Japanese video game studio Spike Chunsoft takes to Twitter to confirm one of the many rumors circulating around the future of Japanese hits coming to the PC.
Spike Chunsoft’s tweet, which is as close to an actual confirmation as one can get without actually doing so, gives the incredibly direct hint that Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is going to “get very steamy” soon. Unless the developer plans to release some sort of bath house or sauna DLC in the near future, it seems almost guaranteed that the Japanese cult hit will be making its way onto the dominant PC sales platform by way of Steam.
Attention class. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is about to get steamy! pic.twitter.com/T3QdJ6UzGl
— Spike Chunsoft (En) (@SpikeChunsoft_e) January 15, 2016
For those unfamiliar with the title, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is the first installment of a visual novel series that features high school kids being locked within their schools and forced to live there forever. There is, of course, a way out – if someone murders one of the other students and gets away with it, they’ll be free to go and the rest of the students will be left to die. However, if the person who committed the murder is found guilty in a classroom trial, only they will be executed. It’s the type of game that is right at home in a Japanese otaku cafe, but it’s also found a sizeable following in North America and Europe thanks to its PSP and PS Vita releases.
Although Danganronpa is all but confirmed for a Steam platform release, it isn’t known exactly when or how much the game will cost as of yet. It’s also worth mentioning that the release of Trigger Happy Havoc was hinted at a while ago after a large Steam leak suggested a number of popular Japanese titles would be coming to the PC via the popular video game service, and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair was also a member of that list.
Despite Steam’s recent security leak troubles, the digital distribution service still reigns supreme over the PC market. It seems that the gaming world has already moved on from the troubling holiday issue that saw players who logged into the service gain access to random user’s personal and payment information accidentally, perhaps because Valve assured everyone that the Steam service was not hacked, instead suffering an internal caching error that was remedied fairly quickly.
Still, given Gabe Newell and company’s track record of financial and critical success, it’s unsurprising to see developers like Spike Chunsoft and others continue to flock towards the PC service in order to create more exposure and sales for their IPs. Offering ports of popular titles on Steam might become even more important in the near future, too, as Valve has predicted a comeback for PC gaming in 2016 thanks in part to the advent of VR technology.
Do games like Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc interest you? Do you expect even more Japanese cult hits to come over to the Steam service in an attempt to crack the North American and European markets? Let us know in the comments below.
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is currently a PS Vita, PSP, and mobile platform exclusive, and is expected to release for the PC via Steam sometime in the near future.