New Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Maiden Has Different Box Art, Too

By Ishaan . April 6, 2013 . 12:00pm

New Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Maiden places a greater emphasis on story than previous Etrian Odyssey games have. For Millennium Maiden, Atlus are opting to go with established characters with back-stories, as opposed player-created ones, and hope that the more story-focused approach will make the game more accessible to players while allowing them to enjoy its RPG essence.

 

This is reflected in the game’s box art as well, which Atlus revealed this week. Below, you can find box art for the first four Etrian Odyssey games, followed by the box for Etrian Odyssey IV. The difference is immediately noticeable.

 

Etrian Odyssey:

 

Etrian Odyssey II:

 

Etrian Odyssey III:

 

Etrian Odyssey IV:

 

New Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Maiden:

In addition to this new direction with the single character on the cover (that’s Frederica Irving, read about her here), New Etrian Odyssey uses a very different font type from the previous games for its logo as well. The game is slated for release in Japan this June.


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  • Ethan_Twain

    Man, wouldn’t it be cool if the storytelling in this turned out to be good? The company seems really enthused about it and all their marketing is pushing that element of the game. I’m still skeptical but… the team that makes Etrian Odyssey also worked on SMT Strange Journey, right? I thought the writing in that game was pretty decent. Maybe I’ve given too little credit.

    • DiosFancifulRomp

      I’m hoping that it will manage to balance the minimalistic story telling devices of the past games with a more involved story that will allow others who aren’t familiar with the series (or even RPGs) to finally make the jump into Etrian Odyssey.

      No matter what comes of it, it seems clear that this remake is intended to appeal more to those who haven’t played the past games, a business move which will probably change future titles for the better.

      • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

        Some people liked the storytelling and ability to create your own party in the other EO games. If this is a move for the better or worse in a matter of opinion, not fact.

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

      No, I don’t think SJ and Etrian Odyssey share any of their main development staff. The DS Etrian games and SJ used the same engine, though. SJ was built on the engine created for Etrian Odyssey.

      • Ethan_Twain

        Thank you much.

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

          Sorry I keep butting in! Let me know if you want me to knock it off. :P

          • Ethan_Twain

            …what on earth gave you that notion? One of the best parts about this website it that I can jump into the comments section and ask semi-obscure questions and get them answered. So when you answered my question about this team’s background in third person narrative (pretty much none) and I saw someone had gone and downvoted you for your prompt factual reply…

            Well that would not stand. So you not only got the counter-upvote, but a specific thank you. Don’t you change a thing.

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

            Just making sure! Sometimes, I feel like I step into the comments a little too often to “correct” people. At times, that’s necessary, but not in the case of folks that generally post good comments. Thanks though. :)

          • r0gamer940

            I have been coming to this site for over a year and you never “butt in”. Your comments are always insightful to whatever the topic at hand is. I am wondering though, are you the only mod?

          • Ethan_Twain

            No, there are some others. Ishaan is the most active in the comments under articles, but I think the open thread is under another’s jurisdiction and every so often you’ll see other writers active in the comments under their own articles too.

          • MrSirFeatherFang

            There’s also @DrakosAmatras:disqus and @M’iau M’iaut as mods. Not sure if Kris and Spencer are mods. Also I’m (secretly) a mod as well, but Ishaan and the others don’t know about it.

          • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

            … … … ﹁ ﹁

          • MrSirFeatherFang

            … Though I know your secret! Good thing you haven’t seen my post of you in the OT

          • Kris

            I’m not a mod! However, as of now, I’m the self-proclaimed mascot of the site.

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

            Thanks! And no, I’m not the only mod. I’m not even the main moderator. M’iau M’iaut and DrakosAmatras are the lead moderators. I just jump in whenever I can. :)

    • http://twitter.com/Tiredman_ Tiredman

      I hope it is good. I am really enjoying Etrian Odyssey 3 at the moment, but I would love more investment in good story segments that give me even more urging to explore that labyrinth.

