Don’t call it a comeback, but it seems like 2017 may be the year of the RPG with larger titles such as Mass Effect Andromeda and Persona 5 and smaller titles such as the unpronounceable Utawarerumono. (Check out the PlayStation Blog post here for the correct way to say it.)
Starting with the spring release of Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, you play an amnesiac who wakes up on a snowy mountain wearing nothing but a hospital gown. (It sounds like the beginning of the next Hangover movie.) Later this year, Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth will be released, and it will be a sequel to the first game. (So, it will be the Japanese Hangover 2?)
After being rescued from the wilderness by Kuon, a girl with animal ears and a tail (that is sure to earn a few purchases from the furry community), the main character will begin a journey that will change the world. It seems like the stereotypical setup from classic RPGs, but there are some changes to the formula.
First, the story is told in a visual novel format, and it is a main focus of the 40 – 50 hour game. Second, the battle system is a hybrid of turn-based and active combat. If you can continue to dodge and complete charging attacks for critical hits, you can continue to attack. The strategy part of the combat is also supposed to be deep, so it make you armchair generals pleased.
RPGs have a long connection to their music, and the recording and remastering was done at Abbey Road Studios and EastWest Studios. Abbey Road has a long history with artists such as The Beatles, Miley Cyrus, Placido Domingo, and even the soundtrack to The Return of the Jedi. The building is brimming with history, and you can check out more artists here.
Both games will be released digitally and physically for the PS4 and the PS Vita in North America, but Europeans will only receive a physical release for the PS4 and a digital release for the PS Vita. The game will have Japanese audio with English text, and we are confident that most people looking at this game will be fine with that.
We do need to mention that the game is mostly unchanged from the original format. However, there is one small part related to the physical discipline of minors that had to be changed. We hate to see any changes, but that is certainly a lot less than some releases.
Check out the trailer for a taste of the visuals, and we will let you know when the official release date is revealed.
Are you loving the overflowing number of RPGs this year, or do you wish they would stay in the past? Is there still room on your shelf and in your heart for a more traditional SRPG? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.