Prior to the run up to Etrian Odyssey Untold's release, Atlus released a demo in advance of the game's release. For those wondering if Atlus would do the same for the follow-up you're in luck, as the publisher has announced North American players can download the demo starting July 14.
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.
This news about the demo also comes with information about the recipient of the Protector class in the new story mode: Bertand. The Protector class is a staple in the Etrian Odyssey series and is generally know as the "tank" type of character as their main goal is to draw enemy's attacks towards them and lessen the damage your other party members take.
One bonus to Bertand, who joins you early on in the new Ginnungagap Ruins area, along with the War Magus Chloe, is that he can also learn skills with heals himself and allies as well. He does have some offensive capabilities, but his main aim is to provide defense to the party. As for the demo, your progress will carry over to the full version of the game and will let you explore the starting dungeon floor of the story mode portion of the game.
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. NIS America will be handling the European release, which will release in that territory on February 12, 2016.