  • http://www.youtube.com/Lyonharvestmoonfan Eduardo Rocha

    What’s Etrian Odyssey about anyways? I always thought it was just doing missions and stuff so it never got my attention until IV was released but I didn’t search much information about it either.

    • IvanAzure

      Etrian Odyssey is about a group of adventurers exploring a mysterious organic labyrinth and it’s indeed exploration-focused rather than story-focused. The game is about “your own adventure” with “your own group” and it’s a learning process.

      My own experience with the game made me hate it at first, but after I gave it another chance, I noticed a “charming appeal” in how it’s imposing its own strength against my characters and making me feel “screw how hard you are, game, I’m going to beat you to a pulp by working on it at a reasonable pace and grinding my way to your end”~.
      That’s probably why this game is receiving some bad reactions from fans because it used to be “you against the game” and now it features “the story of someone else”.

      Personally, I find the change of pace interesting and I look forward to playing it and getting to know if they got the story right. ^^ Though I obviously also hope to see more of the usual EO charm in future installments. :)

    • Ethan_Twain

      Your assessment is close to accurate. The crux of the game is “There’s a great big frontier out there… go exploring!”. Etrian Odyssey IV in particular made me think of the opening of the Oklahoma territory. It’s just a team of player generated party members spelunking through dungeons for no better reason than nobody has spelunked these dungeons before.

      Again though, this game is looking to change that somewhat and have a more traditional third person JRPG narrative to contextualize and justify the dungeon crawling.

  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    I don’t get the cautious approach some fans are having about this entry into the series. I’ve been a fan since the first game, and I’m greatly anticipating this title.

    Just look at that cover. LOOK. If that doesn’t show some serious initiative on Atlus’ part, then I can’t help ya!

    • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

      It perfectly represents their shift from ‘make your own adventure’ to ‘follow this generic character on his quest to cure his mysterious love interest from amnesia to then find out that she’s part of an ancient race and mandatory to solving the game’s main quest’ aka generic JRPG plot #74309242935

      There are TONS of games like that and Etrian Odyssey doesn’t need to become one of them. Let niche games be niche games or die in peace. Make an original title if you want to go down that road.

      • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

        “Let niche games be niche games or die in peace.”

        With all due respect, that’s for the developers to decide. They don’t have an obligation to stop a product line just to appeal to the exclusionism of a prior fanbase.

        • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

          That’s the unfortunate truth I guess.

          • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

            Truth? In a sense. Unfortunate? Hardly. It merely means the developers’ decisions don’t coincide with some of the consumers anymore. Lest anybody forget, make-your-character first-person dungeon crawlers are dime a dozen too, even if the genre itself doesn’t dominate the market.

      • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

        Let them shift! They at least appear to have genuine faith in the series to expand on the franchise, so if they want to stretch their ideas, “original” or not, let them. Going from one end of the spectrum to the other isn’t always a bad thing.
        I understand when fans call out to developers for making boneheaded decisions, but in cases like this I encourage them to experiment. If it fails, they’ll always have EOV to lean back on.

        The suffocation some fans have on certain games… I can only imagine if some of hostility of some fans today would have when Mega Man Legends was first announced.

        • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

          Some people enjoy EO as it is now and don’t want to see that go away, if this New EO game does well, there is a distinct possibility that there will never be another EO game mad ein the original style again.

          Which is why many long time fans might be considering not supporting this title. If this game does poorly there is a good chance they will go back to the original like you said. If that’s something a person would like to see then OF COURSE they would want to see this title fail.

          This is independent of any judgement on if the game is actually any good or not, which is why more information about the game is not needed. People already have all the information they need.

    • Flandre Scarlet

      It’s adding things to a series that didn’t need them. It’s why certain fans from series like Atelier or Neptunia get annoyed when they see people constantly begging for the games to have male MCs only, because that kind of ruins the point of them.

