Rumor: Shin Megami Tensei V ‘Complete Edition’ announcement teased by notable Chinese leaker
Jul 15, 2023
Diandong Langke Lu Xun, a user on the Chinese forum A9VG known for their cryptic, PlayStation [43,247 articles]" href="https://www.gematsu.com/platforms/playstation">PlayStation-related leaks, teased the upcoming announcement of a Shin Megami Tensei V [240 articles]" href="https://www.gematsu.com/games/shin-megami-tensei-v">Shin Megami Tensei V “Complete Edition” in a June 16 post.
Xun has previously correctly teased several announcements, including the announcement of Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon [9 articles]" href="https://www.gematsu.com/games/armored-core-vi-fires-of-rubicon">Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon‘s release date (via); the announcement of Hayarigami 1-2-3 Pack [1 article]" href="https://www.gematsu.com/games/hayarigami-1-2-3-pack">Hayarigami 1-2-3 Pack (via); the release date of “New Game+” for God of War Ragnarok [20 articles]" href="https://www.gematsu.com/games/god-of-war-ragnarok">God of War Ragnarok (via); the announcement of Monster Hunter Rise [79 articles]" href="https://www.gematsu.com/games/monster-hunter-rise">Monster Hunter Rise for PlayStation, Xbox [22,763 articles]" href="https://www.gematsu.com/platforms/xbox">Xbox, and Windows (via); the release date of Final Fantasy XVI [39 articles]" href="https://www.gematsu.com/games/final-fantasy-xvi">Final Fantasy XVI‘s “Ambition” trailer (via); the date of Silent Hill Transmission (via); and many more.
On June 16, Xun posted a GIF containing the following two frames:
The image itself is from the Shin Megami Tensei Online Live 2021: Ongaku no Kotowari concert held back in March 2021.
The map in the first frame is taken directly from Shin Megami Tensei V:
The red text covering the screen in the second frame reads “Complete Edition” in Japanese, in the style of the “Sugu ni Kese” (“Turn It Off Now”) “glitch” of the original Shin Megami Tensei.
The bottom left corner of the photograph features a cutout of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking added to the concert stage. The Shin Megami Tensei series has a recurring character named Stephen, who is heavily based off Hawking and was notably absent from Shin Megami Tensei V.
Finally, Xun is known for hiding dates in the dimensions of the images they post. The dimensions of the image posted on June 16 is 701×426. July 1, or “701,” is also the start of Anime [308 articles]" href="https://www.gematsu.com/platforms/anime">Anime Expo 2023, as well as the date of the “ ATLUS [1,923 articles]" href="https://www.gematsu.com/companies/atlus">ATLUS / SEGA [2,523 articles]" href="https://www.gematsu.com/companies/sega">SEGA Presents: Shin Megami Tensei 30th Live: Band of Shadows” concert. While ATLUS has said not to expect any major announcements at the concert, this does not rule out an announcement before the concert.
When everything is put together, Xun appears to be teasing the announcement of a Shin Megami Tensei V “Complete Edition.”