After a Nearly Year-Long Delay, Danganronpa V3 is Coming to Mobile

The visual novel was planned to come to mobile devices last May.

It looks like the Danganronpa visual novels will finally all be on mobile this month, as Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is coming to iOS and Android devices on April 12.

The third and, as of right now, final Danganronpa murder mystery game was delayed indefinitely nearly a calendar year ago on mobile devices after a steady rollout of the first two visual novels on iOS and Android platforms. The ports were meant to be part of the Danganronpa series’ 10th anniversary in 2020, thus the “Anniversary Edition” in the titles. But with this delay, Danganronpa V3 missed the window by almost two years. The initial delay announcement cited “an issue […] discovered during the final round of checks.” At the time, the port was set to launch on May 26, 2021 and was delayed two days prior.

Whatever the case, now anyone who’s been playing the series on a phone or tablet can now see the extremely meta conclusion on the same device they experienced the first two games. But even with Danganronpa V3 coming to mobile next week, the series’ full story isn’t playable on iOS or Android, as Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls was never ported to those systems, and doesn’t appear to be in the cards at this time. Given the game is a puzzle shooter instead of a visual novel, it makes a bit of sense that it wouldn’t translate as well to devices without buttons and analog sticks. But it does mean anyone who wants to experience the full breadth of Spike Chunsoft’s series will have to look to other platforms like PC, PlayStation 4, or Vita. Or, you know, watch it on YouTube. They’ll also need to catch Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School, an anime that concludes the first two games’ story before playing Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. I know. It’s confusing, but only really because the companies involved in the series haven’t done much to illustrate how best to experience this series.

In the time between Danganronpa’s mobile rollout, the series has also debuted on other platforms, such as Xbox, and on Switch through the Danganronpa Decadence collection. The Switch ports are a bit rough, which is a shame considering the games lend themselves to handheld devices. The collection also includes a new game called Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp, which is fraught for a lot of reasons outlined in our review.