Demonschool is a Persona-like tactical RPG about fast, frantic combat

  • November 21, 2022

My time at university was a mixture of wasted lectures and too many nights out, but at least I can say I didn’t have to fight shrieking monsters or risk getting dragged into a demonic realm. Though perhaps that would’ve been preferable given how slickly entertaining Demonschool (opens in new tab) makes it. 

The game streamlines the combat of tactics RPGs and wraps it up in a story of students navigating the perils (supernatural or otherwise) of university life. Speaking with Creative Director Brandon Sheffield, it’s clear that it’s a game with a wealth of influence. “People compare it to Persona, Shin Megami Tensei and stuff… there was like Devil Survivor which was an SMT game, that was influential, a little bit with the relationship system… but the influences were much further flung and more from the cinematic and music sides. So it’s great that this grab bag of things I like has come together into something that people actually wanna look at.”

You play as Faye, who comes from a family of the last demon hunters, which essentially makes her a Belmont. Basically, she just loves to punch things and that makes her a girl after my own heart. Faye has begun university on a mysterious island along with a party of friends. Together they’ll need to balance the demands of higher education with the danger of higher powers.


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Cue possessed students, mysterious memory loss and…Yakuza?

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