Atlus continues to surprise me as they’ve been making hit after hit for many years, many of which go on to become rare oddities and obscure gems. Even though the Switch is starting to get its bearings, Atlus won’t let the 3DS go just yet as they’ve officially announced three games on the way. All three are role-playing games, each with their signature Atuls style. Plus this is the first time these titles are getting localized outside of Japan. Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux are all coming to the 3DS.
Let’s break each of these down as there is a lot to cover. Starting with Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond Myth, players will be able to map out dungeons once again in the next entry to this beloved series. Atop the legendary Yggdrasil Tree is said to be the ability to grant any wish. The adventurer must brave countless perils to reach their goal, encountering all sorts of monsters, treasures, and traps along the way.
For those unfamiliar with the series, Etrian Odyssey is a hardcore dungeon crawler that has the player exploring areas in a first-person view. The series hits all the notes of classic PC RPGs with a hint of challenge that can be refreshing and easy to pick up intermittently.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond Myth is coming to 3DS in the fall of 2017. More information is available on the official website.
On the original DS, Radiant Historia, a well-praised RPG made a splash in the last years of the console’s lifecycle. Coming out in 2017, this new port will be an expanded port of the classic title, featuring added content, updated presentation, and new ways to experience the epic adventure. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology will have players returning to its world, tasked with wielding the time traveling power of the White Chronicle.
I never got far enough to comfortably discuss Radiant Historia, but from what I have played, it was easy to see just how much care went into it. The DS game has been featured countless times as a hidden gem, making it highly collectible. This remake seeks to bring the classic to a whole new audience with added content, so it’s a win in my opinion.
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is coming in early 2018. There is more information on the official website.
Lastly, we have Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, another port of a classic DS title. With Persona 5 getting excellent reviews, it only makes sense to make these other titles in the expanded franchise more available. Players will be a part of a special task force who are ordered to find the source to a spatial distortion in Antarctica. Of course, this means a flood of powerful demons threatening to destroy the entire planet if left unchecked. Donning the Demonica once again, players can expect new story elements, additional endings, a new dungeon, and a return to this sci-fi flavored dungeon crawler.
Shin Megami Tensei has always been filled with style and challenge, with the higher difficulties providing plenty for hardcore players. Fans of the Persona series will also see many familiar monsters and fans of the original Strange Journey will have even more content to explore. Once again, this makes a game that many might have missed more available, which is awesome for general RPG fans and Shin Megami Tensei games alike.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux is also coming to 3DS in early 2018. Check out the official website for more information.
These three titles shows that Atlus is continuously supportive of bringing these more obscure titles to worldwide audiences. Nothing makes me happier than seeing more of these games being more available, as there are many titles over the years I’ve missed out on, just because they didn’t get published outside of Japan. Putting them on 3DS just means there are millions of people that could find a new favorite.
Classy Atlus, classy.