The original Shin Megami Tensei, published originally in 1992 for the Super Famicom in Japan, will launch for iOS devices in North America on March 18, publisher Atlus announced today.
Role-playing game Shin Megami Tensei is the predecessor and inspiration for a number of Atlus series, including Devil Summoner, Devil Survivor and Persona as well as the core Shin Megami Tensei franchise. Atlus confirmed with Polygon that the iOS version is an emulation of the Game Boy Advance port with music taken from its 2001 PlayStation release.
The title, set in a futuristic Tokyo 199X, introduces the global struggle between Chaos and Law punctuated by demonic and supernatural forces. As the main protagonist, players will recruit and communicate with demons, summon them to fight and fuse them together to create an unstoppable team in the never-ending battle for power. Choices players make will affect what resources are available to them, as well as the outcome of the game.
Shin Megami Tensei iOS contains the full release in English; according to Atlus, this is 40 to 60 hours of gameplay. Atlus' previous parent company, Index, released a Japanese language only version of Shin Megami Tensei on iOS in Feb. 2012. This version is no longer available for purchase.
Shin Megami Tensei will be available for $7.99 via the iTunes App Store.