Hey, doods! It’s your humble Prinny David from NIS America here to school you with a cohesive thesis on our upcoming title, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc — a revised and revamped edition of the very first Danganronpa that appeared on PSP in Japan in 2010. The game is set to release on February 11th in North America, exclusively on PS Vita — just in time for Valentine’s Day! You guys ready to fall in love with some ultimate brutality?
In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, you take on the role of Makoto Naegi — an excruciatingly ordinary teenager who one day finds himself accepted into Hope’s Peak Academy. This is an ultra-prestigious school meant only for the best and the brightest and basically anyone but the ordinary. Some of Makoto’s fellow classmates include Leon, the Ultimate Baseball Star; Chihiro, the Ultimate Programmer; and Sayaka, the Ultimate Pop Sensation, so what’s a guy like Makoto doing here?
Looks like Makoto’s got enough to deal with trying to find his place amongst Japan’s teen elite, but things get a little tougher when he suddenly falls unconscious and finds himself rudely awakened by an evil black and white robot bear calling himself Monokuma. He announces to the students that they’re all locked in, and the only way out is to kill another student and get away with it. Pretty much the beginning of every high school movie ever. There’s a catch, though – if you get outed as the killer, then you’ll face Monokuma’s deadly punishment, and if you do get away with murder, you’ll be dooming your other classmates to death.
Still, it doesn’t take long before your classmates start scrabbling for the outside and end up killing each other in the process. So much for the best of the best! Now it’s up to you to investigate each murder, hold forth in trial, and discover the psycho bear’s ultimate motive so you can escape from this forsaken high school.
The gameplay is similar to the investigative nature of the Phoenix Wright series, with a dash of 999 and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward storytelling thrown in. You’ll begin each chapter in “Daily Life” mode, roaming the campus and speaking with your fellow classmates to find out what makes them tick. The more you get to know characters, the better your relationship with each of them will be, which can be improved by giving them gifts you think they’d like.
You might think, “Why would I need to be friends with these people? I just wanna get out of here!” and you could do that, but improving relationships unlocks skills, which come into play a little later.
After this benign period of how-do-you-do, someone always ends up a little murdered, and you’re quickly thrust into the investigative mode of “Deadly Life.” During this time, you’ll utilize the analog sticks or tap the touch screen to scour the school and crime scenes for clues. You’ll need to pay attention to every detail and conversation you have here, because once you’ve gathered enough evidence on what went down, Monokuma will gather all the students and begin…
The class trial. This is where you’ll employ all your gumshoe work in some fast-paced rounds of timing- and rhythm-based minigames. Your classmates will try to come at you with misinformation, but you’ll literally shoot their words down with Truth Bullets — facts that you’ve gained to dispute their lies. Now remember those skills I mentioned earlier that you gain from relationships? Here’s your chance to use them! You can equip skills like “Robot Jock,” which increases your Truth Bullet rate of fire, or “Lost in Thought,” which increases trial time limits — all to aid you in your quest for the truth.
As you hone in on a suspect, they’ll become more and more defensive and the gameplay will switch to a rhythm-based section where you’ll tap a button or the screen in time to clear the air of their protestations. Throw in some word puzzles and crime scene comics and you’ve got yourself the most high-stakes mock trial high school’s ever seen!
As you unmask the killers, you’ll raise even more questions. What’s the real story behind Hope’s Peak Academy? Why does this murderous little bear hate high school kids so much? And could there be an even more sinister force behind this twisted game…? Steel yourself against falsehoods and arm yourself with the facts — surviving high school has never been this deadly.
Keep an eye out for Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc in February, and remember: “One truth prevails!” Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to put on my deerstalker cap and investigate who stole my sardines…
Until next time — Prinny out, dood!
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“The gameplay is similar to the investigative nature of the Phoenix Wright series, with a dash of 999 and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward storytelling thrown in.” Alright, you got me.
Wow, really nice, never thought we’d be seeing this on the west
Sounds good to me! Will get!
I hope this gets a EU release =]
You’re in luck! It will get an EU release on February 14, 2014!
I can’t wait for this jam. I want a shirt with that Monokuma bear on it, what a sinister character design.
The day you originally announced we were getting this game was the day I stopped watching the anime for fear of spoilers.
Can’t wait! :)
I played through the fan-translated PSP version and it is easily one of the best games I’ve ever played; I’ll be buying it again to support it and raise the chances of the sequels getting localized as well!
Hopefully NISA will be releasing some merchandise and PSN avatars to go with it!
Glad to see we finally get a release date. My friend’s been mentioning this game for quite some time now. She says that I pretty much have to get it so she can steal my vita to play it lol. Still, this game does sound very interesting regardless.
How much will it cost?
The game will be available for $39.99 for both retail and PSN. Ooh-ooh!
Only bad thing about this announcement for NA is that it only comes with the first episode =/. Other then that cannot wait to play this amazing game on my Vita.
Awesome news David, this is one game that got alot of poplarity in the East but ive never dived into it to find out what it was all about, really itching to try this out! Thank you for bringing this over!
Any chance of a Limited Edition? That’s all the information I need to decide when to pre-order this.
Thank you so much for bringing this over!
