Introducing The Explorers In New Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Maiden

By Sato . April 3, 2013 . 1:33am


Atlus have shared some new info and a first look at characters from their upcoming Nintendo 3DS dungeon crawler, New Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Maiden.


We recently reported that the newest installment to the Etrian Odyssey will be seeing some significant changes to the series.


Here’s a closer look at the characters of New Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Maiden:





He is the main character you’ll be playing as in New Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Maiden. The Hero is a highlander who has been requested by the council of elders.


Frederica Irving



The Hero first meets the amnesiac Frederica at a mysterious ruin. Due to her lack of having any memories, she is often cautious around other people. She’s a rather kind-hearted girl who acts her age.


Simon Yorke



Simon is the leader of the expedition group dispatched by the Mizgarz library. He shares a common goal with the Hero, which is to solve the mystery behind the ruin. He’s a very well-informed character who seems to know a lot about ancient civilizations and the monsters dwelling in the labyrinth. His calm and capable nature works goes hand in hand with his role as a medic.


Racoona Sheldon



Racoona is the paladin that guards the expadition group of Mizgarz. She is of a noble background, but she is a very open-hearted character who does not give much importance to things such as glory. However, she has a very strong sense of justice. She seems to be easily distracted when there’s something delicious in front of her.


Arthur Charles



A member of the Mizgarz expedition group. Arthur is a young alchemist who uses various attributed attacks. His thoughts aren’t often the most profound and he tends to speak his mind arrogantly. He shows tremendous trust in the expedition leader, Simon.


New Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Maiden is slated to be released on June 27th for Nintendo 3DS.

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  • Detrimont

    Wait… there’s actually a main character in this one!?!

    • From what I heard, this is apparently a remake of the first game with a dedicated story and cast.

      • Detrimont

        that makes sense
        (on another note, i dont get why i’ve been downvoted, there hasnt been a main character in any of the other games, so my supprise makes sense)

        • Just try to ignore the downvotes; I certainly have learned to. If a person can’t/won’t word or reason their disagreement openly, I don’t see why I should be obligated to care about their opinion either.

  • Ayaka

    Woa, the character design for this title never stops to amuse me!
    Racoona seems to be quite pretty, same for Frederica and nice Hero there~

  • Altoire

    I have to say i kinda like how they look :O

  • malek86

    Nameless hero? Amnesiac heroine?

    Mmh, let’s hope this won’t be too clichey.

    • AkuLord3

      Kinda hard to not have some cliches done these days yo

      • it me

        writing is extremely difficult, excuse all tropes (like these grossly overused ones)

    • More than that, I’m surprised Atlus is releasing dungeon crawlers a bit rapidly lately.

      • malek86

        I think they are seeing the market for that. After all, RPG players tend to finish them relatively quickly. Also, it seems like aside from Atlus, there aren’t all that many companies putting them on the market, so in a way they have an open field.

        • AkuLord3

          but then again, aren’t all their rpgs Dungeon crawlers? Well besides Devil Survivor games and Raidou games (and probably a few others i’m not sure of)

          • brian

            Ones they published or developed?
            Only came up with a couple they straight up developed.
            Radiant Historia, P4A, Growlanser, a lot of Sting games besides Baroque, Catherine.

          • Zeik56

            Depends on how you define “dungeon crawler” I guess. I don’t consider any of the Persona games (except maybe the first one) “dungeon crawlers”, for example. A dungeon crawler is more than just a game with “dungeons”.

        • HatsyaSouji

          Never forget Acquire going through the trend, especially their Class of Heroes, and their upcoming Mind 0!

    • Perhaps he’ll also be mute on top of that. Nameless protagonists gotta be silent :3

  • kuroneko0509

    The main char looks cool :D:D

  • Namuro

    Nice designs there, especially the Hero, he looks sort of like a Mongolian warrior. It’s pretty cool how he’s using a spear, and with that wild get-up, I can imagine him jumping and dancing around with the spear in combat.

    I LIKE IT!

    Though there won’t be such combat animation in this series…orz, but that’s where imagination comes in!

