2.99 USD) / Mitama Dance of Miracles ($2.99 USD)​

These three DLCs offer players a way to farm for resources within the world of Shin Megami Tensei V. Mitama Dance of Wealth raises the spawn rate of “Saki Mitama,” a demon that drops items that can be sold for Macca, the currency of the game. Mitama Dance of EXP increases the spawn rate for both “Ara Mitama” and “Kushi Mitama,” two demons that drop items that increase the EXP of the protagonist and the protagonist’s ally demons. Finally, Mitama Dance of Miracles increases the spawn rate for “Nigi Mitama,” a demon that grants increased Glory, a substance that allows players to earn Miracles (buffs) that drastically change and customise their game experience.

Safety Difficulty (Price: FREE)​

Alongside paid DLC, players will be able to download a free DLC that adds “Safety Difficulty” to Shin Megami Tensei V. It is a difficulty mode specifically built for players new to RPGs to use that will give them the ability to progress easily through the game.

This difficulty mode comes alongside two confirmed options for New Game +: “Newborn” and “Reborn.” Once players complete the game, they can select “Newborn,” which transfers their Demon Compendium and enemy analysis data but keeps the substantial difficulty of the game intact.

“Reborn” operates in the traditional manner of a New Game +, where players will keep their protagonist’s level, skills, as well as all their available demons, Macca and items, bringing them for another round at greater strength.

  • A screenshot depicting the Reborn option for a second playthrough.
    The ‘Reborn’ and ‘Newborn’ New Game + options.
  • A screenshot depicting the Safety Difficulty option in the difficulty selection menu screen.
    The Safety Difficulty option.

Shin Megami Tensei V puts players in the role of a high school student who is transported to a ruined world overcome by Demons and Angels. Through circumstance, they become a being known as a Nahobino and must seek answers to their questions and find their place within this new world.

If you’re curious about RPGFan thought about Shin Megami Tensei V, feel free to check out our fresh review, penned by Izzy Parsons. For those looking to get a handle on just what the Shin Megami Tensei franchise is, check out our series primer, penned by Wes Iliff. It has helped me, as a Shin Megami Tensei novitiate, understand a little more about this franchise and its utterly extensive canon.

Shin Megami Tensei V is set to release on November 12th exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Stay tuned to RPGFan for all news Shin Megami Tensei and RPG!

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