I'm surprised people don't realize Satan is one of the Three Beasts of Revelations. Apocalypse being the first game to have the three together. I figured it out the moment I saw it.
I think a lot of people did realize that the new Satan is a Revelation reference. Just too bad the game doesn’t do anything with that confluence! (Though I don’t know who the second beast would be. Master Therion? That’s just Crowley!)
Anyway, to combine multiple asks about SMT4F’s Satan into one, here’s why I don’t think the design of this Satan really works within the context of the game:
1. The Revelation look doesn’t serve a Satan that acts as YHVH’s judge. That’s like putting Darth Vader’s charred corpse from the end of Return of the Jedi into an Episode I podracer. But, as you’ll see in Doi’s comments, he was fixated on the Revelation idea so it’s what we were getting no matter what.
WHY IS SATAN SUMMONED WITH AN UPRIGHT PENTAGRAM??? Someone on the team with authority surely had to approve all of these decisions, ones that showcase a real lack of understanding the material. Familiarity, yes. But, as shown, that’s apparently not enough.
2. It looks more like a persona than a demon. Not only does Satan have the classic Soejima peg legs, Satan’s central head is–you guessed it–”masked,” in that it lacks most facial features.
It’s not a terrible design, but it’s a bit of a disappointment on a couple different levels.