Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster

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This page covers content exclusive to the HD Remaster. For the other releases of Nocturne, see Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne and Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Maniax.

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster is a remaster of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Maniax, rebuilt in the Unity game engine. It was released for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on October 29, 2020 in Japan, followed by North America and Europe on May 25, 2021. The Steam version was released on the same day, May 25, in all regions. HD Remaster incorporates the changes from both the original Maniax and Maniax Chronicle Edition, with additional updates including graphical touch-ups, voice acting, a revised localization, and downloadable content.

The Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 versions of HD Remaster are based on the Chronicle Edition release, with Dante available as paid downloadable content. The Steam version is based on the original Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, making it the only official release of the original game in the west. Content from Maniax and Chronicle Edition are available as downloadable content for that version.

Blurb

Japanese

――東京が死んで、僕が生まれた。

200X年、東京。 主人公は、都内の高校に通う普通の少年。 その日は、これからも続くありふれた日常の一片に過ぎないはずであった。

しかし、突然起こった大異変『東京受胎』に巻き込まれ、日本の首都は『悪魔』の住まう異界へと姿を変えてしまう。ひとり目覚めた時、少年の身体もまた悪魔として新生していた。 変わり果てた『トウキョウ』で、変わり果てた己の身を戦いの旅路へと投じ、少年はかつての友人たちと『新世界創造』の選択と葛藤の物語を紡いでいく。

English

THE WORLD HAS BEEN SWALLOWED BY CHAOS
As a demonic revolution descends into a broken Tokyo, the choices you make will determine if it stays that way.

French

LE MONDE EST ENGLOUTI PAR LE CHAOS
Une révolution démoniaque s'abat sur la ville brisée de Tokyo. Vos décisions détermineront son sort.

Synopsis

Main section: Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne § Synopsis
Main section: Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Maniax § Synopsis

Gameplay Changes

The HD Remaster runs at a maximum resolution and framerate of 1080p and 30 FPS respectively, exclusively in 16:9 aspect ratio. Pre-rendered cutscenes are still in 480p and 4:3 ratio, with the blank space being filled by a blurred version of the cutscene.

Gameplay and cutscenes now feature voice acting in Japanese and English. The audio language can be swapped at any time or turned off.

A new Merciful difficulty was added as free DLC. This difficulty option was added to accommodate players who want to enjoy the story of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne but don't enjoy the difficulty of the game.[1] Compared to Normal, Merciful makes the following gameplay changes:

  • Enemy damage decreases by 0.5x.
  • Player damage increases by 2x.
  • Exp earned after battles increases by 3x.
  • Macca earned after battles increases by 5x.
  • Escape chance is 100%.
  • Player hit and evasion rate greatly increases.
  • Enemy encounter rate is lower.

Players can freely switch between difficulties during the game.

Players can suspend their session, allowing them to quit the game and resume their progress later without needing to save at a Terminal. The suspend save file is deleted after loading.

The number of save files was increased from 5 to 20.

Dante's skill, Son's Oath, now grants the Pierce effect, fixing the gameplay discrepancy between Dante and Raidou.

An update released on December 23, 2020, added the option to select skills during fusion. Additionally, the update simplified the skill rerolling process to being a single button press.

The French and German localizations have entirely been redone in order to be more accurate to the Japanese script. The HD Remaster also features brand new Italian and Spanish translations.

Numerous demon names in the English localization have been changed from the PlayStation 2 release:

PS2 HD Remaster
Mithra Mitra
Laksmi Lakshmi
Uzume Ame-no-Uzume
Beiji-Weng Beidou Xingjun
Wu Kong Qitian Dasheng
Bishamon Bishamonten
Jikoku Jikokuten
Mikazuchi Take-Mikazuchi
Koumoku Koumokuten
Zouchou Zouchouten
Minakata Take-Minakata
Feng Huang Zhuque
Kusi Mitama Kushi Mitama
Purski Pulukishi
Onkot Ongkhot
Karasu Karasu Tengu
Dis Dís
Koppa Koppa Tengu
Pyro Jack Jack-o'-Lantern
Raja Naga Naga Raja
Sparna Suparna
Ikusa Yomotsu-Ikusa
Shikome Yomotsu-Shikome
Tao Tie Taotie
Girimehkala Girimekhala
Fomor Fomorian
Rakshasa Vetala
Kurama Kurama Tengu
Long Qing Long
Gui Xian Xuanwu
Cai-Zhi Xiezhai
Gurr Gurulu
The Harlot Mother Harlot

