Shortly after Shin Megami Tensei V was officially announced on October 23, 2017, Atlus registered the domain name “MEGATEN5.JP”. As a counterpart to “MEGATEN4.JP” which was used for Shin Megami Tensei IV, the newly registered domain name was assumed to eventually be used for SMT V.
The “MEGATEN5.JP” domain has been updated for the first time since October 2017 as of July 21, 2020.
This domain had previously been updated for renewal purposes in October 2018 and October 2019. What this recent update consists of is that “MEGATEN5.JP”, previously held for squatting purposes on Onamae (a Japanese domain registrar) name servers as a landing page, has been moved to Atlus name servers through Amazon Web Services.
Additionally, an HTTPS certificate has been purchased for the website as of July 20, 2020, and it is valid until August 21, 2021. This further indicates that the domain is planned to be of public use soon.
The website currently returns an HTTP 404 Not Found status, with no requested resource to be found as of yet.
Possible Meaning of the Update
This update comes in the wake of yesterday’s news about Shin Megami Tensei V and its simultaneous worldwide release in 2021. An official webpage for SMT V was opened, with the URL “shin-megamitensei.jp/sin5/“, with the larger domain for the series registered in 2001.
It is unclear whether “MEGATEN5.JP” will eventually redirect to the currently active SMT V website, or if it will eventually become the standalone website for the RPG. As the website is being configured, it is more likely that its purpose would be for a standalone website instead of for a simple redirect.
If this update were to manifest into something notable anytime soon, it could potentially be targeted for the Shin Megami Tensei III HD Remaster release announcement celebration live stream, set to take place on July 23rd.
Previous Domain Name Examples
In previous cases regarding Atlus domain names, an update like this has signified incoming news in a short time frame. However, I would speculate that this case is different than those examples, as the handling of the “MEGATEN5.JP” domain differs substantially, and the domain update was made after the recent announcement and not before.
That being said, the following are examples of recent Atlus related domain names which had their reveals shortly after their name server changes:
“PQ2.JP” was registered on April 18, 2017 and its name servers were moved on July 27, 2017. The game was formally announced 6 days later, at the “Persona Super Live P-Sound Bomb!!!! 2017” concert on August 2, 2017.
“PERSONA-DANCE.JP” was registered on April 18, 2017 and its name servers were moved on July 28, 2017. The games were formally announced 5 days later, at the “Persona Super Live P-Sound Bomb!!!! 2017” concert on August 2, 2017.
“FULLBODY.JP” was registered on October 31, 2017 and its name servers were moved on December 11, 2017. The game was formally announced 8 days later independently.
“P5R.JP” was registered on April 11, 2017 and its name servers were moved on December 25, 2018. The game was formally teased as “P5R” 5 days later on December 30th at the end of the “Dark Sun…” Persona 5 the Animation special broadcast.