Monochrome Mobius console release date set for September 2023
NIS America has announced that the Utawarerumono series spin-off Monochrome Mobius: Rights and Wrongs Forgotten will arrive on PS4 and PS5 consoles in early September 2023. In North America, the Monochrome Mobius console release date falls on September 5, while players in Oceania and Europe get their copies on September 8. The game launched in Japan on PS4, PS5, and PC, but DMM Games and Shiravune only localized it into English on PC. NIS America announced that it would publish the localized console editions of the game in April.
The company also uploaded a gameplay trailer for Monochrome Mobius.
Monochrome Mobius is a prequel of sorts to the Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Mask of Truth duology (which is itself a sequel to the original Utawarerumono). It stars the character Oshtor, who played a major role in the duology. As a young man in the Yamato province of Ennakamuy, Oshtor meets a young woman, Shunya, who claims to be the daughter of Pashpakur, his long-lost father. Oshtor and Shunya set out together to find out more about the circumstances behind Pashpakur's death and a crisis that might threaten Yamato and the world at large.
Unlike the core Utawarerumono games, Monochrome Mobius is not a hybrid of visual novel and tactical RPG. Instead, it's a more traditionally structured RPG, with overworld exploration and quasi-turn-based battles. Party members will "race" enemies around a timing wheel to take their turns, with attacks and status effects changing their positions on the wheel and the "track" they occupy. Super moves, combat skills, and even summonable companions all play a role in the game's fights. Oshtor and the party also explore the land of Yamato and beyond, finding treasure and running side quests in large open field areas.
NIS America is also selling a limited physical edition of the game via the NIS Online Store. The Limited Edition includes a hardcover visual book, a "Prelude" original soundtrack disk, a cloth poster, two acrylic displays, art cards, and a Collector's Box.
Monochrome Mobius is available on PC, and will launch for PS4 and PS5 on September 5, 2023 in North America and September 8, 2023 in Europe and Oceania. Check out RPG Site's official review of the localized PC edition.