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.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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