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An all-star cast of characters from the Danganronpa series, will come together to battle at a tropical resort!

Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp, known in Japan as Happy Danganronpa S: Super High School Level Tropical Dice Camp (ハッピーダンガンロンパS 超高校級の南国サイコロ合宿), is an upcoming expanded version of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony's Ultimate Talent Development Plan, released as part of the Danganronpa 10th Anniversary celebration. In Japan and Taiwan, the game will release on November 4th, 2021[2], and will later release in North America and Europe on December 3, 2021. It is a Nintendo Switch exclusive.[5][4]

The game is a RPG board game featuring characters from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony and Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls[5].

The game is available as a physical-only bundle for Danganronpa Decadence, or standalone in digital format from the Nintendo eShop.

Synopsis

"With an all-star dream lineup of characters from each Danganronpa game, gather Hope Fragments at a tropical resort. Explore Jabberwock Island and develop your Dangan characters. Gather money through battle and upgrade your equipment, then defeat bosses and move on to the next island!"- Official synopsis[6]

Gameplay

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Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp is an expanded, stand-alone installment of the board game minigame Ultimate Talent Development Plan (UTDP) which previously featured as post-game bonus content in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. Danganronpa S is set in an alternate universe in which characters from all four games are able to interact as peers, in a non-killing peaceful environment based on Jabberwock Island, the tropical location of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Danganronpa S features new sets of sprites featuring the characters in beachwear, new CGs, and new encounters not featured in the original board game. The game features 60 characters[7] and over 1,000 different character events.[2]

Like it's predecessor UTDP, the game features three main modes which work in a cyclical system:

  • The player can play as any main character from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony - or, new to this new installment - Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls. The player unlocks these characters by earning cards from the via a gacha system. There are three MonoMono Machines themed around the machines from the 3 main Danganronpa games, with each machine allowing the player to obtain differing rarities of card. All content such as characters, character upgrade cards, and items can be unlocked by playing the game. All characters and character upgrade cards can also be purchased through the MonoMono Machines at the School Store with real-world money.
  • The player can then use their unlocked characters to play the board game mode, which features cross-over interactions similar to Free Time Events between characters from all four games, allowing characters to interact with characters they never would have met in the normal timeline. The player has 50 days (50 turns) to navigate the Jabberwock Island camp map, encountering other characters, raising their character's abilities, learning skills or obtaining equipment based on which tiles they land on on the board. The higher the card rarity of the character you are playing as, the more significant their stats will be boosted during board game evets.
  • Once the characters are leveled up, the player can then use them in the Tower of Despair dungeon crawler minigame, a battle mode where players defeat waves of enemies in a 200-story tower. The player can create a party of up to 4 characters, who each have different stats and abilities based on how they were leveled up during the board game mode. The goal is to travel around each level of the dungeon and reach the staircase to the next floor. As they navigate the dungeon, they will face random encounters with monsters who they must defeat or run away from to continue. Defeating enemies will earn the player gold (G), which can be used to receive new cards from the gacha or purchase new equipment. The deeper into the dungeon the player travels, the higher level the enemies will be. Every 10th level contains a boss. When a boss is defeated, the level of the gacha machine increases, making it easier to collect rarer (and stronger) cards. While traversing the dungeon, materials can be collected and used to create equipment which can strengthen the characters. In treasure chests, S Tickets and U Tickets can be found, which will award the player a free rare drop from the Ultimate Death Card Machine.

Development

Early Development

According to director Shun Sasaki: "The first Danganronpa game became 10 years old in November 2020. [Danganronpa S] all started with our wish to release some kind of new Danganronpa game in time for the 10th anniversary. We considered many different ways to capture the festive feeling of this milestone, and decided that evolving Danganronpa V3's bonus mode would be a great way to let the whole all-star cast of characters in Danganronpa's history share the spotlight. That's what lead to the creation of Danganronpa S."[7]

On November 13th, 2017, a job listing was posted by developer Spike Chunsoft on Japanese website Levtech seeking a game programmer, character designer, and 3D designer for a future Danganronpa game to be launched on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.[8] On December 20th, 2019, another job listing was posted on Workport by Spike Chunsoft seeking a UI designer to work on an adventure game for PlayStation 4 and PC (Steam). One of the required job qualifications is "someone who likes the Danganronpa series." The other requirements are that the applicant has professional communication skills, as well as experience in UI creation for a console title or equivalent PC or browser title. [9] Both of these listings led to heavy speculation by games journalists and the fandom of an upcoming Danganronpa title[10][11]. The latter job listing is likely to have been related to Danganronpa Decadence, specifically the UI for the Anniversary Editions and Danganronpa S.

