Famitsu has gone live with an online preview of the recently announced Etrian Odyssey and the Mystery Dungeon for 3DS, a new collaboration between Atlus and Spike Chunsoft’s respective venerable RPG franchises.
Per the title and as reinforced by the reveal trailer, Etrian Odyssey and the Mystery Dungeon is mechanically a mash-up of sorts between the character customization options and overall setting of the Etrian Odyssey series and the roguelike dungeon-crawling gameplay of the Mystery Dungeon series. In practice, this means that players formulate their own parties of custom characters whose jobs and appearances can be freely selected. Naturally, different jobs bestow characters with different abilities to utilize as they go about their business during exploration.
These characters are then taken into randomly generated dungeons whereby the objective is to reach their inner depths. Only the leader of the party is directly controlled by the player, however, although the others will still attack and provide support. As has been the case with the Mystery Dungeon games from the very beginning, every time players take a turn, whether it’s move a space on the map, attack, or do some other action, enemies then proceed to take theirs and the cycle continues from there. As a result of the randomly generated layouts, each floor will also have different rooms that can be visited, with the overall scale of each area gradually getting bigger and bigger as players make progress.
Etrian Odyssey and the Mystery Dungeon is due out for 3DS on March 5 in Japan.