It’s nice to get extras with your games. It’s even better when those extras are free. Atlus has decided to play Santa early and include a poster with every launch copy of Etrian Odyssey III.
Atlus U.S.A., Inc., the little publisher that could, today revealed that free inside each and every launch copy of Etrian Odyssey™III: The Drowned City, the upcoming third chapter in the acclaimed series of exploration RPGs for Nintendo DS™, fans could expect to find a collectible “Explorer’s Poster.” The unexpected, previously unannounced bonus is a full-color, two-sided affair: on one, a lush collage of characters set against the crystal blue backdrop of Armoroad’s seas. On the other, skill trees for all of the starting character classes, offering fledgling adventurers invaluable insight for their crucial initial customization decisions.
“We could use this space to offer up a self-congratulatory quote about the fact that we’re giving our fans a free surprise with their copies of Etrian Odyssey III,” mused Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales at Atlus. “We could go on about how we’ve just added even more incentive and value for anyone who picks up The Drowned City, on top of the existing pre-order bonus at participating retailers. You know, the one that gets you “Forests Of Eternity,” a 60-page, full-color art book with designs and sketches spanning the entire Etrian Odyssey series? We could talk about how all these extras only serve to complement the best Etrian Odyssey game yet, a deep handheld RPG with hours upon hours of satisfying exploration and rewarding character customization. But that kind of boasting wouldn’t be our style,” he concluded, polishing an apple on his jerkin whilst leaning on his fine mahogany mantel.
The dual-sided “Explorer’s Poster” is included free inside each and every launch copy of Etrian Odyssey III; customers with existing orders need not make any changes in order to receive the bonus. “Forests Of Eternity,” the official Etrian Odyssey III pre-order bonus art book, is only available from participating retailers while supplies last.
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City is scheduled to release September 21, 2010 for Nintendo DS.
Atlus certainly knows how to treat their fans right. If you enjoy tough dungeon crawlers, then be sure to check this out.