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Did you think shin megami tensei was the only rpg with religious themes?

Think again......

I would like to give a brief history about one of Flightplan's (one of my favorite devs ever) best series, Black Matrix.

Black/Matrix is a series of tactical role-playing games developed by Flight Plan and published by Interchannel. All titles in the series are Japan-exclusive.

Each installment in the series combines standard tactical RPG gameplay with a pastiche of Judeo-Christian religious themes, particularly concerning the nature of good and evil and the interplay between Heaven, Hell, and Earth and the denizens thereof. One title was considered for North American release in 1999,and it is believed that it was eventually passed over due to its religion-derived themes.

The original Black/Matrix title was released August 27, 1998 for the Sega Saturn console in Japan. There were two subsequent remake releases that add more detailed graphics and additional content: Black/Matrix AD (Advanced) for Dreamcast was released in 1999, and Black/Matrix + (Cross) for PlayStation was released in 2000.

Black/Matrix II was released March 28, 2002 for the PlayStation 2. The game is set primarily in the 'Hell Realm' and centers on a group of elite devils fighting to repulse an invasion of their realm by angels and humans.

Black Matrix Zero was released August 30, 2002 for the Game Boy Advance. The concept for this game was adapted into Black/Matrix 00, which was released May 13, 2004 on the PlayStation. Ignoring re-releases, this was the last game released in Japan for PS1.

All in all, there were 3 main titles, Black matrix 1,2,Zero/00

Black Matrix 1 Pictures

Black Matrix 2 Pictures

Black Matrix Zero

Alot of you were probably unaware, of this series before, I hope it makes you take a look.

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