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This article is about content that never made it out of development, and as such, is non-canonical.

Danganronpa DISTRUST (ダンガンロンパ DISTRUST), was a prototype murder mystery visual novel developed by Spike for the PlayStation Portable. The game was scrapped and never released because it was too gruesome,[2] but many elements of the project were redeveloped into Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, along with the Zero Escape series.


Before development began on Danganronpa DISTRUST, Spike had two-year period from October 2007 - October 2009 where most of the company's releases were either sequels or adaptations of existing franchises, with very few new original titles. This led to a drive to develop some new intellectual properties. 

Kazutaka Kodaka gave a game proposal to producer Yoshinori Terasawa, with a general outline of "15 teenagers killing time or our 7 days survival war" (15少年少女殺戮期 もしくはボクらの7日間生存戦争)[1]. At this early stage, emails sent between Kodaka and Terasawa show that the idea of "Psychopop Highschool Detective Mystery" (サイコポップ 学園推理ミステリー), the main concept of the Danganronpa franchise, was already formed. The game was a pure visual novel, containing none of the action elements of the final game.[3] Kodaka continued to develop the game into a "High Speed Reasoning Action" genre, with 2.5D motion graphics, and trial system where the students are executed by majority voting. The game featured red blood, and gruesome executions.

The game was intended for Sony's PSP because of the lower development costs, and because the system was very welcoming for unique games. However, the low sales figures for PSP games and the niche genre meant that it would be difficult for the game to be profitable.[1]

The more gruesome aesthetic of this prototype version of the game and the seeming lack of marketability led to Danganronpa DISTRUST's cancellation, until it was later reworked further into what became Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.


The characters shown in images from a presentation of Danganronpa DISTRUST are prototype designs of the main characters of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.

Early Names[]

Some characters were given different names before their final name was chosen:


Monokuma beta

Monokuma's original design, known as "Phantom", was distinctly human, with visible internal organs, being made to resemble an anatomy doll. Despite being very different from the bear design seen from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc onward, the original design still featured the split half-black, half-white design. Despite being humanoid, according to producer Yoshinori Terasawa, Monokuma was always intended to be a robot.[3]


While little footage or materials of the game have been released to the public, some noticeable changes from the final version of Trigger Happy Havoc were visible in the presentation materials:

  • Trust distrust meter
    During Class Trials, a meter called the Trust/Distrust Meter was seen, which gauges how much fellow students trust or distrust the player over five levels. This is likely to be an early prototype of what became the Influence Gauge.
  • Tough Decisions would occasionally present themselves, which would open up branching paths and alternative endings to the story. The choices made would influence the Trust/Distrust Meter, and with a maximum trust level a character would become your ally during investigations. The level of the meter would also determine which murders would occur.[4]
  • Beat weak points
    Weak Points appear in dialogue boxes, instead of the floating text seen in Trigger Happy Havoc.
Beta execution
  • Beta rhythm game
    A rhythm trial game featuring bullets with trial information that need to be selected with the correct timing. This is similar to the minigames featured in the final game class trials.


One of the only videos circulating that features in-game footage is an execution of Kazuo Matsuzaki (who would later be renamed Leon Kuwata) after he murdered Gyaru Kirigiri (later renamed Kyoko Kirigiri). This execution is very similar to the final version of Leon's execution, although this version features a scrolling selection instead of the slot machine, notable red blood and Kazuo's visible corpse at the end of the execution.


  • It's very likely that the overall look of classroom 5-C in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a nod to Danganronpa DISTRUST, as it strongly resembles images of a classroom shown in the Danganronpa DISTRUST presentation. This classroom is the only room in the game to feature red blood instead of pink, and Monokuma comments that he "just left it exactly how [he] found it."
  • The scrapped background images are based off real-life locations. The ruined classroom above is based off the exhibition 'Detroit in Ruins' by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, and the general area takes inspiration from the (now abandoned) Saint Margaret Mary's Catholic School in Detroit as well as St. David Catholic school.



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Console Games Danganronpa: Trigger Happy HavocDanganronpa 2: Goodbye DespairDanganronpa 1.2 ReloadDanganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair GirlsDanganronpa V3: Killing HarmonyDanganronpa S: Ultimate Summer CampDanganronpa TrilogyDanganronpa Decadence
Betas & Demos DISTRUSTDanganronpa 1 (Trial Version)Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version)
Mobile Apps Danganronpa: Unlimited BattleDanganronpa: Monokuma no GyakushūAlter Ego (App)
Browser Games Monokuma FactoryMonoMono Machine Web VersionNew MonoMono MachinePhoto Frame AR
Spin-Offs Cyber Danganronpa VR The Class TrialKirigiriso