Identity V is an asymmetrical action mobile game for iOS/Android and PC created by Chinese developer Netease. It is available in English, Chinese, and Japanese.
From May 28th - June 7th, 2020, Identity V held a collaboration event with Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, as part of Spike Chunsoft's Danganronpa 10th Anniversary celebrations. The event featured exclusive costumes (skins) of Monokuma, Makoto Naegi, Kyoko Kirigiri, and Junko Enoshima.
On November 18th, a second collaboration was announced with Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, also as part of the Danganronpa 10th Anniversary celebrations. This event featured exclusive skins of Mikan Tsumiki, Chiaki Nanami, Nagito Komaeda, and Hajime Hinata.
NetEase Games, the creators of Identity V, contacted Spike Chunsoft in 2018 to request a Danganronpa collaboration because Danganronpa has a strong international fanbase - particularly in China where Identity V is developed - and the fanbase of both games has a strong overlap due to their atmosphere. Danganronpa producer Yoshinori Terasawa thought it was a good idea, and eventually agreed to a collaboration that would coincide with Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc's 10th Anniversary. Upon meeting with the NetEase team, Terasawa was impressed that the team were such deep fans of the Danganronpa series, coming to the meeting prepared with a lot of ideas of how the Danganronpa characters could fit into the Identity V scenario, and so they were given full creative freedom. It was felt that because Identity V is popular with junior and senior high school students, the collaboration was also a perfect fit to release alongside the smartphone version of Danganronpa, because smartphones have a different player base than console and PC gamers and both the Identity V and Danganronpa: Anniversary Edition releases would introduce potential new players to both games.
The collaboration was first announced publicly on April 18th, 2020 at the Famitsu/Dengeki Game Awards 2019, where the first teaser trailer was shown featuring a preview of the Monokuma skin. From May 12th - 20th, the collaboration skins were announced over several days via social media, along with an online pre-registration campaign aiming to have 5,000,000 pre-registered players, which was achieved in only 11 days. The May 28th release date for the collaboration was then officially announced on the first episode of Dangan TV on May 21st along with the full trailer. The collaboration launched world-wide on May 28th in English, Chinese, and Japanese.
On May 28th it was announced that crossover collaboration goods are planned, but no details have currently been released.
The second collaboration was announced on November 18th, 2020, on Identity V's official Twitter. Twitter: "“Upupupupu——" Familiar laughter comes from our old friend... Bingo! IdentityV x Danganronpa Crossover II is coming! This time, what kind of surprise will Monokuma bring to us? Dear detectives, are you ready for another class trial? (NOV 18, 2020)The four characters from this collaboration were announced from November 19th - 26th, also on the official Twitter.
From May 14th - May 27th, 2020 an online pre-registration campaign was held on the Identity V website to promote the event, with the goal of reaching 5,000,000 pre-registrations before the event began. Every player who pre-registered received an exclusive Monokuma portrait. The 5,000,000 goal was reached by May 25th, and all players were rewarded with 10 free Essences (in-game currency type).
Monocoins were available in the game as a type of in-game limited time currency obtained by exchanging Echoes (premium currency) at a 1:1 ratio or by completing limited time events. Monocoins could be exchanged for Danganronpa Event Essences (used to try your luck at obtaining a Danganronpa skin, graffiti, or portrait) at a rate of 96 Monocoins:1 Danganronpa Essence, or to upgrade the Mono Mono Machine accessory equippable by Guard 26 (Monokuma). Any unused Monocoins at the end of the event turned back into Fragments.
The Danganronpa Crossover Event Battle was a quest chain. Completing the full quest chain gave players the opportunity to unlock the Mono Mono Machine accessory for Guard 26, 150 Clues (in-game currency), and 192 Monocoins (event currency).
|Quest Objectives and Rewards|
|Quest 1||Log in 1 consecutive day||20 Clues|
|Quest 2||Log in 3 consecutive days||50 Clues|
|Quest 3||Log in 5 consecutive days||80 Clues|
|Quest 4||Complete 3 Normal Matches or Ranked Matches
(No less than 2,000 Deduction Points)
|Accessory: Guard 26 - Mono Mono Machine (B-Tier)|
|Quest 5||Complete 6 Normal Matches or Ranked Matches
(No less than 2,000 Deduction Points)
|Quest 6||Complete 8 Normal Matches or Ranked Matches
(No less than 2,000 Deduction Points)
|Models ripped and rendered by @ciphermachinep|
Four character Costumes (skins) were obtainable from the Danganronpa Event Essences gacha: Monokuma (Guard 26), Makoto Naegi (Lucky Guy), Kyoko Kirigiri (Coordinator), and Junko Enoshima (Barmaid). Each costume also includes newly recorded voice lines from the characters' Japanese voice actors: Megumi Ogata (Makoto), Yōko Hikasa (Kyoko), Megumi Toyoguchi (Junko), and TARAKO (Monokuma).
Each crossover character was announced individually over the course of several days, each with a teaser illustration and clue message followed by a the character reveal several hours later.
Mono Mono Machine Accessory
The Mono Mono Machine is an accessory for Guard 26, intended to be used alongside the Monokuma costume skin. It resembles the slot machine featured in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc which revealed which character was voted guilty at the end of a Class Trial. The accessory gives the player unique bomb effects which are all references to the Danganronpa series: the stars that appear when Monokuma hits the execution button with his hammer, flames from The Burning of the Versailles Witch, Tetris blocks from Please Insert Coin, and baseballs from The 1,000 Blows.
If the Mono Mono Machine accessory is upgraded to SS-Tier, it unlocks a special skin for Guard 26's Rocket Chair (a prop which is used to eliminate Survivor players from the game) to resemble the rocket used in Jin Kirigiri's execution from the beginning of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
The accessory debuted during the Danganronpa crossover event, and is the first accessory in the game with upgradable rarity. The B-Tier version of the Mono Mono Machine could be obtained for free by completing the Danganronpa Crossover - Battle Event quest chain. During the event, the accessory could be upgraded in exchange for Monocoins, or directly with real-world money from the in-game store. After the Danganronpa crossover event ended on June 7th, 2020, it could be only be purchased and upgraded via the store from June 8th - July 25th, 2020.
|A-Tier||Replaces old effect with 1 special bomb effect||480 Monocoins|
|S-Tier||Replaces old effect with 2 random bomb effects||728 Monocoins|
|SS-Tier||Replaces Rocket Chair with "Spaceship"
Replace old effect with 3 self-selected bomb effects
Graffiti are stickers or "sprays" that can be be placed on the map during matches by players. 6 Graffiti were available to unlock from the Danganronpa Event Essences gacha.
Portraits are pictures used on a player's profile in Identity V. 16 Portraits were available to unlock from the Danganronpa Event Essences gacha.
- 4Gamer: 「ダンガンロンパ」はファンとの距離を大切にしてきた――スマホ版リリース＆シリーズ10周年記念，寺澤善徳氏のインタビューをお届け！ (MAY 21 2020)
- 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)
- @IdentityVJP on Twitter: ウププププ――もしかして、コラボコンテンツはもう出揃ったと思ってたなの？それは違うよ、なの！ 第五人格×ダンガンロンパコラボグッズ、発売予定！ワックワクのドッキドキ、なの！ (MAY 28 2020)