Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls release date announced

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Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls release date announced

The latest entry in the much loved NIS series arrives on 4th September

364. That’s how many days between Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair’s release and 4th September, the day you’ll finally be able to get your hands on Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls in Europe, exclusively for PlayStation Vita.

If you played the first two Danganronpa games, then I’m sure you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the third entry in the series, and if you’re one of those poor souls who never played a Danganronpa game, well then… it just might be time to join dis bear! Still not excited? I think our new trailer will scare you straight.

The first two Danganronpa games had a slower pace. You weren’t running away from robotic bears. You were combing through rooms for clues, deciphering suspects’ words for inaccuracies, and shooting out Truth Bullets to pinpoint murderers. This new episode in the lauded Danganronpa series brings the series’ deep and twisted storytelling to a new genre.


Unafraid of action

This time, you’re playing as Komaru Naegi and Toko Fukawa as they try desperately to escape a city filled with despair. Komaru has been equipped with a megaphone – a hacking gun – that generates Truth Bullets which you’ll use to defeat Monokumas and manipulate puzzles while racing through the streets searching for answers.

The situations you find yourself in are varied and intense, luckily you’ll have a whole host of Truth Bullets at your disposal as you make your way through the terror that fills Towa City. You may find yourself caught in an alley with no escape only to make use of Dance to create a rockin’ (scary?) dance party which allows you to slip through hordes of Monokumas without even doing the worm. Of course, sometimes you may find it best to create some chaos by chaining together targets with the electric power of Paralyze, and then lighting them aflame with Burn.

And then there’s Toko. Armed with her own madness, the way she clears a path can be a touch… crazy. Using a stun gun, she can force herself to switch personalities and become Genocide Jack. I don’t know about you, but a nigh-invincible mad woman wielding scissors that can tear robotic bears to bits scares the bear-jeezus out of me.


Scarily engaging

A lot of shooters have a tendency to overlook the story, or make it almost impossible to really become invested in the characters as you race about shooting everything in sight. Danganronpa Another Episode has changed up the pacing enough that both the story and the characters really stand out.

Between a mix of puzzles, battling Monokumas, and expertly written exposition sequences, it’s actually hard to not become lost in the struggle between hope and despair. Like the first two games, I’ve written off seemingly wonky characters at first blush, only to find myself rooting for them later, or hating them intensely thanks to how well they’re written. Characters are likable and real – if sometimes completely off their rockers.

You’ll be able to join the despair that is Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls on 4th September when it hits stores and PSN in Europe. Until then, you can join NIS America on Twitch.tv on Tuesday, 23rd June for a first look at the game, or, if you’re new to the series, check out Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair to get a sense of what’s in store for you.


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  • Hope we get a danganronpa 3 somewhere down the line.

  • I can’t wait!

  • madmanwithabox12

    Excellent. Looking forward to this, preordered it last week from Rice Digital. Erin Fitzgerald as Genocide Jill is always fun.

    • Nice! Genocide Jack will be even better than ever with Genocide Mode too! Stay tuned for more info on that.


  • Love the DanganRonpa games. Can’t wait for this!

  • I need this in my PS4…!

    Would play this but I’m not going to buy Another portable game console.

    I used my PSP just for Square games and my 3DS for Pokémon and Zelda..

    • Borrow a friend’s VITA and show them the ropes! Despair loves company ;)

    • Well you should buy a Vita. You can at least play some of Square’s games on Vita, and you can play the Danganronpa games, Zero escape games (If ZE3 comes! Please!), and a ton of others that may interest you. If you were interested enough to buy a PSP and 3DS, surely you should see the appeal of the Vita, definitely the best handheld imo, just needs more support from Sony and preferably more AAA support from 3rd parties (Square Enix definitely number 1 on the list for me there)

    • I played Zero Escape on 3DS ^^

      There are no games on Vita I would like to play apart from This unfortunately.

  • You’ve got yourself a sale!

  • Thank you so much for bringing this game to Europe and thank you for VITA support!
    This game looks amazing! Can’t wait!