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On December 27th, 2019, Spike Chunsoft and TooKyo Games contributed to a "Game Developers New Years Messages" segment in Famitsu gaming magazine, in which both companies confirmed that they are working on something for the 10th anniversary of Danganronpa in 2020. Spike Chunsoft said: "We're preparing many projects for Danganronpa's 10th anniversary.", while TooKyo games said: "We want to create a reunion party-like atmosphere with the players working together with Spike Chunsoft for Danganronpa's 10th anniversary." [12] On April 9th, 2020 it was announced by Spike Chunsoft in Famitsu online gaming magazine that "a lot of new information on games, goods, tie-ins monthly commemorative programs, etc" would be announced over the course of 2020-2021 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series, in what was titled the Danganronpa 10th Anniversary Project.[13]. The first major announcement came in the form of a special segment in the Famitsu/Dengeki Game Awards 2019 online stream on April 18th, 2020, in which the three main-line Danganronpa video games were announced to be ported to smartphones.[14].

Announcement

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Danganronpa Decade was announced as part of Nintendo's 2021 E3 Nintendo Direct presentation on June 15th, 2021 with a 1:50min trailer. It was revealed the collection would include the debut of Danganronpa S alongside the three Anniversary Edition ports, and all four games would also be released digitally as individual titles on the Nintendo eShop. Sub-sites were created on both Danganronpa.com and the Spike Chunsoft English division website, showcasing a number of in-game screenshots, the Danganronpa Decade and Danganronpa S logos, and a new piece of key art by Danganronpa character designer Rui Komatsuzaki. The North American pre-order contents and box art were revealed later that same day by Spike Chunsoft's English division.[15][16]


Development

Unlike all previous main games in the franchise, which were directed by Kazutaka Kodaka, the development team for Danganronpa S was helmed by director Shun Sasaki, who was also the director for the original Ultimate Talent Development Plan. The team brought back Yoichiro Koizumi, Nami Tayama and Satomi Hachimura - the writers behind the Free Time Events and Hotel Kumasutra events featured in Danganronpa V3 - to write all brand new scenes for the game. The vision for the game was an alternate universe based on the question "what if Hope's Peak Academy never had any killing games?". Despite it being an alternate universe however, character's backgrounds and relationships in the main games are unchanged.[7]

The goal with Danganronpa S was to improve on Ultimate Talent Development Plan in all aspects, but it became difficult when it came to upgrading some of the graphical elements.[7] The game was originally being developed with all assets in 2D, but pivoted to 3D for the board game elements to elevate it. The art designers put effort into recreating Jabberwock Island as seen in Danganronpa 2, with all buildings and objects exactly as they were in the original game.[7]

As of July 21st, 2021, Danganronpa S's development was 90% complete, with the developers focusing on game balance and fixing minor bugs.[7]

Release

Danganronpa S is available in the Danganronpa Decadence compilation in physical cartridge format in Standard Edition or Collector's Edition variants with all four games on one game cart, or à la carte as four individual game downloads via the Nintendo eShop. The physical releases are published by Spike Chunsoft worldwide, except in Europe where the game is published by Numskull Games. Both the physical and digital versions are playable on Nintendo Switch in TV mode, tabletop mode, or handheld mode.

The game is available in three languages:

Japanese English Trad. Chinese
Text Voice Text Voice Text Voice
Japan
NA/Europe
Taiwan

Physical

In North America and Europe, the Danganronpa Decade Collector's Edition includes all four games on one cartridge in an exclusive Collector's Edition steelbook with unique artwork. The game is bundled with a 18x24" cloth poster featuring new artwork by Rui Komatsuzaki of Kyoko, Nagito, and Shuichi; a lenticular print art print set for each of the main three games; and a special 10-track remixed soundtrack CD composed by Masafumi Takada. The Standard Edition includes all four games on one cartridge with no bonus material.

