A new RPG for the PlayStation and Switch has been announced by former Shin Megami Tensei developers.
The game is a school-based RPG and is currently being called Monark.
Monark was formally revealed in the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu. The game is reportedly being developed at the development studio known as Lancarse. Character designs are being done by the illustrator of the Overlord novel series, so-bin.
The story scenario is being designed by SMT veteran, Ryutaro Ito. He is someone with writing credits for Shin Megami Tensei I and II.
The game is slated for release on October, 14. However, this date is for the Japanese release and there is no news on a worldwide release or even localization.
Though there were mumblings of news and rumors about this project, this is the biggest official promotion it has gotten.
There is now a teaser website with a large counter counting down to the premiere of its first trailer. You can tune into the trailer live, here.
As for what the game is about… various news outlets have reported that the protagonist is the deputy head of a school’s “True Student Council”, which is an organization created to “solve the abnormal situations at school”.
The game will also reportedly have multiple endings, based on which of your “buddies” you decide to side with in the story.
The game will also have a “madness” meter in its command-based battle system that the player can increase “to use more powerful skills”, along with an “EGO system” based on the seven deadly sins. It will be based on player choice and their ability to use demons, apparently.
According to the developers, they were inspired by Shin Megami Tensei If… which was released in 1994. They apparently lamented that there were now no games like it.
If you’d like to learn a little bit more about SMT If… check out this really informative and fun video by the YouTuber Marsh. This game is considered to be a precursor to the popular Persona series.
The developers also stated that there will be over 100 student stories in the game, along with about 40 songs.
While we wait for the trailer, you might want to check out the trailer for the recently released HD remaster of Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne.
At the time of writing the PS4 version and the Switch version of the game is discounted at $39.99.
The game was released on PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. We are currently in the process of playing it for review.