Publisher Atlus has dropped the names of two new games in the works. Both of those are Etrian Odyssey titles.
For the first, Etrian Odyssey and the Mystery Dungeon, the company has already put out a trailer that gives away some gameplay info. This iteration will work as a top-down dungeon crawler.
Players control a party of different characters, in smoothed out, deformed art styles. Combat will take place on a grid pattern, though it is possible to move diagonally as well, which is seen in party formation changes.
There are captured special attacks with some flashy effects. During travels, the party will also encounter other characters in the mazes they run through.
On the touch screen, it’s possible to see a map of what rooms and corridors have been explored. Moreover, a turn bar on the top indicates which character moves next in the turn-based battles.
Etrian Odyssey and the Mystery Dungeon is coming to Nintendo 3DS and is said to be for fans who have played the games extensively. It will release in Japan on March 5, 2015.
Atlus’ second reveal is Etrian Odyssey V, the continuation of the series, after a few reiterations. There are, however, few details to be found here, except for staff members, which are mostly the same as past releases.
Etrian Odyssey and the Mystery Dungeon and Etrian Odyssey V will have mostly the same core team. Shigeo Komori will produce the former and direct the latter.
Yuji Himukai will provide art design for both titles, while Shin Nagasawa will be in charge for monsters on both versions. Long-time composer Yuzo Koshiro will work on both these games as well.
There are no localization plans just yet, but publisher NIS America has been kind with the previous titles, so hopefully it will provide the service here as well.