The latest issue of Famitsu reveals new details about Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Atlus’ upcoming dungeon crawler for 3DS, indicating that its Etrian Odyssey roots extend as far as the inclusion of Field On Enemy-type (F.O.E.) adversaries, as well as the series’ iconic cartography mechanics.
As in Etrian Odyssey, F.O.E. enemies, which in Japanese is derived from Greek and stands for “Physis Oikein Eidolon,” far outclass the normal Shadows you’ll encounter while traversing dungeons. Although defeating one yields great rewards, it’s said that they’re best left alone until your party can confidently take it on. Unlike conventional Shadows, F.O.E. enemies appear on the dungeon floor as you walk around, making it possible to avoid them with careful planning using the dungeon layouts at hand. That being said, Famitsu notes that the difficulty level in Persona Q can be altered at any time, ensuring that no hurdle is ultimately too great for players.
The map-making, meanwhile, should be familiar to most anybody who’s previously played an Etrian Odyssey game. Using the bottom screen, you can meticulously plot out the layout of dungeon floors as you explore, drawing walls and placing icons down on tiles as you discover relevant landmarks. This enables you to efficiently return to areas for future trips and focus on pure questing. For newcomers intimidated by the feature, rest assured, as Famitsu points out that there are handy tutorials designed to walk players through the ropes, as well as an auto-mapping feature that can be turned on for those who simply don’t want to concern themselves with map-making at all.
Famitsu also announced a 10,590 yen Famitsu DX-branded special edition of Persona Q that can be pre-ordered online at Atlus’ D Shop website. In addition to the game itself, the pack includes:
- A B2-sized tapestry drawn by the anime cutscene staff
- A poster drawn by Atlus
- A five-piece clear paper filer set
- A mug
- A papercraft version of Persona newcomer Rei
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is due out for 3DS on June 5 in Japan and this fall in North America.