Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception Western Launch Set for May 23

Atlus has confirmed the western release date for Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception.

The Aquaplus-developed strategy-RPG will launch on May 23rd in both North America and Europe. To celebrate the new release date, Atlus has shared a new story trailer, which you can view above.

There’s also a limited launch edition of the game coming:

The launch edition of the game is currently only confirmed for the Americas, and it includes:

  • 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. Preview the compendium here: https://issuu.com/atlususa/docs/uta2_artbook_01c_issuu_pages
  • Collector’s Slipcase – The physical game and art book will be enveloped by a protective slipcase.

The game’s sequel, Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth, is coming west sometime this fall.

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    March 8, 2017 at 11:31 am

    There’s mention of the game’s religious lore in the book – that’s a very nice touch. Cannot wait for this.

    All we need now is a physical version of Caligula and we’re set.

  2. alterku
    March 8, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Curious which retailers, if any, are going to stock this edition. Or is this like what Dungeon Travelers 2 did with a first print run bonus?

  3. Cerea
    March 8, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    too bad it gave us another game saying you fucked up so you get to try again ^^

  4. catazxy
    March 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm


  5. grgspunk
    March 8, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Not buying another censored title. First DT2 and now this? Aquaplus needs to start licensing their games to someone else.

  6. Donwel
    March 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Now the question is should I get it on Vita or PS4?

  7. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    March 8, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Will buy used due to censorship. Fuck you Aksys.

  8. Zufield
    March 8, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    This is Atlus, not Aksys. Still scummy as fuck, though.

  9. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    March 8, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I meant Atlus, my b.

    March 8, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    That may not solve your problem. If the game did genuinely have to be censored due to legal issues this other publisher would have ran into it too.

    That said, an Asian release I feel would do wonders for To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers.

    March 8, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Hopefully that comes west physically. DT2 is an awesome game.

  12. Cerea
    March 8, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    It prob will. Yes.

  13. grgspunk
    March 8, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    You’re a fucking idiot if you’re convinced that this had to “legally” happen, you know that right?

    Atlus stated this game had to censor a spanking CG because it upset one of the ratings boards. While I can actually believe that PEGI or USK may have complained about it, I HIGHLY DOUBT THAT THE ESRB WOULD’VE SAID THE SAME THING.

    I’ve seen the artwork in question: It’s tame as fuck. The ESRB isn’t anywhere near as dickish as its European counterparts–The ESRB is the least likely to raise a complaint about something like that, especially considering the other bath scenes and fanservice CGs are going to remain intact.

    This is a case of a blanket approach to localization-induced censorship. Atlus clearly is cutting corners by applying the same edits they did European localization to the NA localization, even though such edits were completely unnecessary in the NA version. It saves them time and money because they don’t have to worry about “tailoring” the localization to each releases’ respective regions.

  14. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    March 8, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    It was probably USK, PEGI is know to be pretty tame when it comes to sexual content (like in Hyperdimension Neptunia and even Valkyrie Drive got 16 rating) it was either the ESRB that are know not to be has tame with sexual content (Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2 got M because of a panty shot if I remember right) or USK, the german rater that are downright nazis when rating things, I heard it was mainly because of them that Agarest 2 got cut

  15. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    March 8, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Did the original game for PC ever get a official release?

    March 8, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Nope. It’s too old now and has had a fan translation out for years so it probably never will. I would buy a physical all-ages English release though.

    March 8, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    It may not be a case of “cutting corners”. It is financially cheaper for a company to only release one version of the game for the whole of the West, especially considering the overall appeal of these kind of games. These Utawarerumono games are niche. It’s not like The Witcher III where the market is there to release censored versions of the game in certain markets and uncensored in others (both the Middle Eastern and Japanese versions had extreme violence censored just for those territories).

    You’re also assuming things about the ratings boards and Atlus that you cannot prove (unless you have insider information that you are privy too and are able to share, but I highly doubt it). We don’t even have a direct confirmation on the censored image and most likely won’t until release, so there’s only so much we can go on until places like Censored Gaming obtain a copy of the game and can do side-by-side comparisons.

