Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Aquaplus

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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PS Vita Reviews

Hamilcar marches, Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord out for PS3

Atlus has released Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord, a new strategy-RPG for PS3. The sequel’s storyline is standalone, so no knowledge of its predecessor is necessary to jump into this one. As father of the famed Hannibal, Hamilcar Barca, players wage war against the Divine Empire after he witnesses the burning of an innocent girl. In his pursuit of vengeance, Hamilcar learns that he has an inner rage that can result in everyone’s destruction if he cannot control it. The US release comes with an estimated 80-plus hours of gameplay and visual-novel-style cutscenes, the original Japanese audio, and a first-run bundle that includes a 31-page art book.

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PlayStation 3 News

Atlus bringing Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord to North America

The strategy-RPG series Tears to Tiara will make its official North American debut with Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord. Fighting fans might recognize the name from Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match, the Examu-developed crossover brawler also published by Atlus, but Heir of the Overlord marks the first time the series has had a full localized release. Atlus is translating the text to English but noted that they are leaving the Japanese audio as it is. The campaign is said to last over 80 hours, mixing turn-based combat with visual-novel-style storytelling elements. The plot is … unique: Hamilcar Barca, father of the famous Hannibal, throws off the yoke of the Divine Empire and sets out on a path of revenge to retake the kingdom of Hispania, guided by a goddess and harnessing the strength of a malevolent demon that awakens within him.

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