Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux arrives in the West in May

2018 may be the first full calendar year for the Nintendo Switch, but that doesn't mean we're shelving our 3DSes quite yet. Earlier this morning, Atlus U.S.A announced on their Twitter feed that Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux,  the 3DS remaster of 2009's Strange Journey, will release in North America on May 15. Alongside the announcement, we get a look at a slightly altered box art for the title. The major difference is the removal of Alex's weapon from the Japanese boxart.


We have the text from the press release below:

The Story

A spatial distortion full of demons appeared in Antarctica, threatening to engulf the Earth in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. The United Nations responded by tasking a team of highly advanced specialists with piercing the anomaly and figuring out how to stop it from the source. Well, get ready to don your Demonica once again in this new, expanded port. Expect new story content, additional endings, a new dungeon to explore, and more in the return of this sci-fi tinged SMT adventure.


Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux features: 

  • A Stranger Journey Back - In Strange Journey Redux, you play as a brave United Nations soldier investigating a spatial anomaly called the Schwarzwelt--a dome of dark energy that threatens to consume the world. Inside, you'll find it home to a nightmare mirror of our own Earth, populated with demons dying to meet you. The game touts brand-new illustrations by Masayuki Doi, updated visuals, UI tweaks, and more to make this journey back into the Schwarzwelt ... even stranger.
  • Additional Story Content and a Brand-new Character - You won't be retreading the same nightmarish path as before because a brand-new character named Alex will play a major role in how the story unfolds. Much about her is a mystery, but there is one thing you know for sure: she's got a bone to pick with you. Joining her are new demons you might recognize from other SMT entries, new endings, and a new dungeon to discover.

Released late last year in Japan, Strange Journey Redux  features redone voicework and new artwork for characters and demon designs. Character portraits will also now contain more animation, such as using different facial expressions throughout the game. New musical tracks will be added to the remaster as well.

One major gameplay change we're looking forward to in Strange Journey Redux is the ability to save anywhere and three different difficulty options to choose from. Interface tweaks have also been made, in addition to new skills and other elements.

We have more details from the original localization announcement here, and you can see more coverage and videos from the game's hub page. 


Deep Silver has announced via their Twitter that Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux will release in Europe on May 18. They did not provide a box art with their press release, so it's not clear at this point which version of the art they will use.