      There are like, a million other JRPGs with plot and character focus. EO wasn’t one of them, so this entry is being approached with either disdain or casual disregard by most fans of the series.

      • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

        For me, I did think a lot of the appeal of EO was in it’s simplicity. It had such great mood the went well with it’s exploration and difficulty. It took the dungeon crawl and bad it something fun and wondrous. I just feel like adding a bunch of character talking all the time during that will spoil the whole formula. (I don’t hate the designs but one character in particular looks like they will be particularly tedious).

        Side Note: … People are seriously begging for Neptunia/Atelier games with male MCs? Why? Uhg, I hate how people have no appreciation for the unique and seem to want to make ever series cookie cutter the same.=-_-=

        • M’iau M’iaut

          @google-2463e0cf04f97e550d610a3ad0db3b8e:disqus Wanting a male option does not mean male only. And this family of games has even done that three times. Another three times (four counting the new one), there have been dual protags. Not one of these games have been simply more of the same, and seven games is a large portion of the series in Japan and the majority of US releases.

          If we are going to make accusatory claims against other fans, lets just make sure those fans aren’t just liking something for a reason different from our own.

  • Ferofax

    …why do I get the feeling that Millenium Maiden, at it’s core, is like playing through somebody else’s run? Like, I dunno, some dev played EO1 and decided to add backstories and whatnot.

    Kind of like playing D&D, and then having a grand adventure, and then turning that into a novel.

    • Ethan_Twain

      Or maybe more apt, playing one of those pre-fabricated DnD campaigns. Which are actually pretty fun!

      • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

        Which, when you think about it, is what many story-oriented RPGs are.

    • Shane Guidaboni

      Some dev? Try the scenario and event writer for a bunch of great games that the majority of you probably enjoyed. http://www.giantbomb.com/shigeo-komori/3040-90822/ I’m not worried at all.

    • Exkaiser

      Like the incredibly popular Icewind Dale novels by RA Salvatore?

      • Ferofax

        If you’re gonna go RA Salvatore, then you *always* go with the Drizzt Saga. :)

  • Andrew A

    I still don’t know how to feel about this game…

  • benhofb

    Well, if this gets localized, I’ll probably pick it up. To be honest, I could never really get into the older EO titles because of their lack of a story. I just feel that a decent story these days is what brings me into an RPG and then the game-play keeps me there.

  • $29082171

    Isn’t it ironic how actually adding complexity to the story of the game is actually worse in this case?

    • Ethan_Twain

      Lets save judgement until we find out if the story is good or not. There are definitely some challenges here – since they haven’t done an Etrian Odyssey with a story before, there could be mistakes just from inexperience. Maybe they don’t have a very good writer. Even if the writing is good, it’ll be tough to tell a story that doesn’t lose all it’s momentum the first time you spend two hours grinding through a dungeon. Or even worse, tough to tell a story that doesn’t interrupt the dungeon grinding goodness at inopportune moments.

      These are the challenges the developers face… but let’s not go assuming they won’t be able to meet and exceed them. Have a little optimism :)

    • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

      It’s way too early to say things like that. This isn’t a story they’re just tacking on to the game; the story is part of the planned development.

    • Ladius

      I fail to see how you can make such a claim when the game has been announced less than a month ago and won’t be out till June.

      This will surely be a different game from the previous EO titles, but that doesn’t mean it has to be bad, especially considering it was built from the start to be a different kind of experience.

  • JohnNiles

    *looks at box art for EO 3*

    Huh. We got a different cover, though the one for EO 4 is the same. In the NA version, the Princess moved up, the Buccaneer and Hoplite are squeezed in front, the Monk is where the Ninja used to be, and the Ninja is hiding around a corner.

    • Ethan_Twain

      …I am impressed. Points for attention to detail.

      • JohnNiles

        Not really. ^_^;; I started playing it after EO IV, so the box is right next to me.

        I will laugh, though, if the NA cover for the new game ditches it for the usual style.

