You Can Play New Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Maiden With Your Own Characters

By Sato . April 17, 2013 . 11:00pm

New Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Maiden is a remake of the first Etrian Odyssey game, where you’ll get to relive the adventure with a stronger focus on story and characters. While New Etrian Odyssey has fixed characters, this week’s Famitsu magazine reveals that you’ll also have the option to play through the game with your very own characters, in Classic Mode.


In New Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Maiden, you’ll get to pick between two main modes. Story Mode will have you play as the five characters we’ve introduced, where you’ll get to experience their dramatic adventure. The other option is Classic Mode, which allows you to play as the characters you’ve created from start to end.


As for personal options, you’ll be able to choose between live performed music and FM audio (synthesized tracks), all composed by Yuzo Koshiro, who has worked on all the previous Etrian Odyssey titles.


There are also three difficulty settings to pick:

  • Picnic: A relaxing and fun mode, with less intense battles. Certain items can be used an infinite amount of times, making it easier for beginners.
  • Standard: The regular Etrian Odyssey challenge you’ve grown accustomed to, which is still challenging.
  • Expert: This mode is for the players that want to take it to the next level. Enemies are much stronger, making it them that much more satisfying to defeat.


The optional BGM and difficulty levels can be changed at any time during the game. In addition to these personal options, you’ll also get to customize your party member abilities with the “Grimoire” feature.


Character classes are restricted to their own set of skills, but using Grimoire will allow them to further branch out their abilities. Grimoire are rocks that contain skills from other classes, which can then be equipped on any character to teach them those skills. They can be obtained through a “Grimoire Chance” that occurs during battles.


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

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  • Jungo

    So… it’s basically perfect, then? There’s basically no downside now: it’s a remake of the original with the new stuff, the option of plot vs. own team, skill customization, and three difficulties? Sounds amazing to me.

    • That was my first thought too: “perfection”

  • Ashurei

    You know, I was really upset about the plot focus at first; not being able to pick a party and all that. Now this news comes out after I’ve warmed up to the idea of the cast and everything and I don’t see myself playing it through a la EO of old. Maybe on a replay in expert mode or something, but I still want to give the new thing a go. I’m pretty jazzed about it, really. Nice of them to alleviate fears of alienating the worried among the longtime fanbase, though. :)

  • Lazulis

    Now people don’t have to whine about how it’s all ruined because of fixed characters. This sounds amazing so far, and I hope this get’s localized

    • NorthernPatches

      True, now the full panic mode the fans shifted in after the initial announcement of the story focus can now chill out since its entirely optional.

    • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

      Now people don’t have to whine about how it’s all terrible because of create-your-own characters. They’ve added a mode where you can play through the game with a fixed cast.

  • AkuLord3

    So the downside worries aren’t there anymore…damn it Atlus why?…clever bastards. But man…Story and Classic, a harder difficulty (for those who thought EO4 was a bit easy), a choice between the FM or Live music and the Grimorie bit for more class making…
    Oh Atlus i know i don’t have to worry about it coming over but i REALLY hope that it is

  • _Accelerate_

    So were they just testing the waters when they announced everything horrible like “This is your only party” and “Here’s this cliched anime-like story”? If so, well done. I’m glad they fixed things.

    • Zeik56

      It seems pretty clear all these features were planned from the start. They didn’t “fix” anything, they just revealed more about the game.

    • Kelohmello

      Consider the fact that Etrian Odyssey 4 JUST came out, it’s been less than a year since its japanese release, and this is just a spinoff game. I really don’t see what you have to complain about, it’s a new Etrian Odyssey coming out way faster than a standard game in the series would.

  • XypherCode

    Sounds great! Can’t wait for Atlus USA to announce this. Hopefully by the end of the year. xD

  • So, if we play classic mode, will the story be dumbed down as well?

    • AuraGuyChris

      “Look, just go to this cave and shut up. Have fun!”

  • Wafflenaut

    Never thought I would see the day when I’d have to pick which dub I wanted in an EO game. That said, I’m pumped for this, as I have yet to play EO1.

  • Adam Zaorski

    Good news! Classic mode here I come.

  • psycho_bandaid

    God tier. I will be there with the money, Atlus. Just give me the price and a NA release date.

  • pimpalicious

    Nice, maybe I’ll play through this one twice.

  • Pockystix

    this is good news

    but does the classic mode just not have a story at all? Or is it more akin to say; DQIX, where the focus is more on the adventure, and the episodic tales of the world, rather than you. .. 100% of the time, at least.

    I guess it would be sad to not get any story for your own team.

  • anarchy_panty

    Aaaaaaand sold. Take my money, Atlus,

  • See, this is why I said not to worry and wait for more news guys. Now we can all celebrate together :p

  • riceisnice

    This is the coolest beans since beans were invented!

  • Istillduno

    Honestly it’s more of a suprise that anyone doubted that you would be able to.

    A little weird that they put it in another mode rather than just letting you make and use them alongside/instead of the main cast Disgaea style, but this works too.

  • OMG. Back to wanting it. :’D Yay.

  • MikeTxn

    Optional story/classic mode, optional easier/harder difficulty, optional original/arrangement audio.

    This is an everybody wins situation.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    All the naysayers are eating their hats now :)

  • Pichi

    Everyone is happy, well done Atlus.

  • Kelohmello

    I already wanted this game, original characters or not. But now you’re telling me I can choose between the 8-bit and live versions of the soundtrack, and Yuzo Koshiro is still working his magic on this series’ music? Godlike. I want this even more now. Gimme.

  • Natat

    A -harder- Etrian Odyssey 1… I… have… to try it.

  • Zenthos

    Atlus always knows how to cater to all audiences.

  • Exkaiser

    Story Mode vs Original mode is cool and all, but I’m most interested in the BGM toggle. Love Koshiro’s FM stuff, and I kind of missed it in IV.

  • Rogerrmark

    Fixed party side x Custom party side fights will be no more.

    Etrian Odyssey’s team probably read Siliconera comments.

    • Guest

      Which I’m perfectly fine with,lol.

  • No wonder Komori’s been working on this for two years.

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

    I’m very pleased to hear about this! I was feeling bad I might end up skipping an entry in the series, but with this I can feel safe buying it. Than said, I certainly don’t feel bad for doubting the game based on the revealed information. Even a company I love isn’t above being doubt for going somewhere strange.

  • Definitely going to make this my first Etrian Odyssey game.

  • Hughe Vang

    And the fandom rejoiced.

  • JohnNiles

    I reckon a picnic in Etrian Odyssey involves killer deer and butterflies…

  • Insigma

    ATLUS, you really know how to cater to your fans~

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