• http://www.mrtiredmedia.com/ NickyD

    Dat Racoona.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      I see it’s a slow work day.

      • http://www.mrtiredmedia.com/ NickyD

        I may have finished one step in a process and am sort of in project limbo for…like…a few minutes.

        • Adol Christin is a Handome Man

          I’d like ta limbo your project!

          • http://www.mrtiredmedia.com/ NickyD

            How low can you go, A. Christin!?
            Or should I call you…FALCOM!?

    • http://amc9988.deviantart.com/ amc99

      Dat Racoona…. Awesome

  • Suriel Cruz

    Is that chibi Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail?!!!… xD

  • xXDGFXx

    LOLI! Etrian Odyssey always has awesome lolis :D

  • JohnNiles

    Curse my weakness. I can’t resist a good star-eyes picture. *_*

    http://storage.siliconera.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/img4_frederica.jpg

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Girl… maiden… doesn’t matter. Cuz this means she can still be mai waifu :D
    On the other hand, I’m having fun with EOIV and it still looks very familiar so I can get into it easily afaik

  • SilentMC

    I wonder if New Etrian Odyssey will become it’s own series of more story focused EO games

    • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

      I suspect, if it does well enough, it will likely replace the original EO series.

      • JohnNiles

        Which would put series veterans in a tough spot. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone declines to purchase it precisely because of that possibility.

        • AkuLord3

          I would still buy it but that would greatly sadden me. They can easily do it like 7th Dragon series, Have the customization with different characters/classes plus with story…it wouldn’t be hard but for now we’ll wait and see

        • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

          That is my quandary right now. It seems like a decent game ro even pretty good game (certain issues I can forsee having with certain character non-withstanding) but I feel this anxiety of it.

          I’ll probably pick it up eventually, after seeing what the future holds for EO.(( Unlike Neir, another game I didn’t buy on principle, which I still haven’t gotten despite knowing is pretty good, just because of how much the BS with the two versions pisses me off ))

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        You don’t need to be so pesimistic there.^_^ Atlus is not thoe who actually did this lol. *glance SMT*^_^

        • JohnNiles

          I’ll bet he was thinking of SMT to begin with. It’s the poster child for this sort of thing.

          Not that I think along these lines, being a latecomer to both series, but the pessimistic long-time fan may have to choose between starving it by withholding their cash or actively encouraging them to go in a different direction by buying it.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            If you ask me, we should just keep supporting the series here as if the game bomb too hard, it is going to kill the whole series even the main is going to be affected,

          • Zeik56

            I don’t see how SMT is a poster-child. SMT spin-offs have never replaced the main series. Persona may be more popular now, but they haven’t stopped releasing other games, and SMT has been impacted very little by Persona’s popularity. SMT4 still looks very very SMT.

          • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

            Before there was Shin Megami Tensei, there was Megami Tensei. I will also note that the SMT series only has 4 main series entries ( 5 if you count SJ, which would be fair it was closer to SMT 1 and 2 than 3 ), In the time between 2 and 4, 5 persona games came out, 3 devil summoner games, 2 Devil Survivor games, 3-ish gens of Devil Kids, 2 Digital Devil Saga… Only 1 number SMT came out (3 which was very different, and SJ which was very similar, but not numbered).

            Please also note that the SMT series was one of THE biggest names in video games in Japan, on the same scale as Dragon Quest and Final Fantsy back in the heyday…

            EO, while having it’s own niche, has nowhere near that level of fanbase, I am uncertain if it could truly support 2 parallel series.

          • Zeik56

            While you’re technically right that Megami Tensei was replaced by Shin Megami Tensei, it really wasn’t the same thing. Shin Megami Tensei was an evolution of Megami Tensei, not so much a different direction for the series. I highly doubt there was much (if any) fanbase outcry over the advent of Shin Megami Tensei, because it wasn’t actually that different from Megami Tensei. Etrian Odyssey has (arguably) made more drastic changes within its core games than Shin Megami Tensei did from Megami Tensei.

            It doesn’t make much sense to try to draw direct parallels with SMT anyway. EO4 has already had 4 sequels in less time than it took SMT to get 3, and that’s not merely because of spin-offs. Atlus has plenty of other IPs to work on now, they could have easily diverted resources to something else if there wasn’t a decent sized audience for these games.

            I really can’t say whether this series could support two parallel series, but if their intention with this game is to target a different audience than the core series it’s certainly not impossible. Not everyone who played SMT necessarily transferred over to the Persona audience, or vice versa.

          • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

            SMT is a huge series in Japan, comparable to Dragon Quest which I believe is still the most popular series over there.

            I am not sure why the main SMT series has had such a slow release schedule. I do know that EO, while popular, is nowhere near that popular.

            Maybe NEO and EO can exist side by side. I don’t know, I’m not Atlus so I can’t know for sure. I do know from a conceptual and design perspective this is a radical change and it seemingly came out of nowhere. What really kicks it though isn’t the radically different parts, but the similar parts. If this was something crazy like a Fighting game or something else completely divorced from the EO formula I probably wouldn’t be having this convo. No matter how well P4A did/does I don’t expect the Persona series to switch over to be a Fighting game series, However EO series switching over to being a traditional fixed cast and character driven plot is withithe realm of possibilities. In particular, also, is how EOIV and this game are coming out so close together and seem to be sharing resources. Almost like they are testing the waters with one, before sending out the next and comparing the reaction of each. It feels like it’s been planned from the beginning and this is all a test.

            Anyways, it’s just how I feel. And it’s just how I feel I need to act. Like I’ve said in multiple other comments, the game itself looks like it will probably be pretty good.

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    Arthur’s dressed kind of like Stocke from Radiant Historia… clothes are nearly identical in colour and garments. He’s blonde, too.

    • Raltrios

      Looks to me more like he’s got a simple pullover with latches. It doesn’t remind me of Stocke’s fluted tunic in any way besides the color. I suppose the scarf adds to the silhouette, but the color there’s off.

  • Raltrios

    Loving the look of Racoona. Would be nice to see some expressions for the Hero, though. Or is he a silent protag?

  • Ethan_Twain

    Yep, that sure does look like Etrian Odyssey. Etrian Odyssey IV specifically. Honestly I don’t much see the point of releasing screen shots for this game. The features that they’re talking up as making it unique are the storytelling. More emphasis on character, voice acting. Screenshots don’t do a lot to communicate that. Showing multiple characters on screen at once and overlapping characters is new at least. More facial expressions too.

    • Shane Guidaboni

      You might as well as say that for ALOT of games then. Why release screenshots for Pokemon games? We know what we’re getting. Why release screenshots for Soul Hackers 3DS? That game has been out for years on PS1 and Saturn and it doesn’t look much different than it does now. The point is that it gets people excited.

      • Ethan_Twain

        Well, yeah. I do say that for a lot of games :) I feel like there are multiple ways to market a game, and not every marketing method is a good fit for every game. The 3DS Etrian Odyssey engine is pretty good looking actually, and this game is looking to focus a lot more on storytelling. So this is a game that I might go with a debut trailer for instead of a screen dump.

        Another thing that’s pretty great about Etrian Odyssey is the music, so that’s another reason to push with a trailer maybe. These screens do very little to communicate what makes this game different from other games in the franchise, and really different from other games in the genre generally.

        The better criticism of my comment might be “Hey there Yesshua, hold your horses there. Who do you think you are back seat driving a marketing campaign not even aimed at your continent? Getting a little big for your britches, ‘eh?”

      • holyshitstopbeingtaken

        Really pokemon? That’s possibly the worst example you can give as Pokemon’s going 3D for the very first time and people want to see what it looks like as a result.

        This really does look super copy/paste. 4 was my first one and if it wasn’t for the character art I’d assume this was the exact same game. That’s not good.

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    want

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Who don’t?^_^

      • EmoryM

        I don’t. Story-based EO remake with fixed characters? Would rather have next EO.

        • Nightmesh

          Oh let atlus experiment. If they didn’t try something new we wouldn’t have had such a radical and well liked change in the persona series. If they come out with a demo at least give a try, okay?

          • Shane Guidaboni

            Exactly. I bet fans of Persona 2 complained about the dramatic changes to the series that happened with Persona 3 (well, they still do), but Persona 3 helped pave the way to make the series very popular and well loved.

          • Hound

            I thought it was Nocturne/Lucifer’s Call that radically changed Atlus’ RPGs. Until then, the core series was first-person and the type of challenge was far different.

            I suppose P3′s “knock down,” “pile on,” and semi-influencable AI partners changed things.. But, the AI was optional later on and Knock&Pile are friendlier “Press Turns.”

        • Zeik56

          It’s too early for another core EO game. If this was just the next EO then it would almost certainly just be EO4.5. There needs to be some incubation time so a proper sequel can be made.

