Here's an interesting oddity for Danganronpa fans in North America. More information has been revealed regarding Danganronpa Another Episode, a spin-off title that's less murder mysteries and point-and-click adventuring and more third-person action. Literally translated as Absolute Despair Girl: Danganronpa Another Episode, the game takes place in-between the two Danganronpa adventure games, though it's certainly a tad more out of this world.
Fear ye, those who dislike spoilers. We'll be talking about the events of the original Danganronpa from here on.
In the starring role of Another Episode we have Komaru Naegi, who fans of Danganronpa may recognize as Makoto's little sister. Makoto being the protagonist of the first Danganronpa, of course. Basically, Makoto is stuck in the midst of some insane attack by an army of mechanical Monokumas. She arms herself with a sort of megaphone hacking device and sets off to set things right. Players will also have the opportunity to play as Toko Fukawa, or should we say Genocide Jack?
Komaru will encounter, beyond the robotic Monokumas, a group of adult-murdering children who fancy themselves RPG characters. The five kids consider themelves a part formed to include a hero, a priest, a warrior, a sage and a mage. Of course, they're just little kids, but in an Absolute Despair game even little kids can be terrifying murderers.
There's an odd trend in Japan to make these sorts of oddball third-person action/shooter titles right now. I'm not entirely persuaded that they're either good or interesting, but when the brand name Danganronpa is slapped on there I lose all critical composure. I can't wait to see what sort of game Danganronpa Another Episode turns out to be.
Absolute Despair Girl: Danganronpa Another Episode will launch in Japan on September 25. There's currently no planned western localization at this time, though Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair will be launching North America also this September. Both are PS Vita titles, and hopefully the success of both with lead to more and more Danganronpa.
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