Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Visual Novel

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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Danganronpa 1•2 Reload released in stores, online for PS4

NIS has released Danganronpa 1•2 Reload for PS4. The bundle includes the visual novels Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, previously exclusive to PS Vita. Both titles require that players work out who among their classmates is the killer after each gruesome murder during life-or-death trials, as the class slowly shrinks one by one. Guiding the proceedings is Monokuma, an insane bear who serves as judge and executioner.

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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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NIS announces Ys VIII, Culdcept Revolt, release dates, more

NIS recently held their 2017 press event and has since released a host of trailers and announcements. Several new games have been added to their scheduled. Three titles are set to release this summer: Culdcept Revolt for 3DS, RPG Maker Fes for 3DS, and Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle for PS4 and PS Vita. Two more will follow later in the year: Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana for PC, PS4, and PS Vita this fall, and at an unspecified date, Tokyo Tattoo Girls for PC and PS Vita. Five others were also dated: Cladun Returns: This Is Sengoku! (PS Vita, Steam) is coming June 6, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PS4, PS Vita) on September 26, Disgaea 5 Complete (Switch) on May 23, Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (PC) on March 27, and Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (PC) on April 24. And in a surprising bit of news, The Silver Case’s PS4 version will receive two additional chapters, Yami and Whiteout Prologue. Check below to see all of the new trailers.

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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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Visual novel The Silver Case launching for PS4 on April 21

NIS has announced that they will be releasing Suda 51’s police procedural visual novel, The Silver Case, on April 21 for PS4. The physical and digital release is also being offered as a limited edition exclusively on NIS’ Online Store. The special version includes a manga, soundtrack, poster, hardcover art book, and collector’s box for $49.99.

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Danganronpa 1•2 Reload dated, to be released next March

NIS has revealed that Danganronpa 1&2 Reload will be available on March 14. The PS4 collection bundles both of the PS Vita visual novels Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. The official site has also gone live.

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Aksys to bring Period: Cube ~Shackles of Amadeus~ stateside in 2017

Idea Factory’s visual novel Period: Cube ~Shackles of Amadeus~ will be coming to North America next spring for PS Vita. Aksys Games has taken on publishing duties, and is currently localizing the title. After the disappearance of their brother, players begin their search for clues by joining an online role-playing game called Arcadia. Players quickly find themselves caught in the virtual world with their only hope of escape being to beat the game. The 30-plus-hour story will feature branching paths that lead to multiple endings.

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Zero Escape: The Nonary Games launching spring ’17 for PS4, PS Vita

A new bundle is in the works for Spike Chunsoft’s Zero Escape visual novel series. Aksys Games will be releasing a two-game set next spring for PS4 and PS Vita, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games. Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999) will be included along with its sequel, Virtue’s Last Reward, with the former being updated with remastered graphics and a dual audio track with English and Japanese. The adventure-style puzzler has players attempting to navigate their way through trap-filled environments as they attempt to solve the Nonary Game alongside a group of strangers.

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