Strange Journey is back but will it be better?
If you’re a fan of the Megami Tensei series, you’re in luck. Atlus recently announced that Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey is getting a major facelift and gameplay overhaul before it is reintroduced as Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey for the 3DS this fall. The announcement came during a special live stream by Atlus that was dedicated to unveiling what new titles fans should expect to see soon. Unfortunately, there weren’t too many details about the new Megami Tensei game shared during the stream. What we do know, however, is that the new title will be released in Japan and it will essentially be a fancy port to bring the game to the 3DS.
The latest title will aim to provide a better gameplay experience for those who weren’t impressed by the DS version of the game. At the same time, Atlus is promising new content in hopes to make the title feel new. In layman’s terms, it’s like a port… but supposedly better than just a port because it has new stuff too. Perhaps the most interesting (and mysterious) new content comes in the form of a new character named Alex, who is clearly not a big fan of the protagonist. Alex suddenly attacks the protagonist in a teaser trailer but there is currently no explanation as to why she wants to take the protagonist’s life. Design wise Alex looks interesting enough but what’s really intriguing is that Alex will also be bringing a new ending route to the game.
Deep Strange Journey is expected to feel like a more refined version of its predecessor from 2009 with more demons appearing, a new character and prettier visuals. The real question for now, however, is will the 3DS version of the game really feel new enough or improved enough to drive a reasonable amount of sales. Atlus will be announcing more details as the game’s release date nears but for now it seems like there is a lot of pressure on Alex’s shoulders. She is currently the sole piece of new content that gamers actually know about. That means she’s carrying quite a bit of the responsibility of somehow making the game feel fresh and new again.
No wonder she seems so volatile. Poor girl is probably stressed.