  • Farid Belkacemi

    Millennium Girl becomes Millennium Maiden… Why did you change the name siliconera ? Just curious :)

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

      It just sounds better. “Millennium Girl” sounded kind of stupid. There was a reference to “maiden” in a teaser for the game, too.

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        How does “Millenium Idol” sound?

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

          That wouldn’t be correct, since 少女 (Shoujo) generally translates to girl or maiden or, in some cases, daughter depending on the context.

          Just for some perspective, Liberation Maiden in Japanese is 解放少女 (Kaihou Shoujo). This game is ミレニアムの少女 (Millennium no Shoujo).

          • MrSirFeatherFang

            I was just asking what you thought about that name (for no reason in particular) but thanks for the info, quite interesting.

      • Farid Belkacemi

        Ok, thanks for the reply ;)

  • Lazulis

    I’m really liking that box art. Simple but profound (somehow). The different font and cover design really do drive the point that this isn’t a main series title. I can kinda see why people are cautious/wary/straight up NOPE about this game because of the added story, but I’m looking forward to hearing more.

  • French

    Totally confused, I new to this series, whats wrong with the story…?

    • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

      It’s not about the story – not that we have a lot of info on it at the moment – but about the fact that Etrian Odyssey has been a series where you make your own custom characters with very little story, and now New Etrian Odyssey is going to feature a dedicated story and cast.

    • Barrylocke89

      In other words, “What’s wrong with the story?” Nothing, it’s just really different to see that it actually HAS a story (or rather an emphasis on story)

  • Shane Guidaboni

    That boxart is lovely. I hope it remains for the N.American release.

  • AndreasStalin

    And my vote for best boxart goes to…….EO I and MM. Those are both awesome. And yes I’m really looking forward to this new Etrian Odyssey, after crawling through four dungeons my guild probably are gonna need some rest. (And I’m currently on the 19th floor of EO II)

  • MXC

    This may just be me but did anyone else think of Saber immediately after seeing the box art?

  • Clifford Michael

    Storytelling is the only thing that has been keeping me away from the EO series. A localization would be bought by me in a heartbeat.

  • Eric

    Very cool. I’m really excited to see a refreshing take on the game. The story was always tacked on and very cookie cutter, and, for some, that’s why it worked.

    I really want this to go well, so we can see some more of it in the future.

  • Zenthos

    Etrian Odyssey is a game were you create your own story and adventure as you travel through mazes. Correct? The main mechanic of creating you’re own personal experience is still there. You can still create your own map. Choose to fight extra or stronger monsters. Just because a character has a different pallet with back story, it breaks the game? No. Just think of the main story line as an extra along side of the many adventures that YOU create with your own characters.

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      I don’t think it’s about creating you’re own story, it’s just there wasn’t really an emphasis on story and customizing you’re own party (like in FF1 where you pick four characters and their class). However from what it looks like here, the characters are fixed and their class is fixed as well. The adventure aspect still seems to be there though, so it seems fine to me, though tackling bosses may seem different since you do have a fixed party (therefore it influences the difficulty and bosses’ attack pattern). I’m not THAT far in EOIV, but so many options come up to tackle enemies and bosses and I haven’t even unlocked sub classes yet. I think people are just worried that the customization options will be tremendously toned down due to the emphasis on the “story” aspect (like in other RPGs with fixed characters, since EO has afaik, always been about freedom and customization options)

      • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

        Wait, I thought I read somewhere that you can reclass the characters?

        • MrSirFeatherFang

          Really? I guess I am wrong about that. I shall look that up to correct myself. (an edit will come soon, sorry about that)
          edit: yes, it’s actually the first thing mentioned about it’s announcement.
          http://www.siliconera.com/2013/03/26/etrian-odyssey-lady-of-the-millennium-has-a-stronger-story-focus/
          Though it seems like the Novice, Veteran and Master tiers aren’t there anymore. Interesting…

        • Ladius

          Yeah, I read it too. Customization isn’t gone, it’s just given a different context.