  18. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    March 8, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I know it had a fan tl (I have it but I still haven’t played it), but won’t it interfere in the story somehow? I mean vndb lists it as a direct prequel to this so won’ people who buy this feel a little lost in the story?

    March 8, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I think there are a few references (which the first print bonus compendium actually discusses if the preview is anything to go by), but the anime did get officially released in the West so those that want the story to catch up can watch that.

    You will need knowledge of Uta 2 in order to understand Uta 3 though.

  20. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    March 8, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Kind of a dick move that you have to either get the compedium or watch the anime to get the full story, but for those that really like the series I suppose they have already played it or will get the fan tled one. Still it would be better if they had like a option in game to read about the previous game’s events like the Yakuza series has. I will probably import a jp copy after I get around the first game (if I like it that is)

  21. Fenrir007
    March 8, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I really want the book, but I really don’t want the censorship. I guess I’ll settle for a pdf download and buying the game used.

  22. grgspunk
    March 9, 2017 at 12:44 am

    “It may not be a case of “cutting corners”. It is financially cheaper for
    a company to only release one version of the game for the whole of the
    West, especially considering the overall appeal of these kind of games. ”

    Do you think I see that as a valid excuse, dude? Absolutely not. As a consumer who appreciates these sorts of games, I have a huge beef with the idea that us NA gamers may be getting screwed over because of what’s happening in a completely different region; one that’s outside of our control.

    I might not be able to provide definitive proof that the ESRB didn’t say anything, but I can make a reasonable assumption that they probably weren’t the ones that complained, given how the PEGI, USK, and ACB tend to be excessively paranoid about depictions of chldren in these games so much that they have the legal authority to ban certain titles for such things. I’ve never heard of the ESRB doing any of that.

    Regardless of which region’s board complained, Atlus implied that not every board did. here is absolutely no excuse for them to censor every region’s version when they had every opportunity to release an uncensored version for the regions that didn’t complain.

    The term “localization” is used to refer to when a company “tailors” the
    content to meet the socio-cultural expectations to whetever region they’re releasing it in. Atlus is not doing any of that: They’re
    taking the strictist region’s “standards” and applying it to versions
    released everywhere else because it may be financially cheaper–If this isn’t “cutting corners”, then I don’t know what is.

    March 9, 2017 at 5:58 am

    I think that is where we’ll have to agree to disagree. Frankly, that’s also how us PAL gamers feel when we get our games censored because of the fear of the Adults Only rating, as platform holders only listen to the ESRB when it comes to banning adult games from platforms.

    I don’t think you realise or want to accept how doing one version for the whole of the West makes business sense, as already stated. I’d personally rather have this than not have the game at all, and as it is possible to pirate the Japanese version of Mask of Deception an English fan patch will most likely be made so folks like you can still play the game with the original scene.

  24. Jay
    March 9, 2017 at 10:11 am

    What was the censorship? First I heard about this.

  25. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    March 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    They removed a CG where one of the charcters was being spanked (for doing something bad I guess) if I remember right. It’s on the comment section of this article http://nichegamer.com/2017/01/18/utawarerumono-mask-of-deception-heads-west/ . Don’t know about any other changes tough, this one was already pretty stupid if you ask me

  26. grgspunk
    March 10, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Yeah, as a NA gamer, I couldn’t give two fucks about what goes on in the PAL market–We have enough problems on our home turf as it is. If an NA game gets butchered because of what happens in the PAL region, I couldn’t care less about whether it makes “business sense”; that’s one more butchered game that I have to deal with as a consumer of these games. In such an instance, it only makes sense to give them hell, because even if the NA region became entirely tolerant of all types of content, it still wouldn’t have averted this bullshit because it occured halfway across the globe.

    It is not in my interests to accept their reasoning behind the edits as a valid excuse–The fact that we have “fans” that are willing to do so is the reason why we keep dealing with butchered games despite having anime and manga titles brought over uncensored with similar content.

    I don’t settle for agreeing to disagree, dude. I say this shit because I’d rather not have fellow “fans” contributing to their stupidity.