Odin Sphere Leifthrasir's Shadow Knight Oswald Returns In A New Trailer

By Shawn Collier on April 27, 2016, 9:16PM EDT

Atlus and Vanillaware's overhaul of the PS2 classic Odin Sphere, in the form of Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, is set to release in June in North America. And in the lead-up to that release date, Atlus has released a new trailer showcasing the Shadow Knight, Oswald.

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is a total overhaul of the original PS2 game. From completely hand-redrawn graphics and refined gameplay mechanics to optimizations for the release consoles, the game fully encapsulates an artfully elegant tale steeped in Norse mythology with all the makings of a tragic opera. The five main characters each traverse their own storylines, be it as friends, lovers, or mortal enemies, punctuated with sharp, precise combat against fantastical enemies and dragons - Odin Sphere Leifthrasir gives players the sensation of playing in a fairytale of Wagnerian proportions as the main characters all vie to regain stability in their world of warring kingdoms.

As you can tell from his appearance in the trailer and the screenshots, he's slightly different than most of the other cast present in the game. He's a warrior who's prone to extreme violence and cruelness, being the most powerful soldier in the Ringford army. At first, Oswald serves Melvin, the eventual usurper of the Ringford throne, but a series of events leads him to serve Queen Odette, the ruler of the Netherworld, in exchange for a cure to a mysterious weakness. But, will the Demon Lord Odin convince him to fight for him instead in exchange for a castle, a spear, and Gwendolyn?

Being a Shadow Knight he's one of the better combatants in the game, wielding the cursed red Psypher sword Belderive. And after activating berserker mode, he becomes even more powerful. He can use his Vile Rush skin to attack multiple enemies, as well as using his Rising Void skill to summon a giant black flame that draws in enemies and attacks them. Finally, his Dáinsleif ultimate attack causes him to unleash a dark frenzy upon his foes.

Exclusive to the PS4 version is a special "Storybook" edition of the game, which will be available only in limited quantities for $79.99/CA$99.99. But for all of the non-Storybook edition versions of the game, Atlus will be including a special gift in the form of a softcover version of the 64-page art book package separately, similar to what the publisher did for their release of Dragon's Crown.

In Europe, the game's release will be handled by NIS America who will release the game on June 24. It will be available in the normal variant, with the "Storybook" edition being available through their online store for purchase for £59.99.

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