  • AkuLord3

    I like the characters’ designs and can’t wait to see what the expand on from the first EO’s story. Saw some scans and it looks like some classic Hidden Bosses are showing up which is good ( like Alurane).

    • Odd, I got the impression that you didn’t want storyline in EO because you said it’s not the point of the series (though it’s a remake).

      Back on topic, if it does pick up from where it left off in EO then I’d find it hard to resist pre-ordering it :3
      Well, IF it comes out in Europe that is – which is a big if, considering EO2 and EO3 never came over for us. We’re still waiting for EO4 to come out here too.

  • brian

    What is that thing Arthur is holding?

    • Zarx

      It’s a gauntlet that lets the Alchemists cast elemental spells.

    • malek86

      Maybe some kind of gun, or a gun-arm like Barret.

  • XypherCode

    *Whew* can’t wait! :) I’m looking forward to a lot from Atlus this year. :)

  • ragingmerifes

    I am looking forward to this, though I have one question for myself: if this game gets a sequel, will it be a remake of EO II, a direct sequel or a different game with the same style but with an original setting?

  • Adam Zaorski

    I don’t like the art on the characters, only the main char and Racoona are acceptable in my opinion. EO IV art > EO V art, so far.

    And one more thing, if you’re adding young characters t othe game dear Atlus, at least make them cute, like the runemaster from EO IV, because Arthur and Frederica are far from it.

    • Michael Marve II

      This isn’t EO V, it’s a remake/spin off of the first game.

  • Kitestwinblades

    Sweet character designs! Interesting weapons designs too- Completely expected of the Etrian Odyssey series. But the more I see it the more I want it to be like Yggdra Union or something(Do you think its the art?). Maybe not so much the war aspect but some kind of on screen sprite along with the a character portrait. The other games are great, and I know its a dungeon crawler, but that sure would be an interesting change for this new version.
    I’ll definitely be following the news on this one.

    Racoona( ̄ー ̄)… That’s a new one.

  • Claud12

    Hmmm there should be choice between M and F main hero :)

    • Nightmesh

      Since its a nameless hero and there isn’t any voice acting it seems easy to add. Maybe if enough people ask for it they would add it in some how.

      • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

        There is VAing.

        • Nightmesh

          Oh I didn’t see that posted anywhere. You have a link to it?

          • Insigma

            Official site has some voice samples.

  • Pockystix

    meh, I rather preferred the hero being a choice of class and gender.

  • Zharkiel

    RIP EO, you had a good run

    • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

      There is still hope this is just a spin-off/side project and that the main games will remain as they are.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      So now spin-off kill a series? Okay then.

      • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

        It’s happened before.

        The big issue is this feels like an experiment. One trying to determine if the series would sell better with fixed characters and a character driven plot.

        If it does well it’s possible either future entries in the series, EOV and forward might go the same route or perhaps the original EO series will be dropped altogether and the series will continue forwards as NEO.

        I’m guessing Zharkiel feels that the game is destined to do well and either way the EO series as it was is dead. Based on comments here, I have to admit it seems fairly likely…

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          And yet this is Atlus who have tons of spin-off for SMT and yet they never changed the original SMT formula at all.(See SMT IV)
          Why should we be afraid then? Judging before the product come out is one of the i really hated here.

          • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

            SMT is huge in Japan, it was one of the biggest names. I will also note they are only on SMT IV and one of those ( SMT III) was rather different.

            I will also note that the Megami Tensei series ended with 2 after SMT1 came out.

            Edit: I will also note I never said anything bad about the game itself, I even said I’m pretty sure it will be good, just that I don’t like what it says for the future of the EO series (and that as such I don’t want to support it).

          • Zharkiel

            “and yet they never changed the original SMT formula at all.(See SMT IV)”

            You picked the worst example to prove your point, but alright I guess. That’s your opinion, I have mine.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Whew, okay. Bullet dodged. See, Etrian Odyssey IV had some character designs that were maybe stereotypical in a bad way. Some outfits available for both male and female characters that were more revealing than my comfort zone really allows. But that wasn’t a big deal, because they just let me pick other character portraits. Four pictures for each class meant that there were always options inside of my comfort zone too.

