Danganronpa surprise launches on Xbox and Game Pass

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There’s never a shortage of news and information from Xbox when it comes to Game Pass, but once in awhile they like to throw some surprises us, like today’s launch of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

That’s right, the Anniversary Edition of the fan favorite 2010 visual novel is now available on the Xbox and Windows Store as well as through Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass.

The Anniversary Edition is the definitive version of the game which pairs the original release with additional features like the ability to replay events and dialogue, view in-game sprites and access the Ultimate Gallery, a collection of promotional illustrations and assets from the game’s original artbook.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is the first game in the Danganronpa series, which was released to commercial success and favorable critical reception. It spawned an entire franchise that includes two additional mainlin sequels – 2012’s Goodbye Despair and 2017’s Killing Harmony – as well as anime and novel adaptations.

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Trigger Happy Havoc casts players as student Makoto Naegi, who with his fellow classmates, is trapped in school and must deal with an evil bear named Monokuma who has set up a game of death between the students and is determined to make them turn on each other.

For most of its existence, the Danganronpa series has been exclusive to the PlayStation platform though in later years it began to appear on PC via Steam. The debut of this game on Xbox and the Microsoft Store is quite a surprise. Between this and the premier of the Sega‘s Yakuza franchise on Game Pass last year, it’s an indication that Xbox really wants to make progress in its representation of Japanese IP.

Hopefully we will see more of the Danganronpa games as well as other popular Japanese IPs that have remained largely exclusive to Nintendo and PlayStation platforms come to Game Pass in the months and years to come.