Take a few moments to figure out that word in the title. We’ll wait.
Got it down? Alright. Utawarerumono (or, if you’re feeling particularly meme-tastic today, Underwater Ray Romano) is a visual novel/strategy RPG hybrid series that some may know from its anime adaptions in 2006 and 2015. The series began as an adult PC title in 2002 before making the move to all-ages with a PSP remake in 2009. Both titles, however, remain Japan exclusive (although fan translations have been made).
In 2015, developer and publisher Aquaplus released a sequel to the original in Japan, entitled Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, for the PS3, PS4, and Vita. Deception followed a different cast of characters from the original, and received a direct follow up subtitled Mask of Truth in 2016.
This morning, Atlus announced their plans to bring this “Mask” duology to the west. While no exact dates have been announced, Deception is planned for Spring 2017, while Truth is set for Fall. The western release is dropping the PS3 version, with only the PS4 and Vita versions being localized.
Both titles will receive physical and digital releases, except in Europe, where the Vita versions will be digital only.