Prelude to the Fallen is a remake of the original Utawarerumono, featuring enhanced visuals and gameplay. It’s already available on PS4 and Vita, having been localised by NIS America in 2020. According to Shiravune, the PC release will use “a re-polished version of the translation used previously in the console versions.”
Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen releases January 22 on PC, with patches to “include the new auto-save functionality, along with some minor improvements and fixes” arriving for Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Mask of Truth at the same time.
Utawarerumono series summary via Shiravune:
The series traditionally starts with the protagonist awakening in an unfamiliar landscape
in the care of a girl with animal ears and a tail. The protagonist and that girl form the core of the party before recruiting a wide, varied cast of friends and allies. Eventually, more serious themes develop as the player and the protagonist learn more about the world, its people, and how things came to be as they are.
In Japan, the series has sold hundreds of thousands of copies, sometimes within a week of a new game’s launch.
So what’s so great about Utawarerumono? Well…
- Kick-ass, gut-punching story with long builds and hard twists
- Spectacular, almost instantly nostalgic soundtrack
- Deceptively deep sci-fi/fantasy setting rooted in native cultures
- Contemplative themes about humanity and the world
- Turn-based tactics combat with a cast of immediately-likeable characters
All three of the games in the trilogy are story-heavy visual novels with occasional grid-based tactical battles in the vein of Final Fantasy Tactics.
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