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How Atlus maintained the greatness of the franchise for almost 22 years.

October 30th is three months away, and for most people that day just may be another day, but to Atlus fans like me, it's a day to be happy about. After all, by then Shin Megami Tensei just turned 22.

The Legacy
SMT as a franchise has always been ahead of it's time, and Atlus has always pulled that off due to never putting a compromise on the quality of the franchise, We've seen Final Fantasy being reduced from an RPG to a spectacle fighter due to how Square Enix is mismanaging the franchise(which gets even worse as years go by seeing as they've even planned sequels such as Lightning returns), even the Final Fantasy Tactics franchise is currently under threat of going through the path of All the Bravest when it was the last branch of FF that actually focused on quality storytelling. We've also seen how Pokemon never changed except for the how the amount increases per generation while there's zero progress on the story(At least the manga is trying to offer a solid storyline to the franchise, but that's the manga) at all. Atlus held true to the SMT franchise for almost 22 years now, doing it's source material(Both Megami Tensei and Teito Monogatari) justice while getting better with every release while it's rivals fail to hold on to the very things that made their franchises good as years go by.

SMT has stayed great for all these years mainly due to the fact that Atlus has stayed loyal, loyal to the source material(to the Megami Tensei, Digital Devil Saga and Teito Monogatari series), and the loyalty that matters the most, loyalty to their fans. We've seen other rival franchises stumble due to how they try to "broaden"� their playerbase, losing sight and betraying the very fans that raised it up. Don't get me wrong, Atlus also tries to do that(hence the Persona 3, Persona 4, Devil Survivor series, Raidou Kuzunoha and Catherine) but they've done so without sacrificing the enjoyment of their main audience, the existence of the the reprint of SMT: Nocturne(a game that has aged gracefully for the past 9 years) and Digital Devil Saga, SMT: Strange Journey, and the latest installment of the franchise, SMT IV, is a testament to this. I end my note saying that if there's ever a Japanese RPG video game company I'd stay faithful to till the very end, it's Atlus. Atlus never compromised the quality of their works, if they made a game for a console, they'd always give it their all, hell, if the effort they placed on Jack Bros. for the Virtual Boy didn't convince you, I don't know what will. Atlus, Shine on you crazy diamond.
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About HoboWithALaptopone of us since 11:55 PM on 04.04.2013

The name is self-explanatory, simply a hobo with a laptop