According to reports, the upcoming Nintendo Switch game Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp will feature gacha-style microtransactions. The standalone installment in the Danganronpa series was announced exclusively for Switch during Nintendo’s E3 2021 presentation, and it will be released during the 2021 holiday season.
Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp is an expansion for Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony’s board game. Players will be able to use characters from across the series in turn-based RPG-like battles, similar to the Ultimate Talent Development Plan mode.
Ultimate Summer Camp, on the other hand, has a summer theme and will have the characters hanging out on Jabberwock Island. There are also more familiar faces in the game than in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, as Ultimate Summer Camp includes characters from Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls. The series was thought to have ended with Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, but there is still speculation about a Danganronpa 4 sequel.
Previously, it was known that Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp characters would be unlocked at random by spending Monocoins at various MonoMono gachapon machines. However, developer Spike Chunsoft has now announced that real money will be able to be used to purchase random character cards from MonoMono machines.
According to the developer, there are three types of MonoMono machines, each with its own unique currency and drop rates for rarer characters. At the time of writing, it is unknown how much Ultimate Summer Camp’s microtransactions will cost or how character odds will be balanced.
The mainline Danganronpa games have previously featured gacha machines, but this is the first time the series has experimented with using real-world money as part of the mechanic. In previous entries, the gacha machines awarded players with gifts that they could give to other characters by spending Monocoins found in the game world or earned through class trials.
Replaying class trials was an excellent way to grind coins in order to finish the games. While little is known about how Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp will handle Monocoin types and rarity, Spike Chunsoft did reveal that the Golden MonoMono machine gives a higher chance of obtaining ultra-rare cards, whereas the MonoMono Yachine guarantees a swimsuit card.
This type of in-game monetization has remained contentious over the years, to the point where microtransactions are now regulated in the United Kingdom. Even if the drops in Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp are reasonable enough that players will be able to earn enough coins to obtain all of the cards without paying, the fact remains that a shortcut option may tempt players to spend real money on characters.
Ultimate Summer Camp will cost $20 for the Nintendo Switch and $60 for the Danganronpa Decadence collection. For those unfamiliar with the series, a non-free-to-play title with gacha microtransactions may not be the most welcoming debut on the Nintendo console.