Atlus has released a new trailer focusing on the story in the upcoming Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl which quickly demonstrates how much has changed since the first Etrian Odyssey title.
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is an upcoming Nintendo 3DS roleplaying game that serves both as a remake of the first Etrian Odyssey and also as something of a sequel to that title. The series began its life on the Nintendo DS, and as long-time fans will gather from this trailer, the increased power and storage capacity of the 3DS allows Atlus to deliver a new version of that first game which massively outstrips its predecessor. Not only will the new title offer a more comprehensive story, fleshed out by nicely animated cutscenes, but it also increases the overall scope of what players will see and do.
If it seems overly strange that I'm so surprised by all of this, you probably haven't played any of the Etrian Odyssey titles to date. While the roleplaying game genre traditionally relies very heavily on telling deep stories, the Etrian Odyssey franchise has always been more focused on the mechanics of dungeon crawling. Each entry in the series tells its own tale, and they're certainly not bad stories, but moreso than in most RPGs it's perfectly acceptable to gloss over the plot in favor of entertaining yourself by exploring the game's random dungeons, mapping out forgotten ruins or simply killing monsters until your character's important stats climb a few more notches.
Whether this increased focused on storytelling proves a boon for Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl remains to be seen, but as long as Atlus can continue to deliver the same level of massively deep exploration mechanics, long-time fans of the series should be happy. We've got our fingers crossed that all of the cutscenes and fantasy tropes featured in this trailer are merely icing on the delicious Etrian Odyssey-flavored cake we've come to expect from the publisher.
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is slated to hit retail shelves on October 1.