Atlus has announced that Aquaplus' visual novel RPG series Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth are coming to North America and Europe in 2017. Mask of Deception will release this Spring, while Mask of Truth releases later this year.
Mask of Deception follows the story of Haku, a mysterious amnesiac who awakens in an unfamiliar and hostile wilderness. However, 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.
Mask of Deception offers a 40-50h+ hours long story-rich visual novel experience 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. More details about the sequel will be revealed at a later date.
The game is a strategy RPG with its battle system being 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. It also features some unique combat features such as the rewind function, elemental affinities/weaknesses, unique character skills, and more add a layer of depth to fights.
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth will be released in North America on PS4 and PS Vita in both physical and digital formats, and while the European PS4 version will be available in both physical and digital formats, the PS Vita version will be digital-only. The PS4 version will be available for $49.99 and the PS Vita version for $39.99.