Deception is one of those Japanese series the uninitiated would assume never got out of the country until you remember that indeed they all have, albeit it with confusing names. First there was Tecmo’s Deception: Invitation to Darkness in 1996, followed Kagero: Deception II in 1998 and Deception III: Dark Delusion (all for PlayStation). Kagero got a sequel that was released in America in 2005 as “Trapt” as Tecmo (rightfully?) assumed nobody knew what Deception was, much less Kagero. Eight years later, the series is being revived with Deception IV: Blood Ties, the sequel/threequel to Trapt/Kagero II.
Due out in 2014 in Japan (now officially dated for February 27), North America and Europe, the game will be released for PS Vita and PS3 simultaneously and is a pseudo-remake of the first game in the series. Five minutes of footage was released today (kudos to AllGamesBeta for cobbling it all together) that show off a lot of strategy RPG action. There’s pumpkin heads, scantily clad females and lots of menu sorting — everything we’ve come to expect from the series. It doesn’t look all that visually impressive, but it is limited by the concept and the fact that it’s being cross released on the PS Vita. Thankfully, the voice acting and character animations save it by looking and sounding great.
Check out the footage below: