Shin Megami Tensei Devil Hunter ZERO Released


The latest addition to the hit Megami Tensei series, Shin Megami Tensei Devil Hunter ZERO, has been revealed. The good news is that it is an RPG, but as for the bad news…


Index, the company which recently dissolved Atlus, has announced the game will shortly be exclusively available on one of Japan’s top social networking/gaming sites, GREE.

Devil Hunter Zero joins Persona 3 Social as the latest SNS outing for the franchise, which has still yet to appear on a modern console.

Curiously, long-time fans of the series are less than enthusiastic about this new direction for the franchise.

The worst case scenario looks increasingly likely – Catherine fails to sell because it is not an RPG, Index declares game development on consoles to be too risky, and what remains of Atlus is subsequently consigned to making awful mobile phone games until the Megami Tensei franchise’s popularity is spent, at which point the Atlus “brand” is dissolved into Index’s mobile game division.

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    Avatar of Chiaki H
    Comment by Chiaki H
    07:01 22/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Lots of feet getting shot these days. I thought guns were outlawed in Japan.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    22:38 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Someone needs to make a Gaijin4Koma out of this...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:19 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's many games and franchises get released on mobile phones. It's nothing new.

    CAVE releasing their games for the iphone/ipad and it sells well. Oh knoes! They'll stop publishing their stuff for the 360 because it doesn't sell that great - some point yes since they'll run out of titles to port, but you get the picture.

    Also...Atlus can still develop for handhelds which is cheaper and brings in some revenue to put towards developing on consoles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except that you know, CAVE is still releasing stuff for the 360, Dai Fukkatsu Black Label is coming next month, Muchi Puchi and Pink Sweets is coming too, Akai Katana will be probably coming next, even the dreaded Dai Ou Jou with all the problems gets a patch (finally) in two days.

    Problem is that the 360 crap is JP region locked.

    Hell they could port Mushihime Bug Panic to the Kinect and it WOULD work.

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    Comment by Hyra911
    21:44 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A big turn off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:31 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just make Persona 5 on the PS3 and watch profits fly

    But noooo, "cellphone is the way to go"


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    Comment by Taiga-sama
    21:10 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    bah ! nice move Index :( on the second though, i dont wanna play that game though....

    where is my persona 5 !!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    SMT imagine ("Online" outside of japan) was pretty fun with all the events and people if you played on the japanese servers back before they blocked outside ip's.

    The Aeria version was beyond miserable and lazy as hell with their stupid "lets play hide and seek" bs "events" and 4++ years behind the Japanese version.

    Really doesn't affect us much, think that fiasco showed any online game would be murdered outside of japan, and the only thing this "could be" would be a networking gimmick or DS game.

    Avatar of Cotton Candy
    Comment by Cotton Candy
    21:15 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Indeed. First Catherine and now this? What the hell.
    Index is doing it wrong.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    fuck index.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where the hell is Touma!? Put that loli in it's place!

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    21:26 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Watch Persona 5 be a cellphone game with no animation. lol

    Seppuku time for SMT fans?....

    I also don't like how they're adding that random "Zero" naming just to confuse gamers more about the versions. With cellphone/social-network/handheld/consoles/PC versions, it's only going to get crazy convoluted as if it wasn't already. Look at Kingdom Hearts series now.

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    Comment by Megidola
    22:42 21/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Index Holdings are just trying to make a quick buck, they don't care how much they desecrate Atlus's corpse.

    From PS2 to portable consoles to cellphones, the series seems to be going backwards. At this rate Persona 5 will be pen-and-paper, and Persona 6 will be on stone tablets.

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    Comment by vanchrian
    22:31 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The fans will find a way to live on.

    Index will be the one to lose business and have to commit seppuku after the top leadership of Atlus grow some balls and leave to form a new company.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:49 24/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually its a pretty smart move from Index really. It's becoming a well known fact that social networking games and mobile phone games pretty much print money since they are cheap to make and are pretty much instantly profitable. This way they are cashing in on an established franchise with a fantastic install base as well as possibly introducing new customers to a previously inaccessible series.

    As for those who are whining about Persona; Megaten fans have been up on this shit since before you guys liked that series. Persona 3 is considered a slap in the face to older more "hardcore fans" because of its simplicity and change of theme as well as it being a sign of Atlus "selling out".

    Tl;Dr... Slowpoke.jpg

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    01:02 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    People want a grand entry of Persona onto a next gen console. That's it. Catherine seems like a nice game, but at the same time it's not what people wanted. Here's hoping they quickly catch a clue and just do the game already

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    Comment by AppleBread
    21:19 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    no offense, but both of you comments makes absolutely no sense to me
    First poster: I have absolutely no idea what you're trying to say
    Second poster: Index has absolutely nothing to do with Catherine, and Catherine is, in its own rights, a fairly good game

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    Comment by Megidola
    02:08 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Catherine is the only thing about Atlus right now that actually looks promising, since it looks like an interesting game in its own right and confirms they're finally developing for current generation consoles.

    Persona 5 will almost certainly use the same game engine as Catherine, so if people are really that upset about it not being an RPG, they can just consider it part of the development process for the former game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:13 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm trying to say their decision to move SMT game to social networking / gaming site is suck. first Persona 3, now this, heck maybe all the future game from Atlus will be. and this trend happened since Index comes in :-(

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    Comment by Taiga-sama
    02:13 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    funny thing is that i found catherine looks promising and worth the wait. can't wait for the us release :-)

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    Comment by Cotton Candy
    00:01 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I didn't say Catherine was bad. I'm talking about people's expectations about the game. I didn't play it yet but we all know that lot of people didnt like it because it wasn't a RPG.

    Avatar of Taiga-sama
    Comment by Taiga-sama
    00:17 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    ^ comment above was by me. forgot to login ..

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atlus in my dictionary is mean GREAT RPG!!!
    Catherine not RPG,,,mean you FAIL!~

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    Comment by Bigall
    21:52 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Index is doing like other developpeurs. There are more mobile phones than consoles, so if the park is bigger; more clients. Even Capcom, Sega and Konami understood that. Plus you need less effectives to program in a mobile.

    It's all about the money in the end, not the fans. They don't care about the fans...

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    Comment by SnooSnoo
    21:18 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Index, the company which recently dissolved Atlus, has announced the game will shortly be exclusively available on one of Japan’s top social networking/gaming sites, FREE.

    Lolwut tell me I was not the only person who read it like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually read that part as:

    "Japan’s top social networking/gaming sites, GREED."
    Guess I'm a bit of a realist.

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    Comment by Risui
    21:18 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Social Networks: Slowly and stealthily convincing ppl they are totally necessary.

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    Comment by Maigo44
    22:21 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    social networks succeed to control network society left me in despair..

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    Comment by 711
    00:44 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now that I think about it, the only thing they did wrong with the Matrix was the black screen with the green binary codes.

    If it would've been a blue logo w/ and F on it and tons of newsfeeds scrolling on the background it would've been factually accurate ¬¬

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    23:51 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wtf is this?

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    Comment by Default Player
    01:22 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope it's going to be like Devil Survivor and Suzuhito Yasuda to be doing the character designs. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    no i wanna see a direct console sequel nocturne dammit, they say strange journey was but still... or a remake of nocturne for new systems,

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is just wishful thinking on Sankaku's part. Seriously, every news about Atlus on this site has been "new Atlus game is shit, Atlus is dead" lately.
    Meanwhile, Persona 2: Innocent Sin is coming on the PSP and (hopefully) Eternal Punishment will follow soon.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    02:46 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i just want a new Shin Megami Console game and Persona 5, but Catherine will fill those until they are released :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:20 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was actually considering Catherine BECAUSE it's not an RPG. Is that just me?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    why can't they cut all these not selling craps and use the bucks to make persona 5 already.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because "they" are not in control of what Index orders them to create.

    You know, back then, when Atlus ceased to exist, people laughed at us for predicting exactly this sort of development. They didn't believe that anything bad would come from Index's rule.
    I will tell you now, it will only get worse from here on out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:41 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Umm, let's not jinx this. Shin Megami Tensei is too good for ONLY mobile devices.

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    Comment by Ben
    11:30 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks boring.

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    Comment by Benoist
    21:58 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that Index is not magical at all...
    i'm getting really sick of these social non-games taking over the industry

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    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    07:32 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    w8ing for persona 5 for PS3!!!

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    08:29 22/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Same here...

    This news however, does not interest me in the least bit though, SNS they say, baka!...

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    Comment by The Unholy Kanon
    07:58 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Waiting for Persona 5 and Catherine. So what if the game is a platform puzzle? I'm still gonna to enjoy it.

    Avatar of Pantsu_Rider
    Comment by Pantsu_Rider
    21:43 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    All do I know pretty sure...

    Atlus (maybe) just trolling us ( ̄3 ̄)~

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    Comment by Pantsu_Rider
    22:10 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh well,
    until Altus have confident to realize their fan is HUGE

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    Comment by Esura
    23:20 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The thing is, is it huge enough for them to invest heavily in another console entry of a Shin Megami Tensei game?

    I doubt it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well last SMT was Nocturne that received the rehash of Nocturne Maniacs, everything else has been a spin off that just uses the "SMT" part of the name, Strange Journe was a far outcry of what was the SMT quality of the games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:26 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holly ballsacks of zeus.

    Microsoft going full scale on Lolkinect games,square falling apart,namco ignoring the west market and now this...I just looked ps3,360,wii localized JRPG list and i see less than 5~8 thats actually decent.

    Altrough i have to admit the DS was simply spetacular(remembered me the 32-16 bit golden era) with alot of diverse games and even the psp had his shinny moments.I already can see the day when all the gaming industries will move to the portable.

    So much cheaper and easy to handle not mentioning its popularity.
    Lets admit it,how much a ps4 will cost? 800 700 dollar?maybe even 1000?Games would certainly be over 100+.And then they expect to sell.I would never pay that much for a console...i would rather buy a well good PC or even a motocycle here

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    22:36 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What console?

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    Comment by Kevin
    21:37 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn, Atlus is really going to be gone, isn't it?

    Even few months after the news of Atlus 'death' came out, I still hope Persona Franchise will replace FF, but nooo.

    Index decide to milk it out for all their care.

    Now I just hope Suikoden will still pull it out......

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    Comment by Esura
    23:18 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well your problem is that you actually thought that the Persona franchise will actually overshadow the behemoth that is the Final Fantasy series. Thats blind faith right there.

    Also, Suikoden doesn't have a chance in hell to pull it out.

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