Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Atlus

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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PS4 version of Persona 5 to come with bonus controller skin

Atlus will be gifting a controller skin for those picking up the standard edition of Persona 5. In addition to the Take Your Heart Premium and SteelBook editions, the regular release will come with a themed DualShock 4 skin that features a couple of The Phantom Thieves. Note that only marked copies of the PS4 version will include the skin. Ann Takamaki’s voice actor Erika Harlacher was also on hand at Atlus HQ to offer a proper reveal of the bonus.

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PlayStation 4 News

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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Persona 5 voice actor narrates gameplay footage, freebies released

Ann Takamaki, one of the intrepid Phantom Thieves from Persona 5, is voiced by actor Erika Harlacher. In a meta-tastic promo, she plays through a segment of Persona 5 that is important to Ann. The scenario shows a bit more of the world, with snippets of attending class at Shujin Academy and battling Shadows in the Metaverse. As a bonus, a free theme and three free avatars were released featuring Yusuke Kitagawa. These are only $0.00 until March 21, though, and are only for PS4.

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The Caligula Effect launching May 2, new trailer, screens released

FuRyu and Aquria’s role-playing game The Caligula Effect will be hitting stores and online outlets on May 2, according to Atlus. Previously announced as Caligula, the game will retain its original audio track, and remain faithful to the storyline written by Persona and Persona 2 scribe Tadashi Satomi. The plot follows a group of students at Kishimai High School who realize that their world is a virtual reality known as Mobius. The virtual idol ‘myoo’ maintains the fantasy, and to get to safety, the Go-Home Club will have to strengthen their bonds as they fight those Digihead students who remain brainwashed.

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PlayStation Vita News

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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Persona 5 trailer highlights the Velvet Room’s Caroline and Justine

The Velvet Room’s Twin Wardens, Caroline and Justine, are spotlighted in a new trailer for Persona 5. Unlike previous entries, the player isn’t welcome in the strange room but instead will find themselves to be a prisoner. Reforming has its rewards, though, as completing prison work will gain them access to advanced features. Initially, they are limited to registering their personas and basic fusion, but after putting in some time, they will be able to try their hand at advanced and network fusion as well as options for strengthening and training. Atlus has also collected the downloadable content that they’ve announced through social media onto a new area on the official site, here, which currently features several costume and music packs (Devil Summoner!).

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

Igor and the Velvet Room return in new Persona 5 trailer, screenshots

Igor is returning with two helpers, Caroline and Justine, in a revamped Velvet Room. Persona 5’s protagonist finds himself back into the strange area whenever he falls to sleep. That means that players will be able to upgrade, create items from, or fuse their collected personas. The latter is comprised of a basic ability that creates a new persona by fusing two together and a more advanced technique that requires three or more. Personas can also be created through network fusion, which will combine the player’s with a random one grabbed from another online player. Unfortunately, fusing requires punishing the personas through hanging, imprisoning, and electrifying them. It’s not for nothing, though, as the punishments enhance them in different ways. Check the trailer out below.

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Four more confidants join the Phantom Thieves in Persona 5

Atlus has revealed a new set of Persona 5’s confidants. These are the townsfolk who players will meet on their adventures and agree to give the Phantom Thieves a hand. Four more are on show, with descriptions and trailers for each: Shinya Oda, Ichiko Ohya, Chihaya Mifune, and Yuuki Mishima. Check below to see the recent additions.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

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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