  • Ashurei

    That is one classy cover. Just preordered the game, cannot wait.

  • Kelohmello

    I’m excited for it already. Still need to beat 4 though, and I am nowhere close.

  • Shane Guidaboni
    • Shane Guidaboni

      I realized after posting this that all of the N.American box arts have been different, save for EOIV’s.

      • JohnNiles

        Maybe they were trying to convey a little more action without messing too much with the covers? Although if you ask me, the most accurate portrayal would have everyone lying face down. *whistles gameover theme*

    • Ethan_Twain

      That is better! Normally people complain about boxart changes for North American markets because they’re awful, but I totally approve of this one. Good stuff.

  • Cyrus

    Looks like a logo for a FF: Crystal Chronicles game.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    I love the series, and will give this new direction a chance. However, I want them to continue the regular series as well. Nothing better than full customization.

    • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

      That’s the big issue, if this game does well, they may decide to drop the original series altogether. That’s why some are thinking of giving this game a pass.

      It has nothing to do with the game being good or not, I’m pretty sure it will be at least fairly good, but everything with people wanting to do all they can to preserve the original series.

  • Insigma

    Whoa, those’re some really stylized Chinese characters.

  • Ty Arnold

    I like the idea behind this game. I’d even support remaking the other three games in this manner.

    I would not be happy, however, if Etrian Odyssey V ended up being like this. Creating the characters is a major part of the main series’ appeal to me, and I’d hate to see that go by the wayside.

    • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

      That’s the crux of the problem, I by no means think this game will be bad, but supporting it seems like it will be telling Atlus it’s okay to drop the original series. I know I personally will be waiting till after it becomes clear what direction Atlus will take before getting the game.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Supporting any game only means seeing to it that said company has money to make more games. At no time has anyone at Atlus Japan intimated this game means no more Etrian’s in the pure Wizardry style. That they have done so many different styles with SMT should show their capability to appeal to damn near anyone within a series and continue doing so.

        • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

          The only real voice any consumer has is their money. You have no control over how much the company listens to that voice. When a game does poorly/not as well as expected a company will search for a reason why similarly if a game does particularly well. They will try to replicate or eliminate those good or bad things.

          Of particular note speaking to the approach of this game is the titlte. It’s not Etrain Odyssey Gaiden or EO: [Sub Series]. It’s New Etrain Odyssey. The name itself sounds like a continuation of the series in a new dirrection (not unlike Megami Tensei to Shin Megami Tensei (noting ‘Shin’ is the word being translated as ‘New’), after Shin Megami Tensei, there was never another Megami Tensei game).

          Maybe I’m wrong and it will become apparent they intend on continuing the Wizardry style series. If it does I’ll be first in line to buy this spin off. However, until it becomes obvious which way things are going to go, I’m holding off. the EO series as it is is too valuable to me to undermine it by supporting this new direction.

          Again, this is just my opinion. Though I’d urge any fans of the original wizardry styled series to ponder carefully the future.

          • Exkaiser

            The Shin in Shin Megami Tensei is “True,” not “New.” It’s basically MegaTen’s version of the “Super” appellation most Super Famicom games used. It originally implied that it was a much larger game- which it was!- but not much else. Note that the logo for Shin Megami Tensei is literally the same as Megami Tensei but with the Shin tacked on (they did get rid of the hideous Digital Devil Story bit- but even the remake of MT1+2 omits that).

            http://hardcoregaming101.net/megaten/megaten.jpg
            http://hardcoregaming101.net/megaten/smt1-pce.jpg

            Compare to New Etrian Odyssey, which features a completely different art direction in terms of packaging.

            Also, SMT is very much a direct continuation of MT (Even thematically, it’s much closer to the DDS novels than the second MT game). There’s not a whole lot of differentiation between the two- though Shin was the first game to feature a branching plot.

