Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Aquaplus

(PlayStation Vita Review) Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception

“… a lengthy adventure that is a far more compelling visual novel than it is a strategy role-playing game.”

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception out for PS4, PS Vita

Atlus has released Aquaplus’ visual novel and strategy role-playing hybrid Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception. The 40-plus hour adventure follows the amnesiac Haku as he makes his way around a strange world with his newfound friend Kuon. Along the way, the two will meet an expanding cast of characters and take them on board as they battle bandits, monsters, and other enemies throughout lands of Yamato.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

First-run copy of Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception gets unboxed

Atlus is set to release their visual-novel-styled strategy role-playing game Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception next week, but first they want to show off the goods. Their latest unboxing video highlights the launch edition, which, as has become common with their releases, comes with several extras. In addition to the game, early buyers will also receive a 50-page art book with character and faction info along with a slipcase for the bundle.

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception’s healer, Nekone, in the spotlight

Utawarerumono’s mercenary was highlighted recently, and now it’s his sister’s turn, the child prodigy Nekone. She looks up to Ukon, while finding her brother’s nonchalant attitude annoying. Thanks to her time studying in the Imperial Capital, she is capable of serving the party both as a healer and a strategist. See her in action below.

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception’s mercenary, Ukon, gets a trailer

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception’s cast gets a bit deadlier today with the addition of a suave mercenary, Ukon. The fighter-for-hire signs on to help escort Haku and Kuon, but given his affable nature, ends up serving as a mentor. Check out his character trailer below, or head here for Kuon’s or here for Haku’s.

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Kuon highlighted in Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception trailer

After last week’s character trailer detailing Mask of Deception’s protagonist Haku, a new video has gone live highlighting his friend, Kuon. She not only rescues the amnesiac but also becomes his guardian, even naming him. Described as a “polar opposite of Haku,” she’s also an apothecary, healer, and a bit of a brawler.

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception character trailer spotlights Haku

Mask of Deception’s protagonist is highlighted in a new trailer. He’s an unlucky amnesiac who finds himself in a strange world filled with beastlike denizens and dangerous monsters. A friendly local, Kuon, names him Haku, and that’s about all he knows. Unfortunately, he quickly finds himself caught between Uzurusha and the Empire of Yamato, and being a bit weak, must rely on his wits to survive. He’ll be getting some help on May 23, though, with the announcement that two downloadable characters will join the fight: the sword-wielding Tamaki and spear-toting Sasara. Costume sets for each will also go live, Samurai and Swimsuit, for $2.99 apiece or $8.99 for all four.

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception release date, extras revealed

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, Atlus’ upcoming visual-novel-styled strategy-RPG from Aquaplus, has been officially dated for May 23. As has become the studio’s tradition, pre-order and first-run copies will come with several bonuses. A special slipcase will bundle the game alongside a 50-page softcover art book. The book, previewed below, will feature drawings of heroes, enemies, and locales, along with concept art, developer notes, and faction information. Speaking of factions, a new story trailer has also been released that offers an overview of the warring kingdoms.

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, Mask of Truth coming stateside

Two of Aquaplus’ visual novel and strategy role-playing game hybrids, Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth, will be arriving in North America later this year. The former is set to be released this spring, while the latter is scheduled to hit outlets later in the year. Mask of Deception follows the amnesiac Haku who is rescued by a young, beastlike girl, Kuon. The duo quickly find themselves battling enemies and making allies as they get caught up in struggles taking place throughout the nation of Yamato. Mask of Deception serves as the conclusion to Mask of Truth, and is said to be over 50 hours long.

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(PlayStation Vita Review) Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal

“…a good if not excellent dungeon crawler, despite its obsession with titillation and periodic distasteful imagery.”

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