NIS America doubled up on two localizations for Japanese PlayStation Vita titles this weekend, announcing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Demon Gaze for release in early 2014. One's a murder mystery visual and the other's an RPG dungeon crawler, but both are unique titles that may never have made it overseas without a bit of help from NIS America.
The backstory for Danganronpa is a bit complicated, so bear with me. The original Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc was released in 2010 for the PSP, followed by a sequel in 2012. These two titles are now being updated in HD and bundled together for rerelease in Japan on PS Vita later this year. It appears NIS picked up the license for this rerelease, but putting out a bundle for a franchise that has yet to be released in North America. So, we get the first HD update of the two titles, and maybe the second down the road if things work out.
Since I'm not exactly familiar with the franchise, here's a brief list of features to be found in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc from NIS:
- 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!
Demon Gaze is a bit more straight forward of an experience. Released in Japan in January earlier this year, the PS Vita dungeon-crawler RPG was extremely popular. As a follow-up to the title Students of the Round from Kadokawa Games, player's build their own party to go dungeon diving. Acquire loot, unlock new areas, and, well, it's a dungeon crawler -- pretty basic stuff, right?
Since I'm also unfamiliar with Demon Gaze, here's yet another bullet point list covering the game's main features:
- Dungeon RPG progress system: Conquer locations within dungeons to access better items and to draw out the boss!
- HD character and monster illustrations: Experience highly detailed and illustrated art like you’ve never seen before on the PS Vita’s OLED screen!
- Customizable party creation: Choose from more than 90 different character portraits, 5 different races, and 8 different classes and create your ideal adventuring party to delve fearlessly into various beautiful 3D dungeons!
- Subclass flexibility: Utilize special items to gain skills from several other character classes to maximize your characters’ battle potential and survivability!
- Touchscreen quicktravel: Employ the use of the PS Vita’s touch screen to quickly navigate your character through previously explored areas within dungeons
Assets for both games have yet to be made available, so we'll just have to deal with these early details for now. Both Danganronpa and Demon Gaze are planned for release in early 2014 exclusively on the PlayStation Vita. Look forward to more information soon.