Since the big announcement of the E3 release date at the beginning of summer, we have been offering you regular check-ins for Shin Megami Tensei V. So far, we have exclusive insights into the cast of characters, demons and the fight of Shin Megami Tensei V. Diving today we dive into the many secrets of the world, special versions of demons that represent Bethel, and how the difficulty settings work.
As you travel through Da’at, the alternative, post-apocalyptic version of Tokyo, you will receive inquiries and suggestions from various demons you encounter. While some may ask you to hand over items, others may ask you to defeat other demons. Completing the quests will reward you with things like items, Macca (the in-game currency), and EXP.
The Shin Megami Tensei series traditionally had some difficulty peaks, so Atlus offers three difficulty levels at launch plus one that is added as free DLC. At start-up, players can choose between Casual (more relaxed gameplay), Normal (for those looking for a little challenge), and Hard (for those looking for a much more challenging challenge).
You can choose between these three levels of difficulty at start-up and change the level of difficulty later in the game, but if you switch from Hard to Normal or Casual you will not be able to reactivate this save. However, you can switch between casual and normal at any time during the playthrough. Upon launch, Atlus will release free DLC for a security difficulty setting designed to allow anyone (including novice RPGs) to advance through the story with ease. More information on this will be announced shortly.
As we discussed in a previous story, the protagonist is partnering with Bethel’s Tokyo Branch to protect the city from demons. However, as you play, you will encounter demons representing Bethel branches from around the world. From Khonsu and Vasuki (representing Bethel Egypt and Bethel India respectively) to Zeus and Odin (representing Bethel Greece and Bethel Northern Europe), you’ll interact with a wide variety of Bethel-related demons, all of whom have overlapping ambitions and goals, both of them can influence Tokyo and the protagonist.
Of course, Bethel representatives aren’t the only demons you will encounter. We have said in the past that Shin Megami Tensei V contains more than 200 types of demons, including classic designs and new demons. You will meet and negotiate with demons like Idun and Aitvaras as well as Nuwa. Nuwa works with Yakumo and uses some of their power to attack the protagonist. However, it remains to be seen whether it will be an enemy or an ally in the long run.
On your journey you will meet a demon named Amanozako. She accompanies you on your travels and acts as a navigator. It supports you by informing you about objects in the vicinity or offering other helpful observations. Other demons can also join you as navigators instead of fighting allies.
Da’at is a sprawling world with dramatically changing terrain, enemies, and different challenges as you traverse. Leylines allows you to save in different locations in Da’at. You can also visit Cadaver’s Hollow where you can speak to its owner Gustave to buy and sell items that you can find in Da’at. You should also watch out for Miman, Gustave’s peasants scattered all over the place, Da’at. If you find them and report back to Gustave, you will receive rewards based on how many you find. You can earn fame that can be spent on powerful skills called miracles.
You will also be rewarded with various discoveries for your explorations. There are vending machines scattered around the world that can be used to obtain relics. By returning relics to Gustave, you can exchange them for Macca. Treasure chests also fill da’at with essences, items and macca. If you find a silver one (called an amalgam), you will be rewarded with fame. Magatsuhi offers you various rewards for collecting; Green heals HP, yellow restores MP, and red increases your Magatsuhi gauge during battles. Finding and touching statues of demons in Da’at will raise the level of your allies while you defeat Mitamas (rare demons) for items that you can convert into Macca, EXP, and Glory. Every now and then, mysterious red structures block your way. These abscesses are accompanied by powerful nearby enemies that will attack you. If you can destroy the abscess, your path will be cleared and you will deserve fame.
Shin Megami Tensei V hits Switch on November 12th. For more information on SMT V, please visit our hub by clicking here.
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