New boss fights.
a classic mode if you don't want the new stuff.
Odin Sphere Leifdrasir drops in Japan on January 16, 2016, and comes with a sweet-ass art book.
I should buy a lottery ticket, because my dreams are coming true.
Here, have a gorgeous, opulent trailer.
You'll notice a ton of cool stuff in that trailer that never existed in Odin Sphere - in fact, all of the gameplay shown is new. Using magic potions to break down walls, the amount of platforming shown, every new boss, every bit of combat and magic shown are new mechanics. Like, for example, all of this:
|Note how the POW gauge drops when Velvet and Mercedes use those new specials.|
Here, have sixteen minutes of lower-res gameplay, which shows off a lot of Leifdrasir's changes. Levels have different shapes on the minimap, for example, and you see Gwendolyn releasing phozons (bits of souls) from her weapon to feed the small garden she plants.
Here, have the only direct-feed screens that have been made available at this early date. They're through Famitsu so they're pretty small.
|New environment! New enemy!|
|This guy's new.|
|Odin Sphere's opening scene with a glorious sheen of sharpness.|
Now... this probably goes without saying, dear reader, but I am so incredibly happy about this news. Given that it's Atlus, we'll almost-definitely see a localization, and... Odin Sphere is one of my favorite games of all time. If you aren't familiar with the title, please click here, and note that the PS2 Classic version on PSN for PS3 is excellent.
Even with its (terribly simple) combat and drawn-out campaign, I've called Odin Sphere "chicken soup for my gamer's soul" - and the very thought of having Vanillaware's three gems (Odin Sphere, Muramasa and Dragon's Crown) on a single page in my Vita's UI sets my heart all a-twitter.
I will play this thing into the ground, and probably import the Vita release on general principle.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, Leifdrasir is a modernized spelling of Lífþrasir, one of the two humans who are prophesized to survive Ragnarok, and repopulate the Earth. (Odin Sphere's plot is a wonderfully imaginative and operatic retelling of the story of Ragnarok.)