Atlus has announced that Aquaplus' visual novel RPG Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception will release on PS4 and PS Vita on the 23rd of May. The publisher also revealed the game's pre-order bonuses and a new story trailer for the game.
Those who pre-order or grab a limited launch edition of the game, with the latter offer only being applicable in North America, will receive the following:
- Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception Compendium Art Book: This 50-page softcover art book contains art/information about some of the unlikely heroes, fantastical creatures, exotic locales and more! The book also features concept art and developer notes that show a glimpse of the creative process behind building a mystical world. Oh, and it also includes information about the mighty Yamato Empire and its surrounding nations that'll serve as a guide to those unfamiliar with the Utawarerumono series.
- Collector's Slipcase: The physical game and art book will be enveloped by a protective slipcase.
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, which releases later this year.
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 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.