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Two entries in the overall Devil Summoner series were expanded into their own sub-series.
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is the second entry in the Devil Summoner series, originally released for the Sega Saturn in 1997. While the game did not initially spawn a sub-series, it was overtime followed by a two novel adaptations and mobile games based on this particular entry. Soul Hackers was established as a proper sub-series with the release of Soul Hackers 2 in 2022, 25 years after the original game's release, which the game's developers intended to be part of a new series.
The Soul Hackers sub-series is set in a futuristic, technologically-advanced setting, in contrast to other Megami Tensei games which tend to be closer to modern, present-day settings.
Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha
The Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha sub-series of games centers on Raidou Kuzunoha XIV, a detective and Devil Summoner active during the Taishō era of Japan. The sub-series began with Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army, the third entry in the overall Devil Summoner series, released for the PlayStation 2 in 2006. The game was subsequently followed with a sequel in 2008 along with a few adaptations, including a novel, a two-part audio drama series, and a manga series.
Distinct from other Devil Summoner and Megami Tensei games, the Raidou Kuzunoha games feature action-oriented, real-time battles as opposed to turn-based as in other games.
↑ Translation: "Hirata: This is the first completely new game in the series in 25 years. It is more of a reboot than a sequel, and we are putting all of our effort into it. We have included many elements to meet the expectations of Soul Hackers fans, so we hope you will enjoy the game as much as we do." Weekly Famitsu magazine issue #1735. Soul Hackers 2 Developer Interview on Reviving the Series 25 Years Later, Concepts Behind the Story. Published March 2, 2022. Retrieved September 23, 2023. Persona Central.