Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp Details Revealed
Spike Chunsoft revealed more details for Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp, a boardgame RPG that is part of the upcoming Danganronpa Decadence bundle. Danganronpa Decadence is an upcoming Nintendo Switch release that includes the three mainline Danganronpa mystery adventure titles Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, with Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp included as a brand new spin-off title.
The mainline Danganronpa series sees groups of high school students — each with an Ultimate talent — trapped and pitted in killing games overseen by self-proclaimed headmaster Monokuma. In order to escape, a student must kill one of the others and avoid being voted as the killer in a Class Trial that follows once any student is found dead. The Danganronpa Decadence release contains the Anniversary Edition content of each game, which includes a gallery mode with character voices, in-game illustrations, and character reference files.
Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp sends the Ultimate gifted students from across the series to a summer camp where they are tasked with discovering Hope Shards. By completing the board game portion, players gain a character’s Hope Shard, with ten required to progress the main story. The board game features multiple squares that can help upgrade characters. Growth squares grant experience points. Battle squares start turn-based combat against Monobeasts, with victory awarding experience and currency and a loss putting players back to the beginning of the board. Event squares trigger random events, with options that change the outcome of the event and potential stat increases from it. Friendship squares trigger conversations and interactions between students, which also grant stat increases.
Each character is one of three types — Athletic, Cerebral, or Balanced — and each has their own special abilities for the board game and combat portions of the game. Board game, or field, abilities can trigger randomly at the start of the turn. For example, the Athletic-type Frenzy ability lets them move twice as far as the number rolled and increases their stats in battle. Combat abilities can only be used once per battle, such as the Cerebal-type Ultra Magic that causes 1.5x the damage of a regular attack.
Other squares include card squares where players pick up cards that confer advantages in the board game portion, though only a certain number can be held at once. Shop squares let players spend Jabbercoins earned from combat on equipment and cards, or sell unneeded cards for more coins. Talent squares let players pick Talent Shards, which are used to learn new skills.
Once players have sufficiently grown their party, they can tackle the Tower of Despair. This sees players taking a party of four characters from the board game mode up a 200-story tower, battling against waves of enemies. Characters do not get stronger in the Tower of Despair mode, but Monobeasts drop materials that can be used to craft new equipment. Each floor has three missions assigned to it, and completing these missions grants Monocoins, which are used to unlock new characters.
Monocoins and Monomicoins can be spent at MonoMono Machines, which give players a chance of getting new characters or items. The machines have different drop rates and require different coins; for example, the MonoMono Machine is more likely to grant swimsuit SR cards while the Golden MonoMono Machine has only high-rarity cards. Characters and character-upgrade cards can be obtained by spending real-world money, but all are unlockable by playing the game.
Danganronpa Decadence is set to be released for Nintendo Switch on December 3, 2021. All four games are also available to pre-purchase individually through the Nintendo eShop now. A physical edition containing all four games on one cart is available to pre-order for $59.99, while a Collector’s Edition that includes a 18″x24″ cloth poster, three lenticular cover art prints, a 10-track soundtrack CD, and a collector’s box is available to pre-order for $99.99.