Atlus will single handedly ensure that the 3DS never dies.
In 2018, the 3DS will be in its eighth year on the market. At that point in its life, it should be winding down- and by all accounts, it will be. Except, Atlus doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo. They will be releasing a whole spate of games for the system in 2018- The Alliance Alive, Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey, Radiant Historia, Persona Q2, and now, apparently, a brand new Etrian Odyssey game, too.
Contrary to what you might expect, the new game will not be Etrian Odyssey Untold 3, although it is expected to be the ‘culmination’ of the franchise. It will have loads of mapping, enough that series director Shigeo Komori jokes that players will become sick of it.
What this game might be, then, remains to be seen. Perhaps a final entry in the franchise? With the two screened 3DS on the way out, and the Switch only having one screen, no hardware exists to host future games in the series- maybe Etrian Odyssey will be riding into the sunset with this game.