by Joseph Leray
Depending on how rigid your spoiler-sense is, you may be interested to see the opening cinematic for "Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millennium Girl," the Atlus-published remaster of the 2007 DS game that launched the series.
In addition to some new gameplay mechanics -- notably the Grimoire Stone system which lets players create hybrid character classes -- "Millennium Girl" is sporting brand new animated cutscenes, courtesy of anime studio Madhouse.
The game's opening is embedded above, and its structure kind of reminds me of any number of mid-90s cartoon action shows: it introduces the characters and climaxes with a fight against a giant monster that showcases the Power of Friendship, all set to a cheesily uplifting rock score.
Joke's on you, though -- cheery intro notwithstanding, the "Etrian Odyssey" is famously, brutally difficult, and those sick riffs won't save your doomed party when F.O.E.s come sniffing around. Thankfully, "Millenium Girl" includes several different difficulty settings to ease you into the cavernous Yggdrasil Tree at your own pace.
In other "Millennium Girl" news, Atlus has announced a series of pre-order bonuses to entice early adopters. The "Etrian Untold, Unseen, Unheard" version of the game includes a soundtrack featuring a live version of the opening theme composed by Yuzo Koshiro, as well as a design book containing character art and comics (pictured below).
Anybody who follows Atlus should be well familiar with their pre-order bundles by now -- those guys are the kings of first-run soundtracks and art books. Pre-orders for "Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millennium Girl" are now open for the standard $39.99, and the game will be out on October 1.
Joseph Leray is a freelance writer from Nashville. Follow him on Twitter