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Third party publisher reveals that its controversial RPG title, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, has been given a Mature rating by governing board ESRB


Irvine, CA, September 3, 2004 - Atlus U.S.A., Inc. announced today that its highly anticipated title, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne for the PlayStation®2 Computer Entertainment System, has been given a Mature rating by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) along with four descriptors, Blood, Intense Violence, Language and Sexual Themes.

"RPGs have finally grown up with the release of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne," said Gail Salamanca, Atlus' Marketing Manager. "We've taken great care to keep the localization as true to the creators' original vision with its dark and often controversial themes, as doing anything else would be a disservice to the gaming public. The developer's have crafted a game that raises the bar on mature storytelling and have combined it with a deep combat system and an overwhelming amount of character customization options never before seen in any RPG. SMT: Nocturne is definitely not for people with delicate sensibilities, but for those brave enough to play it, you'll be in for a gaming experience unlike any other."

About Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

Atlus' platinum selling RPG series from across the pacific finally comes stateside this September when

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne hits store shelves. Set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo, the entire population of the world has been annihilated by a global catastrophe called the Conception. Now, the fate of the entire world lies on the shoulders of a young man turned demon, who must battle his way through opposing demonic forces to bring balance to the world to come...or possibly become the harbinger of its destruction.

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Key Features:

  • Yesterday's foe is today's ally! Persuade over 150 different demons to join your party. Some demons may evolve into new forms on their own or fuse them to form even more powerful demons.
  • Customize your character with Magatama, living parasites that grant the host demonic powers!
  • Depending on the choices you make you'll follow one of several ideologies which will ultimately determine the fate of the entire world!
  • Special guest appearance by Dante, from Capcom's Devil May Cry series. Will he become your most feared enemy or your greatest ally?
  • Over 50 Hours of gameplay!

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne is scheduled to launch onto store shelves in the fall with a suggested retail price of $49.99. As a bonus, the game will come packaged with a Limited Edition Soundtrack that contains over 30 tracks from the in-game music. For additional information on the game, visit the official Shin Megami Tensei website at

About Atlus U.S.A., Inc.

Located in Irvine, CA, Atlus U.S.A., Inc. is a publisher of challenging and engaging video games for a variety of platforms including Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation®2. Atlus is best known for releasing unique RPGs and Strategy RPGs such as Ogre Battle, Tactics Ogre, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Wizardry, and Persona and the upcoming Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne and SMT: Digital Devil Saga. For more information visit:

® 2004 Atlus SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI and SMT are trademarks of Atlus USA. NOCTURNE® is a trademark of Terminal Reality, Inc. and is used with permission; all rights reserved. DANTE from Devil May Cry 2 : ® CAPCOM CO., LTD. 2003 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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