Today Atlus has sent out an email/newsletter to the members of the Atlus Faithful informing them of a fact that will likely draw in more people to play the newest title in the Etrian Odyssey series. The fact they informed us of is simple: There will be a demo coming out Feburary 7, 2013 that will allow those interested in the game to play a good portion of the beginning.
This demo has a bit of an interesting hook, however. Most demos (that I've seen, anyway) only let you play select portions, then when you get the game, you have to replay said portions. Etrian Odyssey IV, however, will circumvent that. Indeed, the newest game in the series will allow you to pick up right where you left off from the demo if you decide to purchase any version of the game, meaning you won't have to replay the beginning of the game. "Surely there's a catch," many may be thinking to themselves, "like a price on the demo or a cost to unlock and use the save file...". If you're one of those thinking this, then you are incorrect. The demo and this feature are both completely free of charge.
For those that don't know, the Etrian Odyssey series is a series of 3D Dungeon Crawler RPGs. The original game received fairly average scores, however both sequels had better receptions. The only real complaint people had about the third game in the series was that it was "Too difficult". Each of the games features a wide variety of classes to choose from, and each class has their own unique benefits for the team.
Etrian Odyssey IV will address the issue of the third game, featuring a brand new Casual mode that everybody should be able to enjoy. In addition to the 3D and new classes and skills, Etrian Odyssey IV will even feature a new mode that will allow you to explore even more. Specifically you will be able to explore the skies and thus find new caves to explore in a new skyship.
If you enjoyed the previous games of the series, then on Feburary 7, you may want to check out the demo at the very least. And since the demo has the added benefit, there's little reason not to if you intend to pick up the game at any point.