Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Dungeon Crawler

The Bard’s Tale to celebrate 30 years with Kickstarter for fourth entry

The Bards Tale IV (PC) Kickstarter Announcement - Header

inXile is looking to bring back The Bard’s Tale. The studio plans on using the series’ 30th anniversary, June 2, to launch a Kickstarter campaign for The Bard’s Tale IV. The fourth entry will once again be a dungeon crawler set in Skara Brae, and unlike the previous reboot, feature the same labyrinthine dungeons, puzzles, and riddles as the original trilogy. The studio also noted that, as they own the rights to the series, the game will be “rich with callbacks and old favorites such as teleporter zones and magic mouths.” The game will be powered by the Unreal 4 engine, include music inspired and played by Gaelic musicians, and utilize a dynamic phased-based combat system. A teaser shot was also released and is viewable below.

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Calender to be bundled with launch copies of Dungeon Travelers 2

Dungeon Travelers 2 The Royal Library and the Monster Seal (3DS) Caldendar Announcement - Art 1

Atlus has revealed the bonus they will be including with pre-order and first-print copies of Dungeon Travelers 2. Early buyers will also receive The Ladies of Dungeon Travelers 2 2015-2016 Calendar, a 17-month calendar featuring the cast. For those curious, Atlus also cleared up what can be expected: “and just like the game, you can go ahead and assume that the calendar is rated M as well.”

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Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight gets Classic Mode trailer

Atlus has released a new video showcasing Classic Mode from Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold. Classic follows the series’ traditional formula, with players capable of selecting their own party members, accessing all character-customization options, and tackling dungeons without cutscenes. Untold also features redesigned dungeon layouts and an optional orchestral score.

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Atlus to bring PS Vita RPG Dungeon Travelers 2 stateside shortly

Atlus will be bringing a new role-playing game to the PS Vita this summer, Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal. The PSTV-compatible dungeon crawler will follow Royal Library apprentice Fried as he finds and recruits a band of female adventurers to assist him in stopping a monster uprising in the outlands of Romulea. The game will feature a first-person perspective and turn-based combat as well as five classes, a sub-class system, 16 recruitable characters, and unique sub-events for all party members.

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The Fafnir Knight highlighted in new Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold trailer

Etrian Mystery Dungeon was just released two days ago and Atlus is already well underway in preparing Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold for release in North America. To get everyone up to speed before its summer launch, the studio has posted a new video focusing on the protagonist, the Fafnir Knight. As the bodyguard of Princess Arianna, he will not only use sword and shield to protect her life but also the power of the Fafnir to transform into a demonic version of himself to access new, more powerful skills.

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Etrian Mystery Dungeon grabs its kit and heads out to retail, eShop

After weeks of class reveals, Atlus has released the adventurers of Etrian Mystery Dungeon to set out on their labyrinth-filled journey. The action-heavy dungeon crawler is a combination of two different styles, with the class and progression systems of Etrian Odyssey and the perspective and combat of Mystery Dungeon. Players must take a four-party band into randomly generating dungeons in order to find out what’s behind the recent increase in monster attacks. Also available today are five downloadable items that are free until May 7 as well as a .99 3DS theme. As a reminder, all launch copies come packed with a soundtrack sampler with six rough cuts, a 28-page art-and-info booklet, and a slip cover.

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(Nintendo 3DS Review) Etrian Mystery Dungeon

(Nintendo 3DS Review) Etrian Mystery Dungeon

“… an interesting mixture of styles that sees the game lose the series’ traditional sense of discovery and exploration but gain a new, fast-paced combat system. ”

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3DS Reviews

Atlus releases final, full trailer for Etrian Mystery Dungeon

A week out from release and Atlus has released the final trailer for Etrian Mystery Dungeon. It’s a quick video that gives a brief overview of the town and dungeons. But for those wanting to see more, or to catch up on recent announcements, check out the trailer and screenshot combos for the various classes: Dancer, Gunner, Hexer, Landsknecht, Medic, Ninja, Protector, Runemaster, Sovereign, and Wanderer. A premium 3DS theme was also released on eShop today for $0.99, and can be seen in action here.

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Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight first-run goodies revealed

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Atlus has detailed the extras they’ll be including with the first-run copies of Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight. As with their previous titles, pre-order-ers and early buyers will receive a few bonuses with the early copies, and while the items follow a familiar trend, there are a few tweaks. The set will include a 22-page art book, with concept art, character bios, and QR codes for Grimoire Stones aimed at beginners; a Rough Sketch soundtrack, which will feature early versions of the game’s music, instead of a few cuts from the final soundtrack, along with a forward by series composer Yuzo Koshiro and the game’s director Shigeo Komori; a mini-comic; and a slip-cover outer box.

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Etrian Mystery Dungeon free and for-pay DLC detailed, media released

Atlus has more in store for Etrian Mystery Dungeon than another character reveal with news about upcoming free and for-pay DLC. From release date until May 5, buyers will be able to download five new quests for free, with each requiring that players track down missing adventurers. After May 5, the quests will cost either $1.49 or $1.99. Details for each are available below. A paid theme will also be available on March 31; the $0.99 download, demonstrated here, will feature scrolling 3D and hand-drawn character art, custom folders, and the theme song. And of course, a new trailer was released along with new screenshots for the latest class reveal, the Wanderer. These sword-wielders are experts at attacking animals, clearing paths, and escaping dungeons, capable of getting the party to safety without sacrificing their items.

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