Update (2018-01-18): The sell sheet for the Western release of the game has been released, confirming that Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux will not have an English dub, and it will only have Japanese voices.
Atlus USA and Deep Silver have announced that Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux for Nintendo 3DS will release in North America on May 15th, 2018, and in Europe on May 18th, 2018.
A press release by Deep Silver states that the game will include an English dub, as opposed to the previously announced Japanese-only voices, however the Atlus USA press release makes no mention of this change.
The North America box art for the game differs from the Japanese box art, with the new character Alex at the top of the artwork having lost her gun. Japanese box art:
This is likely due to a discouraged depiction of violence from the ESRB guidelines that publishers should avoid:
Graphic and/or excessive depictions of violence
For example: Repeated blows or gun shots inflicted upon people/creatures, violent blows to the head, guns/weapons pointed at head, impaling, exploding body parts, guns/weapons pointed toward reader/audience, depictions of fatal injuries and/or suicide, strangulation/choking, inflicting wounds with swords/knives, kicks to the groin
Press Release Statement
IRVINE, Calif. – Jan. 17, 2018 – Calling all United Nations soldiers, a spatial distortion is expected to appear in Antarctica on May 15 when Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux releases for $39.99 (with commensurate European pricing) for Nintendo 3DS™! Featuring additional story content, new illustrations by Masayuki Doi, and a brand-new character, Alex, Strange Journey Redux is an ATLUS JRPG adventure fans of the series won’t want to miss!
A spatial distortion full of demons appeared in Antarctica, threatening to engulf the Earth in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. The United Nations responded by tasking a team of highly advanced specialists with piercing the anomaly and figuring out how to stop it from the source. Well, get ready to don your Demonica once again in this new, expanded port. Expect new story content, additional endings, a new dungeon to explore, and more in the return of this sci-fi tinged SMT adventure.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux features:
- A Stranger Journey Back – In Strange Journey Redux, you play as a brave United Nations soldier investigating a spatial anomaly called the Schwarzwelt–a dome of dark energy that threatens to consume the world. Inside, you’ll find it home to a nightmare mirror of our own Earth, populated with demons dying to meet you. The game touts brand-new illustrations by Masayuki Doi, updated visuals, UI tweaks, and more to make this journey back into the Schwarzwelt … even stranger.
- Additional Story Content and a Brand-new Character – You won’t be retreading the same nightmarish path as before because a brand-new character named Alex will play a major role in how the story unfolds. Much about her is a mystery, but there is one thing you know for sure: she’s got a bone to pick with you. Joining her are new demons you might recognize from other SMT entries, new endings, and a new dungeon to discover.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux was released for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan,on October 26, 2017.