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Strategy JRPG Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception coming to PS4, PS Vita in 2017

Mask of Truth, the game's direct sequel, is also confirmed for launch later this year

Say it with me: Ooh-tah-wah-ray-roo-mo-no. Now say that faster. Faster! Got it? Good. (I wonder if PlayStation.Blog gives out awards for “Most Difficult Game to Pronounce.”)

Get ready to dust off your trusty ol’ adventure boots and lose hours of sleep! Why? Because Atlus will be publishing the latest two of Aquaplus’ visual novel/SRPG epics, Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth (also known as The Two Hakuoro in Japan). The former will release this spring, the latter later in the year.

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception

These sprawling epics are going to chew through time, as they have tons of story to reveal, but you won’t mind because the story is incredible, plus there are fantastical beasts to fight, powerful magic to unleash, political machinations to partake in, intriguing characters to meet, and mystical lands to explore. Heroes never rest! Especially since the fate of the world depends on you… so no pressure.

Mask of Deception follows the story of Haku, a mysterious amnesiac who awakens in an unfamiliar wilderness wearing nothing but a hospital gown and sporting a splitting headache. He’s rescued by a beautiful girl named Kuon, who sports both adorable animal ears and a beastlike tail.

They eventually team up, and 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

The game is a grand tale that unfolds in a stunning visual novel format. Seriously, the magnificent art style and epic soundtrack (recorded and remastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and EastWest Studios) will make it feel like you’re watching a cinematic fantasy unfolding right before your eyes.

Except this isn’t a movie, it’s a game that you’ll be in control of on PS4 and/or PS Vita! What better way to pass the time during school/work than getting lost in a new world? Okay, don’t actually play the game during school or work, but you have my full support if you wanted to break out the PS Vita during break/lunch.

In addition to the story-rich visual novel aspect of the game, Mask of Deception boasts an SRPG battle system and deeply rewarding combat. You’ll need to defend Haku and his friends by engaging in intense battles with the various hostiles that populate the world.

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception

Combat is an exciting mix of turn-based tactics and Attack Chain mechanics. Plus, unique features such as the rewind function, elemental affinities/weaknesses, unique character skills, and more add a layer of depth to fights. Mask of Deception is a 40-50+ hour adventure that 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.

The game will be launched in both physical and digital formats for the PS4, and digital only for PS Vita. Its direct sequel, Mask of Truth, will hit later in the year. Both games will have English text and the original Japanese audio.

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will there be any chance of us changing your mind on making Vita digital only? Visual novels tend to sell well on Vita with steins;gate outselling the PS3 4:1

l3xforever 18 January, 2017 @ 2:21 pm   2

Thank you, based Atlus.

 
madmanwithabox12 18 January, 2017 @ 2:30 pm   3

Damn, 2017 is going to kill my poor wallet.

    John Hardin 18 January, 2017 @ 5:19 pm    

    Sorry not sorry? (2017 lineup for the first quarter is AMAZING for JRPGs. seriously. I think we’re all in the same boat XD)

 

We’ll that’s one great news here 😮

HomessaHomem 18 January, 2017 @ 2:52 pm   5

Physical european Vita version too, PLEASE!

 
Fethennour 18 January, 2017 @ 3:13 pm   6

“digital only for PS Vita”
Seriously, why?

     
    AlucardTepes_DE 18 January, 2017 @ 3:48 pm    

    Vita is more of a digital market, it didn’t sell well, you should be happy they are even bring games to Vita at all… Since they alredy butchered ps3 with new games to force ppl to acquire a ps4 by force. I wouldn’t be surprised if they started sabotaging our Vitas to…

     
    reggyx3clover 18 January, 2017 @ 3:55 pm    

    At least we should be grateful that they’re considering Vita release unlike a certain developer saying that they can’t localise the Vita version because their previously released game aren’t selling well when in truths it has a decent sale

 
AlucardTepes_DE 18 January, 2017 @ 3:45 pm   7

Never thought I would see this in europe, just hope is not censured. The animes where awesome somehow, so I really would like to know wth comes after the 2nd seasson.

    John Hardin 18 January, 2017 @ 5:23 pm    

    We did have to make a small content edit, but it was in order to comply with various regional regulations about the depiction of physical discipline to minors.

    It’s a small edit to a minor scene and we worked with AQUAPLUS to reach a compromise to keep the original intent while not running afoul of said regulations.

 

Tears to Tiara II was wonderful, looking forward to this!!!

 
reggyx3clover 18 January, 2017 @ 3:54 pm   9

Yay thank you for supporting Vita ^ _ ^

 

Where does the story lay in the timeline? Is it just retelling the anime seasons? Or will those be sequels to the series?

     
    AlucardTepes_DE 28 January, 2017 @ 1:34 pm    

    This one is probably after the 1st Utawarerumono anime season.
    This should be the start of 2nd Seasson anime story.
    And the next game(after this one) will keep the story going from where the 2nd Seasson left off.

Tuulenpoika 18 January, 2017 @ 5:20 pm   11

“and digital only for PS Vita.”

No, no, no, please no. You still have time to fix this, so please do it.

 
Dinki0815 18 January, 2017 @ 5:23 pm   12

You can be happy to get it digital in times where ps4 gets 1:1 ports of android games for double price… (see it or leave it, future)

 
SatoshiOokami 18 January, 2017 @ 5:44 pm   13

Digital for Vita sucks :/ At least we can import 😀

>Ooh-tah-wah-ray-roo-mo-no
Well, maybe you should pronounce it in Japanese rather than English it 😀 That way, it isn’t that bad 😀

     
    AlucardTepes_DE 21 January, 2017 @ 3:22 am    

    Actually it is, by importing you tell them you don’t want the game in your country.
    And it makes them assume they should not risk being physical copies or the next game at all.

 

psst, psst somehow someway make a cross save between regions and I’ll buy two copies 😉

Another thing, John, isn’t it time to shave? And I mean go full on egg head. People love it, trust me 😉

 

Aquapazza on ps3 was amazing, the Utawarerumono characters were my favourites! Will we see Oboro in these games? 😀

 
ten-bucks 18 January, 2017 @ 9:17 pm   16

Thanks for supporting vita

Sinmortalis 18 January, 2017 @ 11:55 pm   17

Really sad Europe wont be getting a physical release and forcing us to import. On the flip side importing might be cheaper than buying the game digitaly (Conception 2 comes to mind). Utawarerumono is a great series which really should have gotten better treatment. Atlus, sorry for living in Europe…

 

Glad to see it coming to the West, but the lack of a physical PS Vita version in Europe means I’ll have to look at import options, with all the related additional costs and annoyances…

 

Sure is nice to have great news for a change, one of the bigger vita titles in 2017. Thanx, Atlus.

 

I’m a bit disappointed that this isn’t getting a dub. Was hoping it would get one as well since it’s on both the PS4 and the Vita.

mustafa12954 20 January, 2017 @ 4:44 pm   21

ok