by Joseph Leray
Spurred by strong sales of "Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan," Atlus announced back during the halcyon days of E3 that they were remaking the original "Etrian Odyssey" to provide curious players with a somewhat gentler entry point into the infamously difficult first-person cartography RPG.
Today, we know that "Etrian Odysssey Untold: The Millennium Girl" will be in retail stores and the Nintendo 3DS eShop on October 1, for $39.99.
"Millennium Girl" is actually two games in one: "Classic" mode is the original "Etrian Odyssey," gussied up for those new-fangled 3D graphics, with a few new dungeon layouts here and there.
"Story mode," however, features a set of pre-made characters, each with dialogue and voice acting, to guide through the Yggdrasil Tree in search of a mysterious girl named Frederica. That might not sound like much to you, but until now, "Etrian Odyssey" has subsisted on the most bare-hones of plots, each player-created character a nameless, voiceless avatar of turn-based destruction.
Both modes will have access to new difficulty modes and the new Grimoire system, which lets players mix and match spells and abilities from different classes to customize their characters.
"Etrian Odyssey: The Millennium Girl" will be available on October 1 and is currently available for pre-order.
Joseph Leray is a freelance writer from Nashville. Follow him on Twitter