            It’s very clear that they intend this to be a branch product and not to serve as a replacement for the main series. After all, if Atlus was going to do that for Etrian, you’d think they’d have not made Strange Journey or SMTIV and instead just made the Persona 3/4 style games the main SMT series. M’iau is right on this one. It’s really nothing to worry about.

          • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

            The SMT series is a really really big deal in Japan and was/is one of the biggest names in the industry.

            I will also not in the nearly twenty years since SMT2, there have been only 3 games in the original style (with SMT3 even being an edge case as it’s very different, and SMT:SJ not being a numbered). There have been at least 20 spin off games in that time.

            Also the Etrain Odyssey series name in Japanese is Sekaiju no Meikyuu, the Etrain Odyssey series name in Japanese is Shin Sekaiju no Meikyuu. It could be translted as ‘True Etrain Odyssey’ instead of ‘New Etrain Odyssey’. Both names honestly sound a bit damning to me…

            Really though, perhaps I’m a bit cynical but looking at SMT:SJ and SMT:IV it seems like more evidence. SMT:SJ was made/marketed as a spin-off despite being a seemingly perfectly respectable game in the main series, it seemed like they were hedging their bets so they could test and see if that style of game would sell still for the SMT series or if they should reserve the next numbered title for something new building off the changes SMT3 set in place. In fact, It seems like it goes the other way around. It seems like they had dropped the old dungeon crawler style for SMT games, but brought it back after the EO series re-popularized the genre. And even then they did a test with a spin-off first to make sure it would sell.

            I’m not trying to paint Atlus as bad guys, I love Atlus, I think they make great games, I’ve even said I’m pretty sure THIS will be a great game despite my issues with it. But I’m just seeing a lot signs that perhaps they have been thinking about this for a while and it just feels so much like a testing of the waters. And if this is a test to see what direction the future of the EO series should go I want to make sure I voted the way I wanted to.

            I mean, I will readily accept there is a possibility I could be way off base here. but it just feels so much like a test, so much like a new direction they want to explore to see if it will sell better. I don’t begrudge them that but I am going to try to make sure I am voting with my wallet the right way.

            I sincerely hope I am proven wrong and that both series can exist side by side, as that means that I will get more great games, but I just don’t get the impression it’s sustainable nor there actual intention.

            again, this is just my opinion, but I really really do want to get fans of the main series thinking about this. Who knows, maybe if enough chatter about it is created the devs will speak up on the issue. I would love to have it thrown bakc in my face by a dev ensuring us it’s just a spin off and the original series will continue in the older wizardry-ish style. But till then I do want to raise awareness and discussion where I can of the issue.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Again I ask, what is there about one game that makes you think we are seeing a quantum shift? Just look at the responses here, folks who didn’t try EO before are willing to take a look at the series. Just as P3 and P4 brought folks in to the SMT universe who had not experienced it before.

            Finding new fans and growing a market is not bad. The days of niche games being able to support themselves into infinity are done. Even they are just too expensive to continue forward selling mere thousands to the exact same mere thousands who always bought them. The alternative is well no more games in our niche or titles done so much on the cheap with crap frame rates and specific design choices that not even most of the niche want anything to do with them. That is also something fans of any series must consider before voting with their dollars.

          • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

            You misunderstand the beauty of the EO series, it is in the simplicity. The series doesn’t need need voice acting and 40 different reaction shots for each PC and NPC and a full writing staff to write up and proofread all the lines of inter-character drama between the full cast of PCs and fancy graphics and animations and etc. the first game was successful without that, and that wasn’t so long ago as to be a completely different world. It was only 5 years ago, and it was so popular that it has resulted in an explosion of dungeon crawlers from the even more retro Dark Spire, two revivals of classics like Strange Journey, SMT IV and Soul Hackers to games by competitors like Unchained Blades and Class of Heroes (to not even name the many other dungeon crawlers I’ve read about on this very site).

