ESRB Rating Surfaces for SRPG / VN Hybrid Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception

It seems like we’re getting a western release of the Aquaplus-developed strategy-RPG / visual novel hybrid Utawarerumono: False Mask.

The news comes via an M-Rating posted over on the ESRB. It’s worth mentioning the Sega-published rating even has a localized version of the name – Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception.

The game was originally released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita in Japan back in 2015 – however the ESRB rating only mentions the PS Vita version.

Here’s the ESRB summary:

This is a strategy role-playing game in which players help an amnesiac hero regain his lost memories. From a 3/4-overhead perspective, players explore the environment, interact with characters, and engage in turn-based battles against enemy soldiers. Players use swords, staffs, and magic spells to attack enemies; damage is indicated by flashes of light and hit-point numbers. A handful of sequences depict large bloodstains on the ground and splashes of blood as a character slashes through an army of enemy soldiers; large blood stains may also appear on the players’ screen. The game contains references to sexual material in the dialogue (e.g., “We would like you to describe Master’s habits. His sexual likes and dislikes. . .The average number of times Master is able to perform on a nightly basis. Also his favored positions” and “It’d be a shame if those great t*ts of yours never get the lovin’ they deserve.”). Some sequences and gallery images depict characters partially nude with obscured breasts and buttocks; one prolonged sequence involves a character losing her underwear/bottom and exposing her groin— though no genitalia is depicted. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in dialogue.

We’ll keep you guys posted.

Brandon Orselli


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  • Tubsiwub

    So, what is the rating?


    My body is ready.

  • PenguinPlayer

    Wait, so this game is available in multiple consoles, yet on the PSVita version of all versions got rated by ESRB?

    Is this bizarro world or something?

  • Nin

    It’s rated M

  • Nin

    Since Sega works for Atlus USA, they may localize it. Atlus USA is known for occasionally censoring though, so I’m a bit worried. If it does get censored, I’ll pirate it if possible or buy it used if it’s not possible.

  • PenguinPlayer

    “(e.g., “We would like you to describe Master’s habits. His sexual likes and dislikes. . .The average number of times Master is able to perform on a nightly basis. Also his favored positions” and “It’d be a shame if those great t*ts of yours never get the lovin’ they deserve.”) ”

    If they censored it after directly translating and putting these lines in, I will personally send them a medal for “Merit in Useless and Nonsensical Censoring”.


    I don’t think we’ll have anything to worry about with this game to be honest. The fanservice isn’t among the main appeal of this title from what I can gather, whereas with DT2 it would be a potential deal breaker, especially with the majority of the VN sections containing a half naked female party member or monster girl in a provocative position.

  • Jesse

    Don’t encourage theft.

  • Mr0303

    “It’d be a shame if those great t*ts of yours never get the lovin’ they deserve.” – life is important.

  • Donwel
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  • :D

    good job. sometimes the game loses its essence when censored. like that blood scene from a game i forgot, the character was putting blood from the floor back to the dead person. and they censored it by removing the blood, and that scene never made sense til i youtubed it.

  • izanagi

    I just hope that a physical version for the psvita is viable to atlus/sega

  • Fenrir007

    Hopefully they are too busy with something else to localize this one.

  • Xerain

    The weird think about DT2 is if your main draw is the fan service, you not going to stick around for the 100 hour long post game, which is where 3/4 of the censorship is.

    There is only one censored CG during the main story, though it is probably the most noticeable edit. The other 3 instances of censorship are minor post game loli bosses, and of those only one is noticeable.

    having spent about 200 hours with the game, I do honestly believe Atlus when the said they made the bare minimum of changes necessary to not get an AO rating. This is a far cry from what a certain other company has being doing recently.

    In fact, I would go so far to say I’ve played “uncensored” games that bothered me more with their silent edits to the script than DT2’s edits bother me. Outside of the 4 CGs, everything else about DT2’s localization is spot on. While the CGs might have been changed, they did not change what happens in the scenes at all.

  • Uncle Slick

    I loved the first game/anime.

    Should be good.

  • Uncle Slick

    What is DT2?

  • BanBrado

    This is the one game i really wanted but never thought we’d get. I fucking loved Utawarerumono.

  • Paychi

    Mite b cool ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Xerain

    Dungeon Travelers 2.


    I completely agree with you. DT2 is among my favourite Vita games because of the mountain of content it has and the depth and complexity of the dungeon crawling and class customisation mechanics. DT2 can stand on its own too feet putting aside the ecchi content. The ecchi makes it stand out so to speak, as well as keeping faithful to the series’ roots (eroge).

    The crucial thing with DT2 was that Atlus was upfront about the censorship and I do believe that it needed to be done to get the M rating. If they have to censor another game in similar circumstances such as this games’ sequel, I would hope/expect they are as transparent as they were with that game.

  • Cats736

    It’s a shame these aren’t on the PC like the first game was.

  • alterku

    Aquaplus games usually get a physical release, don’t they? Even if it’s just an Asian English copy I’d be happy.

  • alterku

    Vita English physical release or bust. Really happy the game is actually coming.


    All of the ones localised outside of Japan so far have gotten physical. Though given that the past two Vita announcements from Atlus are digital only, it’s probably best to assume that this title will be digital only as well on the platform unless we hear otherwise.

    Hardin himself said that Caligula being digital dosen’t mean the end of physical Vita support from Sega/Atlus, maybe the Utawarerumono games may be what he is referring to. Hopefully we find out within the week.

  • Uncle Slick

    Oh. Thanks.

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  • Cats736

    I’ll take the brown one, she’ll look good plastered in white.