And yet another era closes down on us. In 2021, Developer Atlus officially sued the Shin Megami Tensei: Re:Imagine fan project, where fans attempted to revive the Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine MMO game from 2007, which previously ended service in 2016.
Unfortunately, due to this lawsuit, the Re:Imagine Discord server also later announced the complete shutdown of their services as well, despite not being involved in this lawsuit. Furthermore, they proclaim that the groups involved in the case are all “separate entities.”
This whole scenario might sound confusing, but in short, Shin Megami Tensei Imagine is now potentially en route to becoming what is known as lost media because the game shut down in 2014 in Western territories and 2016 in Japan. Chronologically, the title is set between Shin Megami Tensei and its sequel.
The gameplay used real-time combat in open environments similar to other MMORPGs while carrying over the Megami Tensei series’ recurring demon recruitment and fusion mechanics. The story was set in the aftermath of a war that devastated humanity and prompted the arrival of hostile demons split into Law and Chaos, two opposing factions, which means fans will be potentially left with this gap between the stories.
We will be sure to keep you updated on further developments in this lawsuit.
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