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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Etrian Odyssey
A busy day at Atlus HQ! In one email, the company has revealed several highly anticipated titles. In addition to word that they will be localizing Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, the studio also revealed that they are bringing over Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux. Etrian Odyssey V is set to release later this year, and will continue the series tradition of map making, party maximizing, and first-person dungeon crawling. Scenarios will also require making important decisions at key points. Radiant Historia is launching later, in 2018, and is an enhanced port of the 2011 DS original. The time-traveling adventure is being expanded with a third timeline with episodic what-if scenarios, options to play added content during or after the original story, and revamped presentation (new character art, voice overs, music, and intro). Also set for a 2018 release is Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux. This updated port will add extra endings, more story content with a new character, a new dungeon, interface tweaks, and updated graphics. Trailers and screenshots for all can be found below.
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold is now in stores, online for 3DS. The latest retelling of the original trilogy, following 2013’s The Millennium Girl, also comes with free downloadable content. Several batches are slated for release, and today’s is a mix of permanently free, free for a limited time, and for-pay. Free from here on out, Yggdrasil Veteran includes a set of character portraits from the original Etrian Odyssey 2. Free until August 10 is Highlander’s Return, which brings over the Highlander class introduced in Millennium Girl into both Story and Classic. Also free until August 10 is Hidden Hot Springs!, a new quest in the third Stratum that includes unlockable portraits for Arianna and Chloe. The lone for-pay download, the $1.99 Wanted: Golden Sprout, is an easy quest to track down rare sprouts in order to create dishes that lead to premium Grimoire stones. Check out the launch trailer below.
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold hits stores and online outlets next week, and today marks the final character reveal for Chloe, the party’s War Magus. As the resident mage, Chloe will be the first to summon when in need of health, resurrection, or debuffs. Her abilities work well with other storyline characters, as well as those the player can recruit when going through the game in classic mode. She is a touch brusque, though. Her trailer can be found below, along with another video that describes how the old town-improvement mechanic works with the new ability to set up advertising campaigns for the local eatery.
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Flavio, the party’s Survivalist in story mode, is featured in a new character trailer. As the resident archer, he can inflict status debuffs from afar, utilize a Flank Shot to hit multiple enemies at once, and access such debilitating skills as Trick Step, to lower an enemy’s hit rate, and buffs like Chain Dance, which raises his target and evade rate.
Atlus has decided to announce the August 4 release date of Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight with a trailer about … cooking. Even the stoutest of adventurers enjoys settling down for a nice roast or piece of pie after a day in the wilds. Once players suss out the various half-deciphered recipes scattered throughout the world, and gather the necessary ingredients, they will be able to order the buff-providing dishes at the local eatery in both story and classic mode.
Atlus has released a new trailer focusing on the story mode from Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold. The video showcases one of mode’s five characters, Arianna, the Princess of Caledonia. As a practitioner of a Sovereign-type class, she has access to buffs and other support skills, including passive healing. Three themes were also announced, with each, Story, Classic, and Café, running .99 and set to release weekly starting July 14. GameStop is also offering a free Story theme as a pre-order bonus.
Atlus has released a sample of the staff book that’s being packed in with first-run copies of Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight. The book features a number of pieces created during production, such as concept sketches and character backgrounds, along with descriptions from lead designer Yuji Himukai. QR codes will also be included, which will unlock items to help beginners get started on their adventure.
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.
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.