Atlus has had the tendency to bring out games for a console at the end of its life cycle. Examples from last generation include “Persona 3” and “Persona 4”, two games that were high quality RPGs, but many weren’t aware of them when they first released because the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 were demanding everyone’s attention. This generation looks like it will have a similar outcome since “Persona 5” won’t be releasing until next year, and it will be on PlayStation 3. By that time, many people will likely be gaming on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Luckily the “Persona” series has built a sizable fan base now, so it probably won’t affect sales all that much. As the “Shin Megami Tensei” series and its various side series have grown in popularity though, it has become fruitful for Atlus to release some of the older games that players may not have been aware of back then for a second time.
Enter “Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army”, which released yesterday on PSN as a PlayStation 2 Classic. Like “Persona 3” and “Persona 4”, many people probably didn’t know about this game when it originally released because it came out late in the PlayStation 2’s life (the PlayStation 3 released only months later). Also, when “Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army” released the series was just not all that popular, and had more of a cult following than anything.
The latest Persona games have gotten the series some mainstream attention though, so it’s a good move by Atlus to bring the game to PSN. It’s drastically different from other games with the “Shin Megami Tensei” name, but that could be a good thing for gamers that prefer action more than turn-based combat.
With “Shin Megami Tensei” games never more popular in North America than they are now, it’s a simple way for Atlus to generate revenue without having to do much. Don’t be surprised if you see the sequel to “Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army” release on PSN as well sometime down the line, and the “Digital Devil Saga” side series might make an appearance as well.