In North America, pre-orders opened on June 21, 2021, with an RRP of $59.99[17] (Standard Edition) or $99.99[18] (Collector's Edition). In Europe, pre-orders opened on June 23rd, 2021 with an RRP of £49.99/€59,90 (Standard Edition) or £89.99/€99,90 (Collector's Edition).[19]

In Japan, the physical box set is titled Danganronpa Trilogy Pack + Danganronpa S (ダンガンロンパ トリロジーパック+ハッピーダンガンロンパS 超高校級の南国サイコロ合宿) instead of Danganronpa Decadence. It will release on November 4th, 2021 and features Japanese voice and text only. Pre-orders opened on July 19th, 2021, with an RRP of ¥4,980 (standard edition).[2] The premium "Famitsu DX Pack" collector's edition bundle was available exclusively through the Japanese retailer Ebten, and included a B2 tapestry, an acrylic art panel, an eco bag, a bromide of Junko Enoshima, and one Danganronpa S character swimsuit acrylic standee. The bundle was priced at ¥10,978, or ¥9,878 without the swimsuit standee.[20] A number of other retailers offered pre-order bonuses on the same day, although much of the contents' final artwork is still TBA.[21]

In Taiwan, where the series is called 槍彈辯駁, the physical box set is titled 槍彈辯駁 三部曲合輯 + 幸福槍彈辯駁 S 超高中級的南國擲骰合宿. It will release physically on November 4th, 2021 for 1,350 NT$. Preorders will received four bonus PVC collectible trading cards of Kyoko Kirigiri, Chiaki Nanami, Kaede Akamatsu, and Komaru Naegi.[3][22]

Digital

In Japan, the digital versions of the Anniversary Edition Nintendo Switch ports and Danganronpa S will release alongside the physical release on November 4th, 2021. The Danganronpa 1, Danganronpa 2, and Danganronpa V3 Anniversary Edition ports are priced at ¥1,782, whereas Danganronpa S is priced at ¥2,000.[2]

In Taiwan, the digital versions of the Anniversary Edition Nintendo Switch ports and Danganronpa S will release alongside the physical release on November 4th, 2021, with the price still to be determined.[3]

Music

Masafumi Takada, the composer of all previous games, returned to compose 10 new remixed soundtracks.[23]

Characters

Note: This is a list of the roster who is speculated to be playable based on the trailers released on Nintendo's E3 2021 Presentation, subject to change after the game is released.

Danganronpa 1

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Monokuma Makoto
Naegi
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Aoi
Asahina
Byakuya
Togami
Celestia
Ludenberg
Chihiro Fujisaki Genocide Jack Hifumi Yamada Junko Enoshima Mukuro Ikusaba
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Kiyotaka Ishimaru Kyoko
Kirigiri
Leon
Kuwata
Mondo
Owada
Sakura
Ogami
Sayaka Maizono Toko
Fukawa
Yasuhiro Hagakure

Danganronpa 2

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Usami Monomi Hajime
Hinata
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Akane
Owari
Byakuya
Togami
(Imposter)
Chiaki
Nanami
Fuyuhiko
Kuzuryu
Gundham
Tanaka
Hiyoko
Saionji
Ibuki
Mioda
Izuru
Kamukura
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Kazuichi
Soda
Mahiru
Koizumi
Mikan
Tsumiki
Nagito
Komaeda
Nekomaru
Nidai
Peko
Pekoyama
Sonia
Nevermind
Teruteru
Hanamura

Danganronpa V3

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Angie
Yonaga
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Gonta
Gokuhara
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Himiko
Yumeno
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K1-B0
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Kaede
Akamatsu
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Kaito
Momota
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Kirumi
Tojo
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Kokichi
Oma
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Korekiyo
Shinguji
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Maki
Harukawa
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Miu
Iruma
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Rantaro
Amami
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Ryoma
Hoshi
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Shuichi
Saihara
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Tenko
Chabashira
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Tsumugi
Shirogane

Danganronpa Another Episode

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Shirokuma Komaru
Naegi
Kurokuma
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Hiroko
Hagakure
Jataro
Kemuri
Kotoko
Utsugi
Masaru
Daimon
Monaca Nagisa
Shingetsu

