One of the staff members in Japan, who happened to be a big fan of the DMC series,
came up with the idea of including “Dante” from Capcom’s in an upcoming “SMT” game.
At first I thought it was a crazy idea, but realized that Dante is a “devil hunter”
and this might actually work out and presented the “Nocturne” game concept to
Before we presented the idea, we created a movie with Dante in it, so that Capcom
would have a better understanding of how we would like to incorporate Dante in our
game. The movies is the scene where Dante jumps off of a building and lands behind
the main character with guns drawn. We used strategy guides and other reference
materials to create the movie. It turned out great and we were confident that Capcom
would like it. Just as we thought, they loved it and the rest is history.
What does Shin Megami Tensei mean?
Shin Megami Tensei (pronounced "shin MEH-gah-mee TEN-say") is a Japanese phrase that
translates as "True Goddess Metempsychosis". An unusual piece of philosophical
jargon, "metempsychosis" refers specifically to the unending process of birth,
death, and rebirth that is of central importance to the Buddhist religious
tradition. Even deities are slaves to the cycle of metempsychosis in Buddhist
thought, and this belief features prominently in the plotlines of the various Shin
Megami Tensei games. Who exactly the titular "goddess" is supposed to be is usually
left up to the player. Each SMT game features a female character that the title
could be referring to, or it could be taken as a reference to radical
transformations that Japan itself experiences during the course of a game.