Atlus today announced that it will publish the visual novel and strategy RPGs Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth for PS Vita and PS4 in North America and Europe in 2017.
In North America, both games will be available for PS Vita and PS4 in both physical and digital formats while in Europe, the PS4 version will have a physical release, but the PS Vita version will be digital-only.
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception will release in the spring, and the game’s direct sequel, Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth will follow later in the year. Both games will have English text and the original Japanese audio. In North America, the retail versions will be $39.99 on PS Vita and $49.99 on PS4.
Developed by Aquaplus and originally released as Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen in Japan, Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception is a grand tale meant to enchant the hearts and minds of players in search of incredible journey. The game begins atop a snowy mountain where the protagonist awakens in an unfamiliar wilderness, surrounded by deadly creatures, with nothing but a hospital gown and a splitting headache.
However, he’s eventually rescued by a beautiful girl named Kuon, who sports both adorable animal ears and a beastlike tail. Finding that the hapless man has no memory of anything, Kuon decides to take the amnesiac into her care, naming him Haku. As their journey takes them across the land, Haku will (reluctantly) encounter colorful characters (yes, that means more animal people), build deep relationships, battle ruthless enemies, and find himself inexorably dragged into the political machinations of the mighty nation of Yamato.
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception Features:
- An Unforgettable Story
Mask of Deception offers a story-rich visual novel experience (40-50+ hours long) that lets players shape the future of a fully realized world filled with fantastical lore and history! Mask of Deception sets up the story for a thrilling conclusion in Mask of Truth, and we’ll reveal more information about the final game at a later date.
- An Active SRPG Battle System
Players will need to defend Haku and his friends by engaging in intense SRPG combat with the various hostiles that populate the world. The battle system is a thrilling mix of turn-based tactics and Attack Chain mechanics. Players can remain active during combat by successfully completing timing-based charging rings to execute critical attacks or vital dodges/blocks.
- Fully Fleshed Out Combat
Unique combat features such as the rewind function, elemental affinities/weaknesses, unique character skills, and more add a layer of depth to fights. It’ll take true tactical acumen to emerge victorious in battle!
- Breathtaking Art
With a stunning art style and beautifully rendered cutscenes, the game is a feast for the eyes for Japanese visual novel and anime aficionados!
- Beautiful Songs and a Thrilling Score
The rousing music, recorded and remastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and EastWest Studios, is a perfect soundtrack to accompany a great adventure.
Check out the Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception Screenshots:
Check out the Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception – Announcement Trailer: