Publisher Atlus has announced a sequel to cult 2007 title Etrian Odyssey
in the form of first-person dungeon crawling follow-up Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard
- to debut on Nintendo DS this June.
Continuing what Atlus describes as "one of the genre's purest experiences", this sequel builds upon the original cult DS title with more diverse areas to explore, new character classes, more fiendish FOEs, and an improved mapping system.
Etrian Odyssey II
also boasts a notable Japanese development team, led by director Shigeo Komori (scenario designer; Etrian Odyssey, Odin Sphere
Composer Yuzo Koshiro (The Revenge of Shinobi, Streets of Rage, Etrian Odyssey
) returns for Heroes of Lagaard
, in addition to character designer Yuji Himukai and monster designer Shin Nagasawa, who both worked on the original Etrian Odyssey
The original DS version of Etrian Odyssey
debuted in May 2007 to some positive reviews
, with 1UP commenting that "its punishing difficulty and very deliberate pacing may turn off younger gamers who grew up on flashier roleplayers... but it offers a real sense of wonder and a sense of accomplishment." Atlus has confirmed its sequel for North American release on June 17th, 2008.