Nearly a year ago to the day, Spike Chunsoft announced it was bringing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony to mobile devices as part of the visual novel series’ 10th anniversary. While the first two murder mystery games made it safely to phones and tablets within the confines of the anniversary year, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony hasn’t crossed the finish line yet, and Spike Chunsoft kind of went quiet on the port initiative after Danganronpa 2’s launch in August. But given that the original games started as PSP games and V3 was made for Vita and PlayStation 4, it makes sense that it might need a little bit more time to adapt to mobile devices.
As such, Spike Chunsoft has released new screenshots of how the game will look when it does eventually make its way to phones and tablets. Like the other two games, the UI has been updated to work exclusively on touch screens, as this is the first time it’s been on a system without any buttons for input. It will run you $15.99 on iOS or Android devices.
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I played a fair bit of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc on mobile, and thought it made the transition to my phone pretty nicely. I still think that, ideally, the best place to play these games is still on PlayStation Vita, but they were also removed from the PlayStation Store for the device last year. If you can track down a physical copy, that’s still an option, and might be for the best considering the Vita’s digital store is being shut down later this year.
All this time between Danganronpa 2’s mobile launch and V3’s will at least give new players some time to play and watch the installments of the series that take place in between the two. Including puzzle shooter Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, and the anime Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School. The former isn’t coming to mobile devices, and the latter is the conclusion to the series’ original storyline. If you’re just starting the series with the mobile games and didn’t know about those, I wouldn’t blame you, because the series’ marketing has been so disjointed in its western rollout these things are very easy to miss.