    When I read that Etrian Odyssey was moving to a fixed character party I worried that maybe I wouldn’t have that choice anymore, so any outfits I didn’t care for would be set in stone. But this news post has eased my fears – all the characters are appropriately garbed for some punishing dungeon crawling.

    Even beyond the whole difference between cultural standards for what you can and cannot dress young girls in (or anime girls who just look like they’re young, which in my eyes is effectively the same), this is a franchise where I think the heavily armored look fits best. The games are challenging, the dungeons dangerous, and the frivolous distractions VERY few. It absolutely fits the dungeon crawling content of the game better to pile the weapons and armor on as has been done here.

    • I suspect avoiding the scantily clad lolis is part of the effort to make the series more mainstream, yeah.

    • AkuLord3

      And you’re complaining about this now? guess what like many other games they’re going still be doing that and as long as u don’t feel like kindapping a kid and “blah blah blah” i think you’ll be fine and look none of the males (or what you really care about) and females are dressed perverted like even though the outifits makes sense for the class. I mean HOW DARE Dancers dress like a type of dancer…my WORD

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

    Amazing, I guessed all the personalities perfectly just from their appearance.

    That said, I’m not sure I like this change for the series. I’m sure I would enjoy it, but I’d prefer the EO series stay build a party and low on the character driven plot. As such I will vote the only way a company really hears (even a great one like Atlus), with my wallet, and hold off buying this game till after I can tell what Atlus’s plans for the series is. (or maybe just pick it up used)

    • Hm, well considering it’s a remake / spin-off, whatever you wish to call it, I think chances are that it won’t affect EOV if (or when) they make it.

      I’m more worried about this not being released in Europe more than anything else at the moment…

      • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

        Perhaps, but this could also be seen (and is seen by some) as the natural progression of the direction the series has been going.

        I don’t agree, but this certainly feels like an experiment, one in seeing how well the series would do with fixed characters and a heavier focus on character based story. If it does well it seems rather certain they will at least consider taking future entries in the same direction.

        Which is what I am worried about and why I feel the need to express to the company in the only way I know they’ll hear my opinion that this isn’t the direction I want for EO.

        Edit: The ‘if’ of EOV is part of it, they could instead decide to run with the spin off instead of the main series.

        • Ah, I see what you mean now~

          I agree with you on that point! I think for some of us, we already feel that it’s a sort of experiment to see how the fan base reacts, as well as whether it will attract new players or not.

          Though, I was kinda expecting them to just continue doing EO as its own thing, and maybe more of this “shin sekaiju no meikyuu” series if the experiment goes well.

          • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

            I wouldn’t mind it as being two separate parallel series, but I’m not sure the EO fanbase is large enough to support two separate ongoing series. It seems more likely they will just stick with which one will make the most money.

            For me, I suppose, the one good thing is NEO will be more expensive to make, so they game will have to not just match the other EO games, but exceed them by a fair margin to make up for the risk and investment for more writers, more art, VAs, etc.

          • Ah well, I guess we can’t always have both the cake and eat it :p I wish we could though.

            Sounds about right. It’ll be interesting to see how well they do on this project.

            On an unrelated note, do you happen to have Steam? I would like to chat to you more mate.

          • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

            I’m AmineHsu on Steam, feel free to message me but I’m heading out now so I probably won’t be able to reply till later.

          • Pombar

            Remember that Shin Megami Tensei killed vanilla MT – and Shin Sangoku Musou killed Dynasty Warriors as a fighting game.
            Sometimes these revival reboot rejiggs can end up changing the direction of the entire franchise. I’m interested in this as someone who beat EO1-3, but I think the lack of plotting and dialogue actually helped EO rise above its peers that were dragged down by bad writing.

          • I can’t say I remember that, as I rarely paid attention to these things when I was younger.

            While I agree, I think it’s safe to say that just by keeping the same formula, the games will get repetitive and boring over time.

            Therefore, you might also be interested because they’re trying to experiment with something slightly different from what they usually do. And we expect great things from the experience they gain, which could keep the franchise going. In my eyes, while it’s risky it should do them good in the long term. Unless they’re not learning what is a mistake and what worked…

            Whether it goes in a good or bad direction, however, is another question.