            It’s the same world and if that niche was enough to explode dungeon crawlers back onto the gaming scene, I don’t think that niche is too small to carry the EO brand now. Especially as it’s not like Atlus isn’t making and release OTHER heavily story-based dungeon crawlers.

            Again, I doubt it will be a bad game. It’ll probably be a good game, maybe even a great game! but it won’t, amongst all the other dungeon crawlers on the market, be as an original game as the more wizardry-ish games.

            Personally I see things the opposite from you. The world is growing, that means niches are growing. Maybe a niche title won’t be a AAA game. Honestly, I don’t particularly want to see EO series as a AAA game. What’s more EO isn’t the only dungeon crawler series on the market, if their experiment with a story based EO game fails, quitting on the series, especially considering it’s history, would be stupid.

            I don’t see the EO series as being in much danger, it’s had four successful games, it seems to be doing well for itself. Honestly, again, this seems like an experiment: “How much can we get this to appeal to a wider audience while still appealing to the niche?”. For me, this is it, I don’t want to see EO go this direction, I think there are many others who don’t too. I feel the only way I can make sure my voice is heard on the issue is by voting with my wallets.

            Again, maybe I will be proven wrong and the devs will speak out saying they plan on continuing bother series in parallel, but until that point, like I said, I feel the need to speak out on the issue.

          • Exkaiser

            “Shin,” and “Shin” are two different words. One means True, as in the case of SMT, and the other means New, as in the case of Etrian Odyssey.

          • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

            …Yup, I was completely wrong there “new/fresh/novel/recent/latest/modern” is the proper reading. I can’t actually read Kanji so I was just going off the romanji people were posting…

            Still, I don’t get how the title sounds like any thing other than “This is the NEW Etrain Odyssey, effectively re-branding itself….”

          • biskmater

            problem is, by the time you know for sure, your purchase will likely no longer have as much meaning, will it? Regardless I tried IV and don’t regret it, I am liking the characters for this one anyway, so whatever route the games take means nothing to me.

          • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

            I don’t mean to sound like a jerk, but my ‘rallying cry’ doesn’t seem to be for you, it’s aimed at people who are really attached to the aspects of the game that are different in the entry.

            Also you miss the point, as a long time fan of the series, it’s my lack of purchase that is what I’m trying to make a point with. Given, I by myself, if I buy it or not is meaningless. But if there are many people who feel the same way I do, and they all don’t purchase the game, that will be a statement that they won’t be able to ignore.

          • biskmater

            Sure enough, I am familiar with the art of the… boycott, shall we call it? I just hope we newbies don’t cancel you out, as I hear, that some, much like myself took to the game hearing of a casual mode, that we won’t die with every three steps (maybe five) we take in the labyrinths.
            But no, I don’t think you are jerk, I am just some dude casually strolling through a place that is important to you, kind of like Ayers rock I suppose.
            I am just one those people who is not got good at role-play, I consider myself more of a director that has to make sure five morons follow the script without getting themselves killed,
            So, seeing as our objectives are not necessarily opposing, I wish luck to the both of us.

          • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

            Thanks, I too would never begrudge someone a game they enjoyed, so even if it’s not exactly what I hoped for, I’m glad people who do really like it will get to play it and even if things don’t go my way, I take solace in the fact that for some people, it did. None of which means I’ll fight any less hard for my side, but I do try to be respectful.

            Anyways, especially with a situation like this, I wish the best of luck to both of us, that being that both series can continue on parallel to each other, even if I feel that end is not very likely.

  • http://crono-trigger.tumblr.com/ SilverCrono

    Actually looks pretty good. I like the new direction. Hopefully this game turns out well.

  • Zepp

    Etrian Odyssey IV has not even gotten to the shops in the uk yet

  • Shane Guidaboni

    Just poking some fun on how I think people will act when this game drops :) http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3trls0/

    • M’iau M’iaut

      That meme would be more effective if it was grumpy cat.

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