[E3 2010] Etrian Odyssey III and Knights in the Nightmare PSP Due This Fall

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Atlus USA keeps on crankin’ out the portable RPG goodness, using the spectacle of E3 this week to shine the light on Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City for DS and Knights in the Nightmare for PSP. Both will ship this fall.

Etrian Odyssey III promises to redefine the exploration RPG gameplay the series has become so highly regarded for, whisking players away to the seaside metropolis of Armoroad to discover why the city has been sinking into the ocean. This new locale brings with it the introduction of navel travel and oceanic cartography, and 10 new classes and sub-classes will be available for even deeper party creation and management. Multiplayer is another key addition, allowing up to five players to party up via local wireless connection to complete special combat missions and trade items.

“The Etrian Odyssey series is renowned for successfully marrying deep roleplaying gameplay with a grand sense of adventure and the thrill of the unknown,” stated Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales at Atlus. “The Drowned City, the third chapter in the fan-favorite franchise, takes the established exploration RPG gameplay–a loving tribute to classic pen-and-paper and PC entries in the genre–to exciting new frontiers. The seas off the coast of the city of Armoroad offer an exciting, mysterious unknown, filled with hidden dangers and bountiful treasures. With an entirely new host of character classes to customize and train, the addition of naval travel and exploration, and the unprecented introduction of cooperative local multiplayer content, Etrian Odyssey III isn’t content to simply continue the series; it seeks to redefine it.”

Also due in the fall — October 19th more specifically, and simultaneously on UMD and PSN — is a remastered PSP version of Sting’s DS title Knights in the Nightmare, which combines elements of RPG, strategy and “Bullet-Hell” shooters into one truly unique gameplay experience. On top of the expected graphics and audio enhancements, the new PSP version will also feature expanded narrative depth and replay value in the form of a third playable character, Princess Yggdra. To help ease up the learning curve for PSP newcomers, Sting is also incorporating an even deeper tutorial system.

“We’re proud to bring one of the most unique roleplaying experiences in recent memory to PSP system this fall,” commented Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales. “The many improvements this new version brings aside, Knights in the Nightmare, at its core, is one of those must-play gaming experiences, combining sumptuous 2D art and animations, a moving story, and some of the most novel combat mechanics ever into an irresistible portable package.”

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