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Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Remaster Launches May 25

The Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster has just had its release date confirmed as May 25, via a press release from Sega and Atlus.

Fans began speculating about a release date last week, following a listing from the ESRB, which usually means that a game’s release is fairly close. Fans did not have to wait too long, however, as Sega and Atlus have put out a statement regarding the game’s release.

The official statement from Sega and Atlus is as follows:

The cult classic has been reborn. Pre-orders are now live for Shin Megami Tensei® III Nocturne HD Remaster! Reawaken your inner demon in a modernized version of the acclaimed ATLUS classic. Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster releases for PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™ and Steam® on May 25.

What begins as a normal day in Tokyo turns out to be everything but, when the Conception – an ethereal apocalypse – is invoked. The remains of the world are swallowed by chaos, as a demonic revolution descends into a broken city. Caught between a battle of gods and demons, the choices you make can bring life, rebirth, or death, and determine who triumphs. This genre-defining, infamously punishing RPG is back and now includes:

* Remastered 3D models and backgrounds.
* Additional difficulty settings for players of all skill levels.
* Suspend save – save your progress whenever you need!
* Voiced audio – choose between Japanese and English VO.
* An alternate branch featuring Raidou Kuzunoha.

The Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster will be retailing for $49.99, but a Digital Deluxe Edition has been announced for the game. The Digital Deluxe Edition will be $69.99, and will include extra BGM tracks, a map pack, the Maniax pack featuring Dante from Devil May Cry, and the MERCIFUL difficulty.

The inclusion of the MERCIFUL difficulty, which is described by Sega as a difficulty for beginners or those who want to enjoy the story, is an odd choice. Usually difficulty modes are just in the game by default, so making it downloadable content is an unprecedented decision.

A lower difficulty option will probably be welcomed though, as the original PlayStation 2 version of the game is considered to be brutally difficult. This should help bring in new players and appeal to fans of other RPGs, like Shin Megami Tensei’s more popular sister series, Persona.

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