SEGA has launched the English version of a hero collection gacha game based on the classic Shin Megami Tensei (SMT) franchise. Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2 gives players the chance to collect and battle some of the franchise’s most iconic demons.
Like a number of other SMT games, Dx2 is an RPG that involves summoning and battling a wide range of demons. The game revolves around battles between competing factions of Devil Downloaders (Dx2), humans who have the ability to summon demons using their smartphones. The modern smartphone theme is present throughout the game’s story as players are introduced to some of the other Devil Downloaders.
Made to be accessible for new players, the game features an auto mode, all new 3D versions of the franchises demons and easy to pick up mechanics. For series regulars, the game promises the return of many of the series’ demons, as well as a number of mechanics that SMT vets will find familiar.
The combat is turn based, and revolves around discovering and taking advantage of each of your opponent’s weaknesses while being careful not to go up against their strengths. The system is a little more complex than the standard elemental advantage system used in many mobile RPGs thanks to attacks having their own properties and weaknesses are not readily apparent when fighting a monster for the first time.
Beyond the unique turn based combat system, Dx2 offers players a story with Japanese voice acting, a unique urban Japan setting, and PVP. Also of note is that fact that unlike many hero collection games, Liberation Dx2 is played entirely in portrait mode.
The Megami Tensei (better known outside of Japan as Shin Megami Tensei or SMT) franchise first started on the Famicon in 1987. The franchise contains multiple series, including the popular Persona games, Devil Summoner, and Devil Children. Many SMT games and spin-offs have never been released outside of Japan.
Dx2 was originally launched in Japan in Japan last year and is currently just outside of the top 50 grossing games on Google Play in its home market. Users outside of Japan were first given the chance to play the game in June during a closed beta test, and data from the test should carry over to the launch version of the game.
Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation Dx2 is free and contains in app purchases.