Much like the first Untold game, this entry is essentially two games in one as it includes both a Nintendo 3DS update to the original Etrian Odyssey 2: Heroes of Lagaard with new dungeon layouts, graphics and system improvements that were first featured in the first Etrian Odyssey Untold in the Classic mode. The second part is the Untold portion which includes a brand-new story mode with a fixed party, voiced dialogue and animated cutscenes that follows the bittersweet tale of the Fafnir Knight, Princess Arianna, Flavio - another hero of the Midgard Library - and the two adventurers, Bertrand and Chloe. The five meet while exploring the Ginnungagap ruins, and then after misfortune unfolds, they venture back and forth between the Yggdrasil Labyrinth and Ginnungagap, slowly working their way to discovering the origins of the Fafnir Knight.
The twist with the new Fafnir class is that the hero has the ability to switch between his human and a beastly demonic form which enhances his abilities and attributes and is exclusive to the Untold portion of the game. Untold 2 also includes changes to the Grimoire system from the first game which some players had issues with due to its implementation to make it easier to use and understand. The easier Picnic difficulty featured in the original Untold game also carries over into this version.
Arianna, the Princess of Caledonia, is one of the five party members in Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold's Story mode. For those who are Etrian Odyssey veterans, she's modeled after the Sovereign class that made its debut in Etrian Odyssey III. And true to that game's class, she has a strong balance of defensive and support-based abilities, specifically towards passive healing.
As the Princess of Caledonia, Arianna must trek to ancient, mysterious ruins and complete a ritual to fulfill a royal tradition to save her kingdom. The abandoned ruins have become a home to a horde of dangerous monsters however, and your party will need to rely on Arianna for support in order to complete her royal quest!
All initial copies of the game at retail will include an official staff book filled with 22 pages of artwork, including early drafts of character concepts, introductions to the characters, with both explanations of their individual back stories as well as developer insight to the character creation process, and QR Codes that will unlock some beginner-friendly Grimoire Stones. The second bonus is a CD soundtrack filled with early versions of the EO2U music by series composer, Yuzo Koshiro.
And speaking of those Nintendo 3DS themes, Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold will get not just one but three different themes. The Story, Classic, and CafÃ© themes will all be available for 99 cents (CA $1.29) each, starting with the first theme's release on July 14 and the other themes rolling out on a weekly basis following that date. And for those pre-ordering the game through GameStop, you'll get a free code to redeem for the Story theme.
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight will be released later this summer in North America in both retail and digital format via the Nintendo eShop for $49.99.