  • Raltrios

    EO IV is my first foray into the series, and I gotta say I like the series’ artstyle. I thought it was too cartoony for my tastes at first, but it’s grown on me. And this game looks to be even better. I especially like the designs of the Hero, Racoona, and Arthur (dat weapon!). You don’t have very many lance-wielding leads these days, and I appreciate seeing one here.

  • ReidHershel

    I, for one, am really excited for this game. Finally VA’s and story! This is going to be awesome!

  • Shane Guidaboni

    All the downvotes are funny. People truly hate change. People are so negative before they even have their hands on the game. Why do you doubt Atlus? Based on their track record for this series, I don’t think this game will be bad at all and these character designs are great. Atlus USA will provide an excellent localization as well.

    • TiredOfMyOldUsername

      Peoples like to complain about everything.
      They hate changes, but also hate when there isn’t any changes

    • DanijoEX

      I personally see nothing wrong with it. I actually think it’s really interesting. and all.

      And I’m sure it will have good charm.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      welcome to the gaming side of the internet something change in anyway the internet lynch mod will get you

    • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

      Like I explained in other comments,I have no doubt this will be a pretty good game,it’s just not the direction I would like to see the EO series go.

      I prefer the mechanics of being able to create my own party and I prefer the games without a lot of character driven drama/plot.

      And there is really only one way to guarantee a dev will hear you and that is by talking with your wallets.

      • Shane Guidaboni

        To be fair, this just seems like something the original director of the series wanted to do. EOIV was directed by someone else. I don’t think this will become the norm for the series seeing as it’s not numbered. This was likely being created at or around the same time EOIV was being created considering we received news on it so soon after EOIV’s release.

        • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

          Like I’ve said in other comments, this seems like an experiment in seeing if the series would sell better with a fixed cast and character driven plot.

          It’s true it’s not numbered, so it seems likely if this does well (significantly enough better than EO4 to make up for the extra costs involved) it’s possible we could see the old series dropped and the next entry being NEOII and so on.

          I would be fine with this just being a one-off spin off or a separate parallel series, but the EO fanbase doesn’t seem like it’s big enough to support two separate series, so it seems unlikely we will ever see another EO game if they decide to pursue the NEO route.

  • Rogerrmark

    Don’t like the characters,except for the red-haired girl.At least,on the original series,one could choose their designs. I always got the less childish/loli/chibi ones.

    The gameplay will probably be great,though.Never liked the original one,anyway.Loved III and IV,though.

  • Yuriangels

    Hmmmmmmm, this is interesting i hope we see the character modeled in battled . like in 7th dragon 2020

  • NorthernPatches

    I don’t mind seeing them try something a little different, I mean I doubt the core gameplay will change all that much. I’ll withhold judgement until I actually have it in my hands and play it for myself.
    As for there being more story, well I kinda like that. Story interaction were always something I looked forward to in the dungeons because man it could get ‘lonely’ sometimes without another character to interact with.

  • rurin

    I know this comment doesn’t have much to do with this entry, but, after that Fire Emblem article….

    I keep looking at feet….(there’s not really any here either…)

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Feet…who needs em’.

    • If it’s not related to the current article, you can post it on either the related article pages or in the Open Thread.

      But given how the feet are drawn in this game’s drawings, I’d say it’s a tangentially related musing.

  • MrBigAl

    Racoona? Could be Lacuna…

  • Testsubject909

    So the hero is a Highlander?

    …Okay. Get your decapitating sword ready folks!

    Heeeeereeee we are! Born to be kings!

    • M’iau M’iaut

      I’ve mentioned this before but when I was 18 my cousin and my dad went to New York City. When at the UN, we couldn’t help pay more attention to the Silvercup sign across the river.

      My cousin named his daughter Skye — after Connor’s home island :P.

      And of course nothing exists beyond the first movie.

  • Insigma

    Arthur’s…. fucking cute.

  • Roxy

    FOE FOE!

  • Insigma

    Oh yeah, and fix the 3D effect.

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