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.