Standard retail editions will be available in stores, and we MAY just be announcing a Limited Edition for our online store later on today. ;)
all my money, now to continue waiting for the NISA LE pre-orders to open
How big will the game be on US PSN? If it’s more than 1GB I may get it retail, otherwise I am so hype for my GotY 2014 contender X3
I’ve played the fan translation by Project Zetsubou and I absolutely loved it. I wasn’t a fan of visual novel before, but after playing the PSP version of this game, I was hooked. This is a day one purchase for me when this comes out, I just wished it was sooner.
can’t wait! really worried we won’t get the second one though >.>
We’d definitely want to localize the second one if the first gets a positive reception in the West, dood!
that sounds really interesting. And visually it looks a hella like Persona 4 Golden. I’m interested
Absolutely can’t wait for this!
NISA! please localize Ciel no Surge, the new Atelier Rorona, and both Neptunia rebirths.
Wow I’m sold! Will this have a CE or something similar?
How’s it going, vinardus?
Please see my reply to comment #13, dood!
Show off your most Super Duper Limited Edition Set!
What is different between this version and the psp one? What as been added or revised? Anyway, it looks great and I’m hooked on the premise.
The Vita version has spruced-up the visuals, added touchscreen controls, and all-new post-game content!
Any idea when it’ll be up on the NIS store? I’d really like to order a Limited Edition if possible.
Please see my reply to comment #13. Keep your eyes out, dood!
Will both US and EU get a retail release?
Yes indeed! February 11th for US and February 14th for EU!
How the Trophies will work i ask because this is only the first game and in japan the first and second shared the same list.
This game looks interesting.
Another game not worth the $40 price tag.
……Sorry for being negative, but so is the asking price.
See you possibly on Plus, on another title, I did not want.
People want games you can play, why even bother having a thumbstick (controller), and just go buy an Ipad.
Or for that matter read a book.
Vita =’s GAMING console, NOT Storybook.
*Stories are great, but they are supposed to be in addition to an actual game.*
I would better accept a tutorial device teaching me the Russian language, while playing.
you got me at 999 and virtue last reward
Wait, so you’re charging full price? I don’t know if I like that, since in Japan they’re getting both games. I know it’d be risky, and a ton of localization work to do both at once. But I thought you’d probably go the digital only route (which is a bummer) and price it at $30 or something.
It’s great it’s at retail, but I don’t know about $40…
But if the Limited Edition you’re ;) about is awesome… then you probably will win me over. You guys and your damn LE… making me broke!
@28: You don’t have to like this type of game, but they’re still games. Games aren’t made to appeal to you and you alone.
Lets say there will be a Limited edition on the NIS store, (Then it will be US only) sure you can play it on a EU account but my question basically is. Is there DLC’s for this title? Need to know if I should bother with the Limited edition or not as swapping accounts is just a to big hassle on Vita.
Nice avatar! There won’t be any DLC for Danganronpa, so you can definitely bother with the Limited Edition, dood!
I know that this remake/port in Japan came with 1 + 2 + a “school mode” and “island mode” where you would be able to spend time with characters and date them… will we ever get this school and island mode, if the second one does get released? I’ will buy the european version btw!
Finally. I’m a huge danganronpa fan. I have to pre order though considering my town never gets JP games and I don’t got no EBGames near by. Really hope it gets good reception so the Second will be ported as well.
I presume their won’t be any DLC for this game?
I hope the answer is no, so I can pre order the game or LE from NISA Store.
I also dig your avatar! Please refer to comment #32!
Can’t wait :D
EU price is 39.99€?
That is indeed going to be the price for you, dood!
Hmm, can you tell me more about Vita-only additional content? Is it worth it, if I played original PSP version? Please, be honest, dood!
I’m excited for this game. I hope it’s good. The bullet truth thing sounds sort of weird but I guess it’ll make sense with gameplay. I’m happy this is getting released in the US. I hope the second one comes out, and I’m excited for Demon Gaze too! Keep the Vita games coming!
My Vita is ready. :D
This will include the new “School Mode” too right?
Great news! Looking forward to the LE edition :D
When it goes down to $19.99 digitally, i may try it.
How perfect. My LE of The Guided Fate Paradox just arrived today, and now I have something else I to order from NISA :p.
Hmmm, this piques my interest since we sure need more Vita games. Killing teenagers, eh? Who would want to do that? ;-)
Ok, so there’s a Europe release date… what about AUS/NZ?
(thanks for bringing it over… though i’m still kind of iffy about the “ultimate” instead of “super highschool level”)
The release date for Australia and New Zealand will be February 14th as well, dood!
Was very excited when i saw the announcement, but as soon as i saw the screen shot not using the phrase “Super high school level” i got a little disappointed, if you guys are going to go half way on the translation, Ill go half way on the price
We definitely understand your concern, but the localization of the game reflects what we think most accurately fits the context and the characters of the games. We worked closely with Spike Chunsoft to make sure everyone was on the same page regarding the accuracy and quality of the final version, and we think you’ll be happy with the results if you give it a chance, dood!
To everyone complaining about the price:
Really? Come on. It’s worth it.
Thx NISA to bring this title. Now, my body is ready d^^b
Do you guys know if Europe will get a retail version (the whole europe, not only the UK)?
We will indeed be releasing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for all EU-regions, dood!