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[shin megami tensei 4]School RPG Monark from Ex-Shin Megami Tensei Devs Announced for PlayStation and Switch

2021-09-08

  Monark, a school-based RPG from former Shin Megami Tensei developers has been officially announced and is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.

  As reported by Gematsu, the game, Monark, was formally revealed in the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu, and is in development at Lancarse, with character design from so-bin and scenario design from SMT veteran Ryutaro Ito. It will launch on October 14 in Japan, but there has been no word just yet about a worldwide release or localization.

  News of the project started to appear earlier this week, but there’s now a full-blown teaser website and a planned YouTube premiere of the game’s first trailer on June 10.

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  According to Ryokutya2098’s writeup, the game’s protagonist is the deputy head of “the True Student Council,” an organization set up to “solve the abnormal situations in the school”. The game has multiple endings, with different routes depending on which “buddy character” the protagonist picks.

  There’s also a “madness” meter in the command-based battle system that you can increase “to use more powerful skills” and an “EGO system” that is related to the seven deadly sins, and will be based on the player’s choices, and their abilities to employ demon underlings.

  According to an interview from the magazine, the developers were inspired by 1994’s Shin Megami Tensei If… and the fact that “nowadays there are no games like it”. The interviews also revealed there will be over 100 student stories in the games and “about 40 songs”.

  In other Shin Megami Tensei news, the release date for Shin Megami Tensei V has seemingly leaked ahead of E3.

  Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.

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