by Joseph Leray
Today Atlus announced that "Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millenium Girl" would be making its way stateside some time this fall. It is, unfortunately, not a Lena Dunham-penned comedy-drama about a group of landsknechts and alchemists trying to figure out where DUMBO is. "Millenium Girl" is, however, a remake of the 2007 DS title that launched the entire "Etrian Odyssey" franchise.
The North American announcement brings new details on the new modes, mechanics, and cut scenes coming to Atlus' seminal cartographic dungeon-crawler.
"Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millenium Girl" contains two different, updated versions of the original "Etrian Odyssey." "Classic" mode features updated 3D graphics and new dungeon layouts but is more-or-less unchanged from its original incarnation from six years back: create a party, make maps, avoid F.O.E.s.
"Story mode," however, is a first for the series. "Millenium Girl"'s predecessors were pretty stripped down: the protagonist and his companions were all player-created, with only the most rudimentary narrative structure to catalyze the players' various forays underneath the Yggdrasil Tree. Story mode includes a party of pre-made characters -- each with dialog and voice acting -- to help players solve mysteries and find a secretive girl named Frederica.
Madhouse, the noted animation studio that Atlus tapped for "Persona 4 Golden" and "Persona 4 Arena," is on call again to provide story-based cutscenes for the new mode, as well.
Both modes will have new difficulty levels -- "Picnic" and "Standard" for novices, "Expert" for vets -- and the new Grimoire Stone system. The job system is fairly rigid in most "EO" games, but "Millenium Girl" players will be able to mix-and-match classes and skills to create hybrid parties to better meet their needs and play styles.
"'Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millenium Girl' is so much more than a remake," said Tim Pivnicny, vice president of sales and marketing at Index Digital Media, Atlus' parent company. "The Atlus team went above and beyond to create a full-length story mode that really explores the world of Etria. The updated gameplay conveniences from 'Etrian Odyssey IV' make the game approachable for new players, while the added voices, 3D graphics and new gameplay systems continue to push the series forward."
Seasoned spelunkers and newcomers looking for a softer entry into the famously difficult series can expect a simultaneous release on the 3DS eShop and brick-and-mortar stores later this fall, according to Atlus.