Why The Upcoming Release of ‘Soul Hackers 2’ is Such a Big Deal

The future is bright for the Shin Megami Tensei franchise!

The reach of the Shin Megami Tensei franchise spans as wide as its contemporaries, namely Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. All three of these massive franchises contain numerous games spanning different genres.

The thing is, as old as the Shin Megami Tensei franchise is (the first game was released in 1987), it never truly became a worldwide phenomenon.

This changed following the release of Persona 5, which reinvigorated the turn-based JRPG genre and allowed many new players to experience the franchise for the first time. The deep reverence players have for Persona 5 is still felt today, six years after its release.

Since then, the game’s developers, Atlus, have been pushing their games to a global audience by porting older Persona and Shin Megami Tensei games to modern systems. The release of Shin Megami Tensei V was also a landmark for the franchise.

This newfound confidence in the brand may have led many to believe that Atlus would just immediately release Persona 6, but thankfully, Atlus have turned their attention to forgotten parts of the franchise.

To everyone’s surprise, Atlus announced Soul Hackers 2, the sequel to Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers that was originally released on the Sega Saturn and PlayStation in 1997. This game was later enhanced and ported to the Nintendo 3DS in 2012.

With Soul Hackers 2, Atlus has chosen to retainthe cyber aesthetics of the original game. But rest assured that the sequel is fit for the modern age; if you thought the gameplay systems of the Shin Megami Tensei franchise were a lot like Digimon, Soul Hackers pushes the envelope even further.

Essentially, what we have is a digital adventure starring young hackers who use the patented roster of monsters and demons of the franchise in battles. Soul Hackers 2 has players in the role of Ringo, an agent for the sentient data collective, Aion.

Ringo and her partner Figue must enter the human world to locate two special individuals who are the key to stopping the apocalypse. The two quickly find both of these figures are dead, which only accelerates the end of the world.

From there, players will have to recruit Devil Summoners to their cause and find a way to stop the apocalypse. This means going through turn-based battles, social interactions, and making pacts with various demons.

This game is also notable for being a multi-platform game, as Persona and Shin Megami Tensei have both been exclusive for PlayStation and Nintendo respectively. Soul Hackers 2 will be released on August 25 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

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Soul Hackers 2

Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Atlus
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