something like that :p
seems more like "Etrian Odyssey has been critically well reviewed but we can't get americans to buy it"
I personally really like the Etrian Odyssey series and I have to say the people saying this game is "omg hard" are either playing it on the max difficulty setting or have never played an EO game before.
I haven't gotten a chance to get super far into the game because my wife keeps making me do shit, but only real complaints so far are that 1. you might as well keep auto-map turned on because things you fill in by hand do not count towards map completion (and actually make it harder to do because you have no idea where you've been and not) and 2. the sub-persona menu is kind of awkward to use
There's no Social Links, if you liked those, but characters do respond differently to dialogue, not sure if there's a hidden affection parameter, but I'm guessing probably not since it's on the EO engine. There is also no time constraint though, which I think is nice for a Persona game, no penalty for grinding.