It's official, it's being released in the US! Etrian Odyssey 4 is, obviously, the fourth installment of Atlus' old school RPG series, Etrian Odyssey. 1-3 were all DS-exclusive -- they kind of have to be given how they work -- and 4 is presumably going to be 3DS-exclusive. What is EO? Why should I care? EO is what you wanted Wizardry to be when you were growing up. You roll a party of five adventurers, any class combination, you want, and explore a dungeon. You find a party makeup that works, make your own map, and venture into your own messy death. EO is not a roguelike. Dying is not part of the game. Well, it is -- you are going to die, a LOT, because it's very hard. But you are intended to try to avoid death and death will cost you any progress made since your last save. What's going to kill me? Everything. Everything is going to kill you. The monsters are no joke, even the regular ones. But besides regular monsters, there are also special ones, called FOEs. They are visible on the map, unlike regular monsters. Some of them sit still. Some of them patrol a path. Most of them will chase you if they see you. They will all fuck your shit up badly if they catch you. Usually you aren't meant to kill them when you first see them. There are also events in particular places throughout the dungeon. Some are good, some are bad. Often you won't know which is which until you choose whether to investigate. You mentioned maps. I did. You may recall being expected to get out the graph paper when you played Wizardry, and draw your own maps. EO is like that, except you don't need graph paper. Thanks to the DS' touchscreen, you can draw your map directly on there. (It's quantized to a grid.) Besides walls and ground, you can annotate the map to indicate chests, FOEs, traps, etc. I think this feature is very cool, and pretty distinctive. What do we know about EO4 specifically? Very little. It was just announced for early 2013. We know there's a sky ship or something and monsters are animated now. None of this really matters because who gives a shit about the story or any of that. Hopefully we'll hear more about the class system soon. Each game has been slightly different.