7 facts you didn’t know about the show

Shin Megami Tensei, Atlus’ JRPG full of mainline titles and a plethora of spin-offs, has seen many changes over its three-decade history. While Persona is the franchise’s best-known spin-off series these days, another spin-off, Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, has somehow continued to be memorable despite only having two entries to its name, with a slight change of name between titles.

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While the first game in the series was only available in Japan for a little over a decade, the second was released worldwide. As such, there’s probably a lot fans didn’t know about the show.


seven Second title in The Devil Summoner series

While Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is the first title in the Soul Hackers series, it is also the second title in the Devil Summoner series. The first game in the series, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner, launched for the Sega Saturn in 1995 in Japan and also had a PlayStation Portable port a decade later in 2005, with neither version ever having seen for official release outside of Japan.

Devil Summoner also received a 1997 live-action television drama adaptation by Tsuburaya Entertainment, the studio behind the Ultraman franchise, and is the only game in the franchise to receive one. The series itself has also been adapted into three novels by Bugi Toumon.

6 Sega Saturn debuts exclusively in Japan

Like its predecessor Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner, the original Soul Hackers title Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers launched exclusively for the Sega Saturn in Japan in 1997. A handful of Atlus games unrelated to the Shin Megami Tensei franchise launched on the Sega Saturn as well, with the two Devil Summoner titles being the only Shin Megami Tensei-related games released on the platform.

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Although composer Shoji Meguro has composed music for many Shin Megami Tensei games and spin-offs, during an interview with RocketBaby he claimed that he has created fifty tracks for Soul Hackers, but also said joking that he doesn’t remember the time he spent working there due to repressed memories of the experience.

5 There was originally a separate Compendium of Demons CD

Like its predecessor, the original Sega Saturn version of Soul Hackers had a Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers Demon Compendium Second Collection CD. This Demon Compendium features all of the demons that have appeared in Soul Hackers and shows them in higher resolution, with additional commentary on each demon.

Although this demon viewing mode is the main feature of the Demon Compendium, it also contains a mode for listening to the Soul Hackers soundtrack. However, something unique to this Demon Compendium that the previous one did not have was a sound novel; basically, an audiobook that details how the hacker group Spookies came to be.

4 The first upgraded version was on PlayStation

In 1999, due to the popularity of Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, an enhanced version was released for PlayStation but remained exclusive to Japan. New features included new story events, Paradigm X Casino, bonus dungeons, and more.

The PlayStation port was also re-released a year later as part of Sony’s The Best budget series, the Asian equivalent of the Greatest Hits and Essentials brands in North America and Europe, respectively. Although there was an attempt to officially locate and release both versions of the game outside of Japan, unfortunately it never worked out. Luckily, Soul Hackers didn’t remain a Japan-exclusive title forever.

3 New Features in the Nintendo 3DS Remake

An enhanced remake of Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, which retained the original game’s title, launched on Nintendo 3DS more than a decade after the original game launched and marked the first time the game was released outside of Japan, launched in Japan in 2012 and 2013 in North America, Europe and Australia.

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New features for the Nintendo 3DS remake included an animated opening movie, voice acting, redone artwork including a new demon designed by Masayuki Doi, refined combat, and new gameplay elements that use Nintendo features 3DS such as Streetpass and Nintendo 3DS Play Coins.

2 Two mobile titles exclusive to Japan

In 2008, two mobile games related to Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers were released exclusively in Japan, Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers Intruder and Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers New Generation. Intruder is a strategy JRPG set approximately six months after the events of the first game, specifically after the end of the New Game+ route.

The second mobile game, Soul Hackers New Generation, apparently doesn’t take place at a specific time, but is instead a monster fighting game where summoners battle their demons, raising them in Free Battle mode so they can reach the master rank in Challenge Battle mode.

Soul Hackers 2 is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC. While Atlus games were already on all these platforms, Soul Hackers 2 is the first game from Atlus and the first Shin Megami Tensei franchise title to be released on an Xbox console since Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for Xbox 360 in 2014.

Prior to the first Persona 4 Arena title, the only Shin Megami Tensei game available on Xbox was Shin Megami Tensei: NINE, which never launched on any other console outside of the original Xbox and was never officially released. available outside of Japan.

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