Shin Megami Tensei V screenshots show side characters, press turn battle system, and skill potentials

Atlus has released a new batch of screenshots and artwork for Shin Megami Tensei V. The images highlight details previously released with SMT V News Vol. 1, regarding characters Tao, Yuzuru, Ichiro, Miyazu, and Hayao.

In addition to new screenshots, Atlus also shared a detailed story premise, information on the press turn battle system, as well as a slightly new mechanic known as Skill Potentials. We also have official artwork for demons Chironup, Demeter, and Anahita.

The details can be found below, with screenshots and artwork in the gallery, via Atlus.

Shin Megami Tensei V is set to release for Nintendo Switch on November 11 in Japan and November 12 worldwide. For more, you can check out:


Shin Megami Tensei V - Story Premise

After the tunnel collapsing incident, the protagonist wanders into a dilapidated Tokyo swarming with demons: a wasteland called Da’at. He fuses with a mysterious man, Aogami, to become the condemned being “Nahobino,” and finds new powers to fight demons.

However, it wasn’t only the protagonist who wandered into Da’at after the collapsing incident. His classmates Yuzuru Atsuta and Ichiro Dazai also have close encounters with demons, but somehow manage to reunite with the protagonist, and the three are able to return to Tokyo.

What awaits the three upon returning is the presence of another classmate, Tao Isonokami. According to her, two versions Tokyo exist–the one they live in, and Da’at. The mythical demons in Da’at have spawned from darkness, and have their sights set on humans and Tokyo itself. She reveals she is a member of the Japanese branch of Bethel, an organization that has sworn to fight the demons.

The team decides to join Bethel to protect the people of Tokyo, with Yuzuru and Ichiro using the power of the demon summoning program, and the protagonist using the power of Nahobino.

Right when it seems their peaceful lives as students have returned, an emergency notice comes in from Bethel. Demons have appeared all throughout Tokyo. The protagonist and his friends head out to protect people in the affected areas. At the same time, a wave of demons has begun to swarm into the protagonist’s school, Jouin High School.  Their classmate, Sahori Itsukishima, is in danger――.

Shin Megami Tensei V - Gameplay Details

Press Turn Battle System


This game features the classic command-based press turn battle system. By striking your enemies’ weaknesses, you can increase your turns and get the upper hand. However, enemies can also do the same, so beware! While simple, this battle system rewards strategic thought. With new skills added for the game, players can enjoy an even wider range of strategies. Enemies can strike your weakness, turning the tide in their favor.

Skill Potentials


Demons all carry affinities and weaknesses. Skills that match their demons’ affinities become that much more powerful, marked with a “+” skill potentials. Conversely, inheriting a skill that matches a demon’s natural weakness leads to a “-” skill potential, making it less powerful. Strategically deciding between the damage you can deal vs the enemy weaknesses you can strike is key. Keep this in mind when creating your party, so you can choose demons that best fit your personal playstyle.

Shin Megami Tensei V - Screenshots and Artwork

Shin Megami Tensei V