Updates

Steam

Version Release Changes
Version 1.0.4
WWWorldwide February 23, 2022
  • Minor text fix
Version 1.0.3
WWWorldwide January 20, 2022
  • Fixed slowdown when using buff/debuffs
  • Fixed other minor issues
Version 1.0.2
WWWorldwide October 8, 2021
  • Improved lip sync
Version 1.0.1
WWWorldwide July 13, 2021
  • An issue with the camera position after enabling "Hide UI" during screen transitions has been resolved.
  • The button icon at the top-right of the CONFIG screen used for changing categories now updates properly based on assigned button mappings.
  • The order of settings for contrast has been adjusted.
  • An issue where DLC BGM may not take effect immediately after confirming settings has been resolved.
  • The sound effects for Daisoujou's actions when in the party have been added.
  • An incorrect ceiling texture used for an operating room in Shinjuku Medical Center has been replaced with the proper texture.
  • Family sharing is now enabled for the free DLC packages: Chronicle Pack and Merciful Difficulty.

Downloadable Content

HD Remaster received multiple sets of downloadable content upon its launch. The content differs slightly between versions of the game; the Steam version has both the "Chronicle Pack" and "Maniax Pack", which respectively add Raidou Kuzunoha XIV or Dante along with the Labyrinth of Amala and Fiend boss battles, as this version is based on the original release of Nocturne without the aforementioned additions. The Switch and PlayStation 4 versions are both based on the Chronicle Edition and so just have the "Maniax Pack" available. All versions of HD Remaster also received additional downloadable content packs that add brand new content to the game.

DLC Title Image Release Price Details Notes
Chronicle Pack
(Steam only)
Steam:
United States of America May 24, 2021
Free
Adds the Chronicle version of the game as a mode when starting a new game. This mode introduces Raidou Kuzunoha XIV as a character.
  • The Labyrinth of Amala and Fiend boss battles are also added in the Steam version.
Maniax Pack
Steam:
United States of America May 24, 2021

Switch:
United States of America May 21, 2021
$9.99 (NA)
Adds the Maniax version of the game as a mode when starting a new game. This mode introduces Dante from Devil May Cry 2 as a character.
  • The Labyrinth of Amala and Fiend boss battles are also added in the Steam version.
Merciful Difficulty
Steam:
United States of America May 24, 2021

Switch:
United States of America May 21, 2021
Free
Adds the easiest difficulty setting, "Merciful".
Mercy and Expectation Map Pack
Steam:
United States of America May 24, 2021

Switch:
United States of America May 21, 2021
$6.99 (NA)
Adds the "Little Master's Mercy" and "Master's Expectation" scenarios.
  • In "Little Master's Mercy", an extra dungeon called "Where the Demi-Fiend Was Born" is added where experience-giving items can be gained.
  • The "Master's Expectation" scenario adds the optional "Center of the Conception" dungeon, where high-price items can be gained.
Shin Megami Tensei BGM Pack
Steam:
United States of America May 24, 2021

Switch:
United States of America May 21, 2021
$7.99 (NA)
Adds selected background music from the Shin Megami Tensei series that plays during battle and while on the overworld map. Music is changed in the Config menu.

Music only changes while roaming and battling on the Vortex World's Overworld. The DLC includes the following songs:

Promotions

Special Edition

Beginning on May 21, 2021, a Digital Deluxe Edition of Shin Megami Tensei III: HD Remaster was made available, ahead of the game's worldwide Steam release on May 25. The Digital Deluxe Edition includes the base game and all available downloadable content packs. Purchasers who bought the edition on May 21 were also given a 4-day early access to the game.

