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Atlus Launches Series of Etrian Odyssey III Video Shorts; First Entry Tells a Story or Two

Inaugural video a storied one.

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- JUNE 23, 2010 -- Atlus U.S.A., Inc., the only publisher bold enough to venture into the unknown with a party made up solely of farmers, today launched a series of video shorts for the upcoming exploration RPG Etrian Odyssey™III: The Drowned City for Nintendo DS™. The series of video shorts, each of which will address unique aspects and new features found in the game, begins with its focus on the story and premise behind Etrian Odyssey III.

"Etrian Odyssey III, much like the RPG classics it pays tribute to, is as much about the player making a story all their own as it is a journey of exploration and discovery," stated Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales at Atlus. "Adventurers begin in Armoroad, a sparkling oceanic paradise filled with atmospheric dungeons to chart and survey, vast watery expanses to sail across, and rumors of a sunken city to investigate. While their travels will bring them across a number of engaging quests, exciting events, and shocking revelations about the world around them, a large part of what will make their voyage memorable will be their unique, custom party of characters. I'll never forget '1st2Die', my severely combat-challenged monk who never lasted long enough in battle to actually heal anybody. He was such a jerk."

In addition to the "What's Your Story" short, future videos will address core topics like character creation and customization, exploration, combat, quests, and much more. Look for additional video shorts in the coming weeks!

Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City is scheduled to release September 21, 2010 for Nintendo DS. For more information, visit the official website at http://www.Atlus.com/etrian3.

About Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City

Off tranquil ocean shores, far below the surface of the sea, the city of Armoroad bears a secret. Rumor suggests that this coastal metropolis is less than it once was; much of it, they whisper, was lost to the unforgiving waters. Will you assemble and train a team of explorers to uncover once and for all what really lies beneath, or will you succumb to the innumerable dangers hidden in the abyssal depths?

Key Features
Create your unique team -- A system of 10 new classes and sub-classes and a wealth of proprietary skills make developing the optimal party absorbing, tactical, and rewarding. A maximum of 30 possible member slots provide plenty of room to experiment. You decide where to apply members' skill points: will you invest in sword mastery or learn a new healing spell?
Live and die by your map(-making) -- When danger lurks around every corner, it is imperative to keep track of where you have been and what you found there. The streamlined map maker lets you draw paths, paint in terrain, and drag and drop icons. Watch the map grow bigger and more detailed under your hands as you capture every door, map, set of stairs, and secret pathway.
Adventure in the high seas -- The ocean becomes a new stage for exploration as you take to the city of Armoroad to uncover the secret of why half of this once vibrant and technologically advanced metropolis sunk below the waves. Sail your ship, chart the ocean map, sink enemy vessels, and take on seagoing FOEs on your way to playing out one of three possible endings.
Wirelessly share with friends -- Up to 5 friends can team up in special combat challenges over a local wireless connection to take down the toughest monsters living in the ocean. Additional options let you wirelessly trade items.
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City has been rated "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older) with Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Language, Mild Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes by the ESRB.

About Atlus U.S.A., Inc.
Located in Irvine, California and founded in 1991, Atlus U.S.A., Inc. is renowned for its proud tradition of publishing exceptional role-playing games with strong niche appeal. The Atlus library of critically acclaimed video games includes Demon's Souls, Odin Sphere, the Trauma Center series, and the award-winning Shin Megami Tensei series. For more information, visit http://www.Atlus.com.

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