Atlus’ latest permutation of its dungeon crawler series, Etrian Odyssey, will be coming to the Nintendo DS this fall.

“The Etrian Odyssey series is renowned for successfully marrying deep roleplaying gameplay with a grand sense of adventure and the thrill of the unknown,” said Aram Jabbari, Manager of PR and Sales at Atlus. “The Drowned City, the third chapter in the fan-favorite franchise, takes the established exploration RPG gameplay to exciting new frontiers.”

Drowned City, eh? Gee. Do you think the game’s environment is going to be somewhat “sea based?” All smarminess aside, Etrian Odyssey III will continue to build on the franchise’s reputation for in-depth character building and management. There are 10 new classes and sub-classes, and a huge number of skills to learn.

Atlus also promises that Etrian Odyssey III will have a wireless local multiplayer mode. Up to five gamers are able to team up for “special combat challenges” in order to take down some of the tougher beasts in the game. Players will also be able to wirelessly trade items with one another via a local connection.

For more on Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City, check out the official site.

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