Genjitsu Makaika Box

Released in Japan, Korea, and China, the Genjitsu Makaika Box was a physical limited edition package released on October 29, 2020.[2] The box set came with the following items:

  • Standard Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne: HD Remaster game (PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch).
  • Ayakashi Monthly book, featuring information on the world of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. 106 total pages.
  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster Piano Arrange + Rare Soundtrack. Two discs with a total of 37 songs. The first disc contains piano arrangements of popular Nocturne songs, the second disc has a selection of songs heard in-game.
  • One ceramic Amala Drum shaped incense burner, which plugs into a wall socket.
    • In the Korean and Chinese releases, this was replaced with a T-shirt with the designs of the Demi-fiend's tattoos printed on the front and back.
  • Slipcase styled after one of the game's item boxes.

Listings

Characters

Bosses

Demons

Skills

Items

Locations

Achievements

Credits

Development

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Nomenclature

Names in Other Languages
Language Name Meaning
English Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster
British English Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster
Japanese 真・女神転生III-NOCTURNE HD REMASTER True Goddess Reincarnation III: Nocturne HD Remaster
Simplified Chinese 真·女神转生III-NOCTURNE HD REMASTER True Goddess Reincarnation III: Nocturne HD Remaster

Traditional Chinese
真·女神轉生III-NOCTURNE HD REMASTER True Goddess Reincarnation III: Nocturne HD Remaster
Korean 진·여신전생3 NOCTURNE HD REMASTER True Goddess Reincarnation 3: Nocturne HD Remaster

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Trivia

  • The original Korean and Traditional Chinese releases of HD Remaster were based on the original version of the game, rather than the Chronicle editions. Though no official reason was given, the exclusion of the Chronicle content may have been done in order to avoid historical insensitivity involving Raidou Kuzunoha XIV; Raidou wears an outfit that resembles Japan's Taishō era military uniforms, which was an era of Japanese colonization in Korea and other areas of Asia. The only way for Korean or Chinese players to access the Chronicle content was to purchase the Maniax DLC featuring Dante.
    • On November 29, 2020, SEGA Asia announced that the Chronicle DLC would be released for the Traditional Chinese version of the game at some time in the near future.[3] The DLC was released on December 24, 2020, and was free for a limited time from December 24, 2020 to January 6, 2021.[4]
    • Despite eventually releasing in China, the Chronicle DLC has never been released in Korea.

References

  1. Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster: Director Interview. Published August 13 2020. Retrieved June 13, 2024. .
  2. 『真・女神転生III NOCTURNE HD REMASTER』限定版 現実魔界化BOXの内容をご紹介!. Published July 20, 2020. Retrieved June 13, 2024. .
  3. "繁體中文版『真・女神轉生Ⅲ NOCTURNE HD REMASTER』決定發布追加DLC「CHRONICLE PACK」!詳細的發布日期將於日後公開。為了能盡早為玩家們提供本DLC,目前開發團隊正在努力開發中,敬請稍加等候。" Translation: "Traditional Chinese version of "Shin Megami Tensei III NOCTURNE HD REMASTER" It has been decided to release the additional DLC "CHRONICLE PACK"! The detailed release date will be announced at a later date. In order to provide players with this DLC as soon as possible, the development team is currently working hard to develop it, so please wait for a while." SEGA Asia, Facebook Post. Published November 29, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2024. .
  4. "繁體中文版『真・女神轉生Ⅲ NOCTURNE HD REMASTER』追加DLC「CHRONICLE PACK」決定於12/24(四)發布。另決定舉辦為期2星期的免費下載活動:2020年12月24日(四)~2021年1月6日(三)為止" Translation: "Traditional Chinese version of "Shin Megami Tensei III NOCTURNE HD REMASTER" The additional DLC "CHRONICLE PACK" will be released on December 24 (Thursday). It has also been decided to hold a 2-week free download event: December 24, 2020 (Thursday) to January 6, 2021 (Wednesday)" SEGA Asia, Facebook Post. Published December 15, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2024. .

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