Should Shin Megami Tensei V Remain a Switch Exclusive?

Shin Megami Tensei V is coming out towards the end of this year, and I’m pretty excited about it. This is the fifth entry in the long-running Shin Megami Tensei series that spawned other fantastic subseries like Digital Devil Saga and Devil Survivor. With so many kinds of games under its belt, the Shin Megami Tensei series is no stranger to console exclusives.

The Devil Survivor games, Shin Megami Tensei IV, and Apocalypse were designed around the dual screens of the Nintendo DS family of systems. The ever-popular Persona series has been exclusively on Sony consoles, with a couple of exceptions. The Digital Devil Saga games are practically locked to the PlayStation 2. The list goes on.

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne and Persona 4: Golden, however, are some notable exceptions. These two titles managed to break away from their console exclusive releases and obtain re-releases on other platforms, Nintendo Switch for Nocturne and PC for both titles. Persona 4: Golden is exceptionally notable in this regard, selling almost one million digital units over its first year of release on Steam. From that alone, it sounds like a no-brainer to release the title on other hardware.

Unlike Shin Megami Tensei IV, Shin Megami Tensei V hasn’t been designed a dual-screen use, so there wouldn’t be an extensive overhaul to bring the title to other consoles. Compared to the Persona series, Shin Megami Tensei could use the boost of additional platforms so more players can enjoy the game.

Further, it’d be interesting to know what the series could do on more powerful hardware. The design is vastly different from the highly stylish Persona 5 and exudes a more lonely and isolated feeling. However, I’d love to see this adventure run at a higher resolution given that there are larger environments and you can see the demons roaming around the dungeons.

While there might be some exclusivity deal involved with Nintendo, as the game was first announced alongside the actual unveiling of the Nintendo Switch itself, this is pure speculation. But wouldn’t it be nice to get this game in as many hands as possible?

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Pyre Kavanagh

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