Today Furyu released a playable demo in Japan for the upcoming school JRPG Monark.
Of course, the demo is only in Japanese and you need a local account to download and install it, but it’s still a good way to take a look at the game before it releases in Japan on Oct. 14.
The demo lets you play the beginning of the game and you can even transfer your save data to the launch version (after installing update 1.01).
At the moment, we don’t know whether we’ll get the demo for the west at some point, or not.
If you’re unfamiliar with Monark, it’s a school JRPG developed by a team composed of multiple Shin Megami Tensei series veterans.
The game is coming to Japan on October 14 for PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. After that, NIS America will publish it in the west for the same platforms plus PC in early 2022.
Below you can read a brief official description that gives you the gist of the story.
“Could you face yourself and the threats around you to save the ones you love? Shin Mikado Academy is engulfed in a madness-inducing Mist, and only you can save everyone inside. Develop your Ego to break the pacts set by the Pactbearers and remove the corrupting Mist.”
If you’d like to learn more, you can check out the first screenshots and artwork, more details, the first trailer, the first battle gameplay, the opening cutscene, even more gameplay, another gameplay trailer, and one more focusing on the characters.
If you’re interested in the Shin Megami Tensei series itself, you can also check out our coverage of the next mainline game of the popular JRPG franchise, Shin Megami Tensei V for Nintendo Switch.