Up until now, we've only heard about a tentative Summer 2015 release for Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight in North America. Atlus has now announced that the game has a finalized release date: August 4.
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.
As far as new details about the game go, Atlus has released a new video showcasing the new cooking option available in the game. Shortly into your adventures (in either Story or Classic mode), you'll be asked to help out Regina in the finest cafe in all of High Lagaard. The legendary cook Apicius left his books of recipes in the labyrinth, and Regina wants your help in finding them and preparing them. The problem, though, is that he didn't do that great of a job listing exactly what ingredients make up the meals, so you'll have to decipher what they are and create them successfully. For your troubles, you'll get access to valuable buffs that will help you in the labyrinth.
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. There will also be three Nintendo 3DS themes, with the first being released on July 14.
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight will be released on August 4 in North America in both retail and digital format via the Nintendo eShop for $49.99.