Developers Spike Chunsoft are bringing Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair to PC, making the game available on Steam alongside the first title on April 18th.
Fans of the visual novel style of game will be happy to hear that the award-winning Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair will be coming to Steam next month, having previously only been available to PS Vita users in the West.
While Japanese players could also access the title on PSP, Danganronpa 2 has never been available to PC gamers, making April’s release all the more exciting. This announcement comes just one month after the first Danganronpa‘s Steam release, suggesting that fans of the murder mystery series were all too happy about the game’s arrival on their computers. The sequel will reportedly appear on Steam on April 18th with a $30 price tag.
The game’s story takes place after the events of the first Danganronpa but this time an all new group of classmates will find themselves on a tropical island, rather than a school. The premise is very much the same: once again the player character will have to solve a series of murders as their new friends attempt to get away with killing one another, in return for freedom.
The player must collect evidence and present it at the class trials in order to sentence the guilty party before they escape the island and leave the others to their fate. Of course, the game’s murderous teddy bear Monokuma will be along for the ride once again.
Developers Spike Chunsoft’s decision to bring the game to Steam was likely due, in part, to the financial success of PC gaming over consoles. With Steam reaching a larger and larger audience every year, it seems strange that the team hasn’t branched out from the PS Vita before this point, especially since the system has been referred to by Sony as a “legacy platform.” As far as consoles go, the Vita is a system with some of the lowest sales in the West, though it tends to be more successful in Japan where Danganronpa initially released.
Offering ports for such popular titles may be one of the ways that Valve are predicting a PC gaming comeback for 2016. Allowing gamers to play their favorite titles on one system is something that many companies are realizing the importance of, judging by the amount of effort that Microsoft and Sony are putting into making their systems backwards-compatible. Nintendo’s newest 3DS can even play titles dating back as far as the SNES, allowing older fans to replay games that they used to play when gaming first became popular.
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is set for a April 18th release on Steam. It is currently available on PS Vita.