Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection includes HD versions of Etrian Odyssey I, II and III as they released on the DS. Fans of the franchise may be wondering why Atlus didn’t go with Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl and Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight, which were 3DS revamps of the originals. In a new interview with the dev team, we finally have an answer.

IGN had the chance to speak to the Etrian Odyssey team about their various decisions with Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection, including the decision to revisit the original DS releases. It turns out it all stems from the idea of starting fresh and welcoming new players.

For EO’s first foray onto modern platforms, we wanted to start at the true beginning of the series. Fans have been asking for ports of these classic games, and we also wanted to be able to introduce the series to new players who may never have had a chance to play the originals before. We wanted to focus on the core EO gameplay that the original three games provide. But we also know that modern gamers have certain expectations when it comes to the gameplay experience, so we updated a lot of the systems to be more in line with the series’ most recent releases like Etrian Odyssey Nexus. We think modern gamers will find the experience very user-friendly.

[Etrian Odyssey team]

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