Spike Chunsoft has revealed new information for the upcoming Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp, the fourth title being included in Danganronpa Decadence. This particular title is a revamped, enhanced version of the Ultimate Talent Development Plan board minigame in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. Players will find themselves on Jabberwock Island, a resort consisting of 6 connected islands.
The story of Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp introduces the Ultimate gifted students as players are on a mission to obtain a character’s Hope Shard to progress the story. Collecting ten shards will advance the narrative. Additionally, there are various ways players can develop their character, including:
- Growth Square – Stopping on a Growth Square will grant experience points. As you advance to the later islands, the amount of experience gained from Growth Squares will increase. These squares are the most direct path when it comes to character growth, so you can’t go wrong with stopping on one when you’re not sure where to go.
- Battle Square – Battle Squares trigger battles with Monokuma-type monsters known as Monobeasts. Upon defeating them, players can earn experience points and currency used in the board game known as Jabbercoins, but if they lose, they will be sent back to the beginning of the board, resulting in a time loss. There are also Midboss Battle Squares, which spawn Monobeasts that are stronger than those found in normal Battle Squares.
- Event Square – Event squares trigger various events that occur in the summer camp. Some events have multiple options that will change the outcome and resulting stat increase.
- Friendship Square – Friendship Squares trigger conversations between characters. Players can enjoy interactions between characters across different titles that wouldn’t be possible in the mainline series. Character stats will also increase after the conversation is over, so it’s quite an attractive square to stop on.
- Card Square – Card Squares grant helpful cards that can give an advantage on the board game. There’s a limit to how many cards can be held at once, so be sure to use them to reap their benefits. Card effects include movement buffs that double the number of squares you can advance and those that increase battle stats.
- Shop Square – On Shop Squares, Jabbercoins earned from battle can be used to purchase equipment and cards, and unneeded cards can be sold for Jabbercoins. It seems there are also ways to acquire items without spending coins…
- Talent Square – On Talent Squares, the player can pick and acquire one of three types of Talent Shards needed to learn new skills. The quantity and type of shard required vary depending on the skill, so it would be a good idea to decide how you would like to develop your character before deciding on the shard type and abilities to learn. For example, upgrade your character’s offense, or specialize in healing. Be sure to plan out your character’s role for when you’re done developing your character and form a party to take on the Tower of Despair.
Further, characters can be one of three types, Athletic, Cerebral, or Balanced. Each has a special ability that triggers on the field (board game) and specific battle commands. On the field, type-specific special abilities will trigger at random at the beginning of the turn. Athletic types have Frenzy, which allows them to advance twice as far as the number they rolled and increases their stats in battle. (image left)
Type-specific battle commands like the Cerebral type’s Ultra Magic, which inflicts 1.5 times the damage of a standard attack, can only be used once per battle. (image right)
Characters developed in the board game can be used in the Tower of Despair, a battle mode in which players fend off waves of enemies. Form a party of up to four members and take on Monobeasts awaiting you in the 200-story tower.
The battles on each floor have three missions assigned to them, and clearing them will grant Monocoins as a reward. Monocoins are needed to unlock new characters, so take on as many missions as possible.
In addition, when Monobeasts are defeated, the player can earn various drops and materials. Gather materials to craft equipment and make your party even stronger. Spend your Monocoins and Monomicoins at the MonoMono Machines in the School Store for a chance to pull new characters and items. The three types of MonoMono Machines have different drop rates and require machine-specific coins.
All content such as characters, character upgrade cards, and items can be unlocked by playing the game. Further, all characters and character upgrade cards can also be purchased through the MonoMono Machines at the School Store with real-world money.
Danganronpa Decadence will launch on Nintendo Switch on December 3, 2021.
You can view the contents of the Collector’s Edition here.
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