Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception Heads West on PS4 and PS Vita this Spring, Mask of Truth this Fall

Atlus has officially announced a western release for two Aquaplus-developed strategy RPG and visual novel mash-up games Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, as well as its sequel Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth.

While the former will launch for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in North America and Europe sometime this spring, its sequel will launch for both platforms sometime this fall. It’s worth mentioning Deep Silver is publishing the game in Europe. Featured above, you can view the announcement trailer.

Both games will get a physical and digital release in the Americas, while only the PlayStation 4 version gets a physical release in Europe. Pricing is as follows: 49.99 / CA$64.99 for the PlayStation 4 version and $39.99 / CA$54.99 for PS Vita version.

It’s also worth mentioning both games will feature English text and Japanese audio. Atlus had to slightly censor a scene involving “the depiction of physical discipline to minors” to comply with regional regulations. Atlus worked alongside Aquaplus to try keeping the edit to a minimum.

Here’s a rundown on Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, via Atlus:

Originally known as Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen in Japan, Mask of Deception is a grand tale meant to enchant the hearts and minds of players in search of incredible journey. The game begins atop a snowy mountain where the protagonist awakens in an unfamiliar wilderness, surrounded by deadly creatures, with nothing but a hospital gown and a splitting headache. However, he’s eventually rescued by a beautiful girl named Kuon, who sports both adorable animal ears and a beast-like tail. Finding that the hapless man has no memory of anything, Kuon decides to take the amnesiac into her care, naming him Haku. As their journey takes them across the land, 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.

Key Features

  • An Unforgettable StoryMask of Deception offers a story-rich visual novel experience (40-50+ hours long) 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, and we’ll reveal more information about the final game at a later date.
  • An Active SRPG Battle System – Players will need to defend Haku and his friends by engaging in intense SRPG combat with the various hostiles that populate the world. The battle system is 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.
  • Fully Fleshed Out Combat – Unique combat features such as the rewind function, elemental affinities/weaknesses, unique character skills, and more add a layer of depth to fights. It’ll take true tactical acumen to emerge victorious in battle!
  • Breathtaking Art – With a stunning art style and beautifully rendered cutscenes, the game is a feast for the eyes for Japanese visual novel and anime aficionados!
  • Beautiful Songs and a Thrilling Score – The rousing music, recorded and remastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and EastWest Studios, is a perfect soundtrack to accompany a great adventure.

Content Edit

A brief note on content: While Atlus is committed to bringing over games that are as true to their original forms as possible, in the case of Mask of Deception, a scene had to have a small content edit to comply with various regional regulations about the depiction of physical discipline to minors. We worked with Aquaplus to keep the scope of the editing to an absolute minimum, and we both agree the change made to the scene in the game still conveys its full meaning without running into issues.

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  1. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    January 18, 2017 at 9:31 am

    >Atlus had to censor a scene of “the depiction of physical discipline to minors” to comply with regional regulations.

    FUCKING B U L L S H I T. I AM FUCKING getting these games used, fuck you Atlus.

  2. Mr0303
    January 18, 2017 at 9:32 am

    So right out of the gate there is a censored scene. By the sound of it, it may be spanking or something. When did “physical discipline to minors” become such an issue? At least they are open about it.

  3. Mr0303
    January 18, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Also good on Deep Silver for localising these in Europe. I’m glad they are publishing more niche titles over here. Anyone buy NISA is a good thing in my view.

  4. Nin
    January 18, 2017 at 10:16 am

    So, who should I blame for the censoring? The French? The Swedish? Or is it the damned Australians?

  5. Nin
    January 18, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I heard that corporal punishment was banned in France, so that could be it.

  6. Nin
    January 18, 2017 at 10:20 am

    If only one of them happens to be censored because of spanking, I’m willing to buy the one that happens to be uncensored.

    But yeah, I’m getting exasperated.

  7. razisgosu
    January 18, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Hoping to hear how exactly they’re editing the scene.

  8. Donwel
    January 18, 2017 at 11:01 am

    The scene is of Anju getting her bare ass spanked by Munechika. Anju is like a 10 year old or something close to that and from what I remember, the scene goes on for a while so….
    I’m not saying censoring it is ok by the way, but it might fall foul of some countries laws on depictions of child abuse.

  9. Mr0303
    January 18, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Leave it to the French to mess things up.

  10. Mr0303
    January 18, 2017 at 11:05 am

    That’s most likely the case, but I don’t think these laws should apply for fictional characters. Murder is illegal in most places, but we are constantly doing it in video games.

  11. gwadahunter2222
    January 18, 2017 at 11:07 am

    It’s the same case in Sweden

  12. TsukuyomiMagi99
    January 18, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Blame Russia. They hacked the game!

  13. Donwel
    January 18, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I completely agree with you there. There still seems to be these people who falsely link video game violence to RL violence though, and it seems moreso when children are involved.
    Actually, now that I think about it haven’t the Simpsons and South Park had similar spanking scenes in them in the past?

