NIS America has confirmed that the first game in the Dangan Ronpa Reload port for Vita is coming to the West. The Japanese release will have both games. So what is Dangan Ronpa? The game is actually a murder mystery visual novel. The game takes place in a special high school where the only way to graduate is to get away with murdering one of your fellow students. What’s the catch? You can’t be caught or found out. Here’s some official information for the game straight from the game’s website:
Hope’s Peak Academy is home to Japan’s best and brightest high school students—the beacons of hope for the future. But that hope suddenly dies when Makoto Naegi and his classmates find themselves imprisoned in the school, cut off from the outside world and subject to the whims of a strange, murderous little bear named Monokuma. He pits the students against each other, promising freedom to anyone who can murder a fellow classmate and get away with it. It’s up to you to find out who Monokuma really is, and why you’ve been taken from the world you once knew. But be careful what you wish for—sometimes there’s nothing more deadly than the truth…
- Daily Life, Deadly Life: Trapped in a school-turned-prison, students are murdering each other one by one. You’ll have to investigate each incident, search for clues, and talk to your classmates to try and get to the bottom of each brutal case!
- Mock Trial: The nefarious Monokuma serves as judge, jury, and executioner as you engage in deadly wordplay, going back and forth with suspects, dissecting their statements and firing their words back at them to expose their lies!
- Popularity Contest: Sway classmates to your side in each investigation, squeezing information from them to figure out who did it. And when you do, turn up the heat in a variety of timing and reflex-based game systems to uncover the truth and save your skin!
So what do you guys think? Is Vita alive and well with all these game announcements or is it still flopping around in the water? Dangan Ronpa is slated for release in the West early next year.