In a recent interview with IGN Japan at Tokyo Games Show 2020 Online, Shin Megami Tensei series director Kazuyuki Yamai discussed Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster Merciful Mode, a new game mode that will be available as DLC post-launch. Since the Atlus fan base has widely expanded in recent years thanks in part to the success of Persona, Yamai and his team felt it was important to meet elevated expectations and create a mode in SMT3 that anyone could pick up and play, not just series loyalists.
This is where Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster Merciful Mode comes in. How precisely it will work hasn’t been detailed, but it sounds like a casual difficulty setting that will defang the brutal difficulty of the original game. This will allow players to enjoy the story more easily and see the different endings faster.
This new mode is the culmination of feedback that Atlus has been collecting over the last few years. Yamai explained that the company seeks feedback from players every year, which Atlus absorbs, and Merciful Mode and a number of other changes in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster are the results. Dialogue been additionally changed in certain places, and almost every character and spirit is now voiced.
When it does come out early next year, Yamai hopes that it appeals to everyone and said that, with the world the way it is now, the story might “feel even more relatable.”
It has been previously reported that the Merciful Mode DLC in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster will be free, but this was not reiterated by IGN.