  • See I want to play these games but I won’t buy any of them until you make the frat game PSTV compatible in Europe.
    I have a vita but I want the option of playing on TV.

  • Looking forward to it! Love you’re one of the only ones making “native vita” titles as I call it. Games that make use of Vita’s extra power and this looks like one of them!

  • This is a day one purchase for sure! I loved Virtue’s Last Reward, Danganronpa and Danganronpa 2 and I am so picking this one up!

  • madmanwithabox12

    If SCEE don’t include this game in the weekly recap, I think it’ll be abundantly clear that they’re both out of touch with the hardcore PlayStation Nation and completely unenthusiastic about the Vita.

  • So is it true that the original Japanese audio is not on the cartridge, and has to be downloaded separately? Why not include the original Japanese voices on the cartridge and make the English voice acting DLC?

    • Because would have no sense at all? ^^

    • The original Japanese audio is not on the cartridge because there was not enough space for it… ^_^;;

      To be honest, the audio files are pretty big. Because we have localized the game into English, we put the English voice acting on the cartridge, but still make the Japanese voice acting available for free for those who enjoy that option!

    • Whatever, as long as the Japanese dubbing is accessible at all. Sorry to say this, NISA, but Danganronpas’ English voice-overs were weak for me and Monokuma’s voice was the worst of all (“pupupu” wins everything). So glad to hear it’s downloadable :)

    • @Jordan Thanks for answering, I figured that was the reason. Just struck me as odd to separate the original voice acting from such a thoroughly Japanese game in favor of the English dub. I think the situation should be the other way around, but that’s just me.

      I hope you can fit both language tracks on cartridges of all the future releases, and if not, go with the original voice acting rather than English dub. Especially with games like Danganronpa.

      @Finfa_Karfein I agree, it just really irks to hear the dub work after hearing the original voice acting.

    • @Tuulenpoika

      i feel the same way i think english dub is the extra that is being made after japanese voices so that should be the DLC not the japanese voices. just means a no buy from me. my money is gonna be spend on something else instead off this game.

    • >I think the situation should be the other way around, but that’s just me.
      @Tuulenpoika: I can assure you that it’s definitely not just you =D

  • Already got the CE preordered.

  • Day one for me. Need more DESPAIR.

  • I’ll handle all the monokumas, all of them!!

    After this morning donut that is.

  • Now if we could only get a sale on Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair that would make my summer. Loved the first one. NIS America is truly one of the best publishers for the Vita, hope it works out for you :)

  • @Jordan Vincent

    from the comment above is the japanese audio again cut from the game and made into DLC? cause i don’t buy games that don’t have it included and in the future just cut the english and do it as DLC.

    seems your going the way off ATLUS with every release nowadays. atleast that means i’m saving money for other games.

    • madmanwithabox12

      It’s free. What are you complaining about?

    • @madmanwithabox12

      i’m voicing my opinion’s it’s my money if you want english dub so bad buy 2 copy to compensate then.
      Digital is nothing but a scam like with konami’s P.T. the japanese voice dub can be pulled from the store and your download list. so in the end there is no japanese dub included.

  • Good, good, you could have waited one day to have 365 days in between, though :P
    Also good to hear that JP voice is at least DLC, that should always be included in the article =)
    Especially with how the Operation Abyss was handled.

    • This way we can still say, it tool less than a year for the english localisation.

    • @SatoshiOokami

      Read the U.S post off this article and browse down and look at the rply i got about most likely it might get pulled from psn or DLC list.

    • @dgnfly: Well, just download it day 1 =)

    • @SatoshiOokami

      sadly Vita doesen’t allow you to switch the memory card to other Vita’s meaning it will be erased completely eventually and you end up with a english dub only copy. and my Vita isen’t what i would call in the best off state.

  • Definitely looking forward to this. I’m really amazed from the comments section here how many other people are fluent in japanese. As a very ordinary and boring gamer who speaks no japanese, I am pleased that an english dub is included in the game as that is the only language I can speak well.

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