  14. gwadahunter2222
    January 18, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Westerner’s bias against Japanese Japanese’s products is the issue.

  15. Mr0303
    January 18, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Children being harmed in video games is still one of those taboos that the West has.

    Yeah, and I would argue that Homer choking Bart is a bit more damaging. Plus there are the Halloween specials were the kids die all the time.

  16. Mr0303
    January 18, 2017 at 11:24 am

    The country having a Chief Censor is not Orwellian at all.

  17. Donwel
    January 18, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Plus I suppose you could argue fact that Simpsons characters don’t really look like humans. Then again all of the characters in Utawarerumono are supposed to be non-human as all of them except Haku have animal ears and tails.

  18. Donwel
    January 18, 2017 at 11:27 am

    That probably has lot to do with it to be honest.

  19. Mr0303
    January 18, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Logic and reason are not very useful tools when emotions run the show.

  20. sanic
    January 18, 2017 at 11:37 am


  21. BanBrado
    January 18, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I was about to come here and post some FUCK YES DAY ONE BUY comment but then i saw censorship. Fuck everything.

  22. gwadahunter2222
    January 18, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Triggering intensify.jpg

    It’s more violent to any Mortal Kombat’s fatalities, Kratos from God of War is a pussy next to that. Germany will banned the game for being harmful to youth, Australia will refuse to classify the game.

  23. Donwel
    January 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Yup, pretty much mate. Oh if you’re interested, here’s the equivalent scene in the anime. I can’t remember which part of the game it’s in and I ain’t sitting through hours of video to find out.

  24. alterku
    January 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Holy crap, a physical release for Vita? I’m excited as hell now.

    Wait, censorship? Well shit. Forget about it if that’s the case. Unless it’s incredibly minor, like Dungeon Travelers 2 which I begrudgingly dealt with.

  25. Donwel
    January 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    There it is. I posted the same scene from the anime a bit further down in the comments.
    Why disciplining a naughty child is considered bad though I’ll never understand. It’s probably the reason why most kids are little shits nowadays.

  26. artemisthemp
    January 18, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Is this a special edition with both game or a third?

  27. Kiryu
    January 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Westerner’s know their games suck so they sabotage Japanese games to make them as least appealing as possible.

  28. gwadahunter2222
    January 18, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    It’s a cancer from Sweden which spreads to the rest of Western Europe

  29. Feniks
    January 18, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I bought a PS4 for games like this. Small problem: there are only 24 hours in a day and I already have a VN backlog.

  30. Feniks
    January 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Yep people who can’t distinguish between reality and fiction need to be euthanised.

  31. Mr0303
    January 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks, mate. By the looks of it, it’s focusing on the humorous side rather than being purposeful child abuse, but whatever.

  32. Cats736
    January 18, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    And they fucking ruined it, again. Fuck Atlus.

  33. Cats736
    January 18, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Atlus, they should not release it in the country that has an issue with it instead of censoring the game for everyone. Those in those countries can import it instead.

  34. TsukuyomiMagi99
    January 18, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    The principal is just flat out wrong no matter which country is against it. Why should other countries deal with the censorship of one region? Just release it region free and uncensored in other regions. It’s no different than the bullshit with Bamco, Berseria and PEGI.

  35. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    January 18, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Kind of leaves me wondering, what about the 1st game for PC? I remember clearing it with a fan tl but did it have an official release or are they just going to skip it? And I see the PS Vita gets screwed in Europe, again…

  36. Derp Minos
    Derp Minos
    January 18, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    To be fair sexual depiction of minors, including drawings, was made illegal not long ago in Russia, they’ve been trying to shut down sites that host such drawings.

  37. Derp Minos
    Derp Minos
    January 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    This is what you guys get for letting go Atlus for censoring Dungeon Travelers 2. They continue to censor shit.

  38. Hiecchi
    January 18, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I really hope that the censored scene is the spanking scene….censored gaming come on >_< give us the info
    i want to preorder the game

  39. Dreiko
    January 18, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    The second one is a sequel, in Japan it came like 2 years after the first so not really.

  40. FateDensetsu
    January 18, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    It’s aggravating how these companies keep censoring harmless content in fictional worlds.

  41. artemisthemp
    January 19, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Second and third.
    Weird that they didn’t release the first also.

  42. Cats736
    January 19, 2017 at 2:59 am

    First one is a PS2 game, doesn’t have a PS3 or PS4 Version. It is also already TLed on the PC, and is being TLed for the PSP.

    PC version is better anyways.

  43. Dreiko
    January 19, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Talking bout the second of the two referenced here, not in general.

    The original game was a pc game with full on sex scenes so it’d be tricky to release, at least on consoles.

  44. artemisthemp
    January 19, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Kud Converted – original had sex scenes also

  45. David B
    David B
    May 16, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Utawarerumono is coming to germany and its rated Age 6