March 3rd marks the second anniversary of the worldwide release of the Nintendo Switch. One of the most notable things about the Switch's library is how few of the games have been delayed, with only Dark Souls Remastered and Metroid Prime 4 facing any kind of significant change to their release.
There was an event to promote the release of the Nintendo Switch in 2017 that included footage of several games that were in development. All of the major games that were revealed have been released, including Arms, Octopath Traveler, and Super Mario Odyssey.
There is, however, one notable game that was revealed during the initial Nintendo Switch event that has yet to be released, and we still know almost nothing about it. That game is Shin Megami Tensei V, and it promises to be one of the biggest RPGs on the Switch... if it ever gets released.
The game we know of as Shin Megami Tensei V was originally referred to as "Shin Megami Tensei: Brand New Title," and the original trailer mostly consisted of familiar images of the demons from the series. A second trailer was released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Megami Tensei series, which officially rechristened it as Shin Megami Tensei V and showed footage of present-day Tokyo and people being savaged by demons.
The bulk of the information we have received about Shin Megami Tensei V since then has come from interviews in Famitsu magazine. One interview (via. Siliconera) confirmed that the game is still in development and was of a grand enough scale to be considered worthy of being a main entry in the series. There was also word of a possible remake of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.
The last official word on Shin Megami Tensei V came in the form of a quote that appeared in Famitsu (via. Siliconera), in which the director apologized for the lack of the news and asked the fans to wait a little longer for an update.
The Shin Megami Tensei series has gone from being a cult hit in the West (thanks to the Persona spinoff series) to outstripping the likes of Dragon Quest in terms of popularity. Atlus gave the Nintendo 3DS a lot of love in terms of Shin Megami Tensei games, but the Switch is sorely lacking when it comes to demon-summoning action.
There are rumors that an updated port of Persona 5 is coming to the Nintendo Switch, which may help tide the Shin Megami Tensei fans over for a while, but the lack of any concrete information about Shin Megami Tensei V over the past two years is odd.
The interviews with the production staff of Shin Megami Tensei V have repeatedly referenced the fact that the game is being developed using the Unreal Engine 4 and the challenges that it poses due to how the team has never used it before. It's possible that Shin Megami Tensei V's delay might be related to teething issues involving the use of new software.
The fact that almost every game announced for the Nintendo Switch have been released without delays is an impressive feat, yet Shin Megami Tensei V is one of the few that is still keeping us waiting. We can only hope that the game will avoid the same issues that have plagued Metroid Prime 4, and that we will see a release before the end of 2020.