The Danganronpa series finally made the jump to Switch last year in the form of Danganronpa Decadence (alongside all three main games, and the brand-new Switch exclusive Ultimate Summer Camp getting individual digital releases), bringing murderous teddy bears and pink-splattered crime scenes to our screens. Series creator Kazutaka Kodaka is currently working on his next big project in the form of Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE, but his previous work is always in the back of his mind.
In an excerpt from an interview with Twinfinite, Kodaka-san revealed that he always wanted to make a new IP after Danganronpa, but he’s still definitely open to returning to the school halls of Hope’s Peak Academy — or wherever Danganronpa may take him. He didn’t ask developer Spike Chunsoft about making a new entry in the series because he wanted to make something new, but that doesn’t mean it’s all over:
“It’s not like I don’t want to make another Danganronpa game, but I have a lot of ideas and want to create something new. Someday I may go back, maybe. Danganronpa is more of a niche game, and now I’m working on a bigger one, but it’d be cool to go back to Danganronpa at some point afterwards.”
The full interview with Twinfinite will be published at a later date, but this snippet gives us a little bit of an insight into Kodaka-san’s process. If you’re a fan of his work and have seen any of RAIN CODE, then you’ll see the clear Danganronpa influences.
For his new game, which is launching next year, Kodaka-san is once again working with Danganronpa artist Rui Komatsuzaki and composer Masafumi Takada, and instead of the confines of a school, he’s taking the murder-mystery genre to the cobbled streets of a rather rainy, luminescent city. We had the chance to interview Kodaka-san last month about Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE and discussed the success and influence of the Danganronpa series.
Would you like to see the return of Danganronpa? Let us know before the bell rings!