Trivia

  • Danganronpa S is the first standalone game in the franchise to have been neither written nor directed by Kazutaka Kodaka.
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    Both Aoi Asahina and Kyoko Kirigiri's S-Rank outfits are based on swimsuits featured in merchandise created as promotional pre-order bonuses for Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School.
  • On the advertising image featuring the European collector's version of Danganronpa Decadence shared by Numskull Games on Twitter, the rating from PEGI is visibly 18, while the first three games in the series were previously released with a PEGI 16 rating. This PEGI is however noted as "provisional". This however could also be a change for all three titles, or a new rating due to the release of Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp.
  • Danganronpa S is the first game in the series to be launched exclusively to a Nintendo platform.
  • At 29 days, Danganronpa S has the shortest period between the Japanese and English releases of any game in the series. The previous games in the series had time periods of 1 year (DR1 vita, DR2 vita, DRAE vita) and 8 months (DRV3) between the Japanese and English releases respectively.


Links

  • Danganronpa.com: JP / NA
  • Nintendo Switch e-Shop: NA / EU

References

  1. Twitter: Chinese title translation courtesy of @izuriu, @egg10314, and @Arcane2618 (JULY 10 2021)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Famitsu: Switch版『ダンガンロンパ』の発売日が11月4日に決定。新作ボードゲーム『ハッピーダンガンロンパS』には新規水着グラフィックを収録 (JULY 07 2021)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 GNN: 《槍彈辯駁 三部曲合輯 + 幸福槍彈辯駁 S》確定 11 月 4 日發售 將推實體版優惠套組《ダンガンロンパ トリロジーパック + ハッピーダンガンロンパS 超高校級の南国サイコロ合宿》 - 巴哈姆特 (JULY 07 2021)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Twitter: Danganronpa Decadence Release Date (JULY 06 2021)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Youtube.com: Nintendo Direct E3 2021 (JUNE 15 2021)
  6. Spike Chunsoft: About Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp (JUNE 15 2021)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 @kaibutsushidousha on Tumblr: Translation of Famitsu: July 21, 2021 issue (JULY 21 2021)
  8. Gematsu: Spike Chunsoft hiring staff for "Danganronpa modeling and texture creation", mentions PS4, PS Vita, action (NOV 15, 2017)
  9. Gematsu: Spike Chunsoft hiring staff for ‘Danganronpa UI designer’ (DEC 20, 2019)
  10. Playstationlifestyle.net: Spike Chunsoft Hiring for Next Danganronpa Game (NOV 15 2017)
  11. Nichegamer.com: Spike Chunsoft Hiring Staff for New Danganronpa Work, Mentions PS4 and PS Vita (NOV 16 2017)
  12. Siliconera: Spike Chunsoft and TooKyo Games discuss Danganronpa 10th Anniversary (DEC 27, 2019)
  13. Famitsu: 『ダンガンロンパ』10周年企画始動! 毎月の記念番組やゲーム、グッズ、タイアップなどの新情報を発表予定 (APR 9, 2020)
  14. Famitsu: 『ダンガンロンパ』『2』『V3』の3作品がスマホで配信決定。『IdentityV 第五人格』とのコラボや緒方恵美MCの生放送情報なども【ファミ通電撃アワード】 (APR 18, 2020)
  15. Spike-chunsoft.com: Spike Chunsoft Danganronpa Decade sub-site (English) (JUNE 15 2021)
  16. Danganronpa.com: Official Danganronpa Decade site (English) (JUNE 15 2021)
  17. Amazon US: Danganronpa Decadence - Nintendo Switch (JUNE 21 2021)
  18. Amazon US: Danganronpa Decadence Collector's Edition - Nintendo Switch (JUNE 21 2021)
  19. Numskull Games: Danganronpa Decadence Pre-order Page (JUNE 23 2021)
  20. Ebten: ダンガンロンパ トリロジーパック + ハッピーダンガンロンパS 超高校級の南国サイコロ合宿 (JULY 19 2021)
  21. Danganronpa.com: Official Danganronpa Decade site (Japanese) (JULY 19 2021)
  22. GNN: 《槍彈辯駁 三部曲合輯》收錄之《幸福槍彈辯駁 S》公開主視覺圖 亞洲版預購特典曝光《ダンガンロンパ トリロジーパック + ハッピーダンガンロンパS 超高校級の南国サイコロ合宿》 (JULY 19 2021)
  23. Spike Chunsoft: Danganronpa Decadence Pre-order bonus site


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