          If they want to experiment with other ideas in the interim then why not? You can always pretend it doesn’t exist if you don’t care.

        • Pombar

          This won’t slow down EO5, it’s being made by a different team – the team that made EO3, in fact.

          • http://amc9988.deviantart.com/ amc99

            And eo3 havea nice story too… well for an eo series that is

      • http://steamcommunity.com/id/noumi_kud Kudryavka

        From the previous articles on Siliconera, a lot of outrage was had in the comments section.
        A few of us think it could be a good experiment for Atlus, though :)

    • http://steamcommunity.com/id/noumi_kud Kudryavka

      I hope the fans in Japan still support it when it comes out. I seem to always hear people complaining about the changes (on Siliconera’s previous articles) when the game has barely been announced recently.

      If it does well enough we can hope for an English release.
      Shame I have less hope for it coming out in Europe ’cause EO2 and 3 weren’t.

      Also, EO4 delay ><;

  • SetzerGabbiani

    I see they are going to get some mileage out of the EO IV engine. Looks quite nice actually. Great to see more than 1 expression for the characters.

    • AkuLord3

      Well for the main cast anyway, everyone else will probably have the same look since the NPC are pretty much copy paste art from before

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    It seems they are reusing tons of EO IV assets there………….. and i am okay with it.^_^
    Considering i am currently under the Unlimited Grinding works for my EOIV, i believe my grinding fetish is also going to be fulfilled too here.^_^

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.ponthier Matthew Ponthier

    I have yet to play an Etrian Odyssey game (although I plan to get IV eventually) but I thought one of the main points of the game was creating your own party of characters? Now they’re making set story characters? Not saying it’s a bad thing just saying it’s strange.

    • Kelohmello

      You noticed the lack of a number in the title, right? It’s a spinoff. Actually, it’s a remake of the first game with a story added to it.

  • http://www.fogalchemist.com/ caleb1993

    This looks good. I still need to get a copy of the other games, but dungeon crawlers with stories always appeal to me. I will definitely be watching this one. I hope it turns out well.

  • Insigma

    HOLY SHIT, THERE’S A PLOT?

  • Adam Zaorski

    They should let the player choose how main characters look like. I don’t like the artwork on the “forced” chars, I prefered the EOIV art.

    • Kelohmello

      That’s just silly. Characters are designed with different things about them in mind when they have an actual personality. The artist works their hardest to create a character whose looks match with the way they act, and for you to just say “Well I want to choose myself” is in essence insulting his or her efforts. This isn’t a standard Etrian Odyssey, if you want to do that stuff go play EOIV.

  • Zenthos

    Another meal from Atlus will make my tummy happy.

  • Hughe Vang

    Don’t dismiss the game because it’s different… this is NEW Etrian Odyssey, thus it should be treated in an equally NEW perspective. Names attached does not affect whether or not a game is good or bad, so just… try it like a whole other series or something. I dunno. I would be concerned if they neglected the old minimalist style, but hopefully Atlus remembers the niche they first catered to.

  • Pombar

    I like the designs, but it’s not the party make up I would’ve chosen out of EO1 (also, the gunner wasn’t in it till EO2 anyway).
    Where’s my Survivalist!?

  • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

    Looks like Etrian Odyssey, with cutscenes.
    I’m okay with this.

  • http://twitter.com/LeonisPhoenicis Phoenicis

    As long as this game is just as harsh as the first one (without abusing Immunization) then I’m all for trying it.

  • Istillduno

    Personally I’m looking forward to this, always been put of EO because of it’s lack of story (although after enjoying dungeon crawling and customising demons in SMT:SJ I’ll be picking up 5 regardless) and so this which is EO + story sounds right up my street.

    That said, people who don’t like the change shouldn’t buy it “just to support the series”, or in hopes of more stuff they like being produced if it succedes, it’ll just send out the message that you want more of a product you don’t want.

    If you are thinking of buying a game just to support something (unless the procedes are going to charity or something), then on a personal level, that game really isn’t something you should be supporting.

  • kamion

    Millenium Girl sounds silly to you but you still call every Kiseki game “Trails in the X”?

  • Shadow_Raskolnik

    At first I was a bit apprehensive of this new EO, but as long as it remains a spinoff and future EO games are like those in the main series I don’t see why both can’t exist.
    Personally though when I first heard that they were making something new for the EO series I was hoping it would have been an SRPG spinoff.

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