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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