New MONARK Trailer Introduces Adversaries, Reveals Western Release Date

Upcoming RPG MONARK has received a new Adversaries trailer, which previews foes like student council president Kurama Hitotsubashi, Subaru Ikariya, Hayate Tsumabuki, Akane Tono, Sumire Tono, and Yoru. The trailer also reveals the game’s western and Steam release date, which is February 22, 2022.

An Allies trailer was previously released in September.

MONARK is described as a “new school RPG” and features the involvement of former Shin Megami Tensei developers. The game will first release in Japan on October 14 on PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch. Japan previously received a demo for the game via the PlayStation Store and the Nintendo Store earlier this month.

Steam describes the RPG as:

Your world is plunged into madness when the mysterious and deadly Mist surrounds Shin Mikado Academy. In order to save your friends, you enter the Otherworld, a Daemon-filled dimension beyond the real world. Within this enigmatic realm, you must learn to harness your Authority of Vanity and conjure a battalion of Fiends, whose power comes from the Ego of their master.

Develop your Ego through various psychological tests to enhance the power of your Fiends, and lead your forces into battle to fight with and against the seven “Pactbearers” that are corrupting the academy. Embrace the power of your madness to gain strength, but take care not to delve too far, lest you risk losing yourself. Fellow students and instructors will lend you their aid in your quest to resolve the anomalies throughout the campus.

MONARK‘s staff includes Fuyuki Hayashi (Crystar director) and Ryūtarō Itō (Shin Megami Tensei planning) as scenario writers, Kazunari Suzuki (Shin Megami Tensei scenario writer et al.) and Aya Nishitani (Digital Devil Story author) as “Director and Collaborator,” so-bin (Overlord illustrator) as character designer, and Tsukasa Masuko (Shin Megami Tensei composer) as background music composer. KAF is performing the game’s theme song, “Nihil.”

Source: NIS America YouTube channel

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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