Today Atlus released a large gallery of screenshots and details about its upcoming JRPG Soul Hackers 2, showing new characters and more.
First of all, we meet Raven. He’s a former member of Yatagarasu and used to be a top-notch summoner, but now he’s retired and runs an orphanage. He’s very sociable and loves children. He speaks calmly and he’s very caring. He’s like a mentor figure to the hero Arrow, and calls him little brother. Ringo and her team visit him to ask for advice during their investigation.
The second character introduced today is Kaburagi, a member of Phantom Society. He’s a bright young man with a strong sense of justice and care for his friends. Yet, he kills Arrow to fulfill his mission. The two appear to know each other and have some sort of connection.
We also learn more about Arrow himself, including the fact that he loves taking care of plants as his hobby, he loves shoyu (soy source flavor) ramen. His birthday is February 22.
Arrow’s COMP is a gun-type so his basic attacks are bullets. He is strong with the ice elements and support skills. His physical strength is considerable and depending on how he’s specced he can learn skills to shield his allies.
Like in most Shin Megami Tensei games, it’s important to attack enemies according to their elemental weaknesses, while avoiding their resistances.
Ringo and her companions have COMPs that can be equipped with a variety of demons giving them direct access to their skills.
If you hit an enemy’s weakness you can summon your own demon, which is called “Stack.” At the end of the turn, Ringo will give the signal to begin the “Sabbath” prompting all summoned demons to strike. You can stack up to 16 demons.
Demons can also learn tandem skills and when they join a Sabbath there is a chance that they will unleash those skills with various effects like inflicting abnormal statuses or healing allies.
Evolving Ringo’s COMP will unlock Commander Skills, with a variety of effects like boosting the strength of your Sabbath, switching demons without using up your turn, or increasing the number of actions at your disposal. Yet, these skills have a cooldown so they should be used carefully.
You can check out all the screenshots below.
Soul Hackers 2 releases for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC (Steam and Windows Store) on August 26, just one day after the Japanese launch on August 25.
Here’s how Atlus officially describes the game:
“Soul Hackers 2 inherits the essence of Devil Summoner: Soul Hacker, while evolving the game concept with a more defined art style, addictive RPG gameplay and ATLUS’s next-level storytelling. Set in the Shin Megami Tensei universe, Soul Hackers 2 follows a brand new story about two Agents of Aion, Ringo and Figure, and their fight to stop the destruction of the world.
Produced and directed by Eiji Ishida and Mitsuru Hirata, other featured staff includes music composed by MONACA, character designs by Shirow Miwa and Production Manager Shinjiro Takata.”