I'm not sure if anyone noticed but recently there was an update on the PS Blog that Deception IV: Blood Ties was coming to the US on PS Vita and PS3 in March.
For those unfamiliar with the franchise, the series has been around a LONG time. The first Deception game was released in the US as Tecmo's Deception (Kokumeikan in Japanese, literally; "Cruel Life House") for the launch of the PS1 in 1996. The game was one of a kind, breaking the mold of traditional SRPGs with it's emphasis on passive, trap-laying gameplay. The game was very dark for it's genre, even carrying a disclaimer on the back of the box warning players of "satanic references" in addition to it's TEEN rating.
The game was played entirely in first person, the first and last game in the series to do so. It also features much more traditional RPG-like system of upgrading items and stats by leveling up. It featured six alternate endings, certainly not the first game to do so, but the concept was still relatively fresh. It was also notorious for it's save games which took up more than half of the PS1's memory cards at the time.
The second game in the series was titled Kagero: Deception II in the US or Kagerou: Kokumeikan Shinsho (literally; Mirage: Cruel Life House True Chapter) in Japan. It came out a mere two years after the release of the first game (1998 for both regions). This game switched the perspective to third-person, and expanded upon the trap system with a combo system that would be the base for future entries. Fans speculate that this game is intended to act as a prequel to the first game, with the main character, Millennia, being heavily implied to be the main character from the first game. Your character is stuck in a war between two sides, and you are able to dictate which side you will stand with. Tecmo completely reworked the gameplay to deepen the strategic aspects of the game adding multi-part traps that took a bit of thinking and planning to set up.
Deception III: Dark Delusion was released in 2000, again for PS1. In Japan is fell under the title of Soumatou, or "Pale Demonic Light". The game featured a new, unrelated character named Reina, who is sold into slavery and must use her trapping powers to defeat her captors and discover the origin of the mysterious pennant she carries. The game added a few new modes, but other than that remained very similar to the previous game in terms of core mechanics.
Moving into the PS2 generation gave us yet another entry, this time simply titled "Trapt" in the US (while still going under the Deception name in Japan; Kagero II: Dark Delusion). The game featured improved visuals, a new system of specialty traps and an exciting new story featuring Princess Allura, a young girl on the run who enters into a demonic contract to exact revenge upon her pursuers. This game came out a full 5 years after the release of the previous game.
Finally we're back at where this post started, the newly announced Deception IV: Blood Ties or, as it is known in Japan, Kagero: Dark Side Princess. The game is a call back to the original Deception game, with it's gameplay heavily reminiscent of that first title. It's schedule for release for both PS3 and Vita on February 27th in Japan and March 25th in North America.
How many of you are familiar with this franchise? Are you looking forward to the new game? For those who have never heard of it, are you interested in trying it out?