It has been over eight years since gamers were treated to a title in Atlus's Devil Summoner series, but the wait is about to end. Atlus recently confirmed that another installment in the series, tentatively titled, Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou, is in production. Issen Yamai, known for the popular title Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, will direct the game and Kazuma Kanako will once again be in charge of character design.
Taking place in a world modeled after Japan's Taisho Era (1912-26), Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou will sport plenty of pre-WWII flair (a la Nautilus's Shadow Hearts series) but will not place much significance on the actual events of the time. The game's hero is a boy named, not surprisingly, Kuzunoha Raidou, the 14th head of the Kuzunoha family, which is known in more notorious circles as a family of powerful demon hunters. Raidou works to balance this aspect of his life along with the others, living as both a regular student and a detective of the occult. While the complete story has yet to be unveiled, it appears as if some serious goings-on are happening in the post-WWI Tokyo underworld, and Raidou has managed to land himself square in the middle of it all. Although Kuzunoha is the only known character, hints were dropped by Issen that several characters from previous Devil Summoner titles might contribute a cameo or two.
Not only is little known about the story, but details on the title's battle system are scarce as well. Mentions were made, though, that this game would see a bigger emphasis on action than in previous MegaTen games. Purists need not worry; Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou will stay faithful to tradition in many aspects, as players will still do battle by summoning demons, many of which will be easily recognizable to long-time series fans. These demons are also slated to have uses beyond simply fighting, and Raidou will utilize their aid in searching for items, trailing suspects, reaching out-of-the-way areas, and interrogating uncooperative sources.
Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou is roughly 45 percent completed. No Japanese has yet been announced, nor has a North American localization.