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The Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Demo Version is a demo chapter for Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. It was first released for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 consoles in Japan on December 20th, 2016, and will be released worldwide with English localization in August 2017[1].

About

The demo is approximately between 1hr30-2hrs long, and allows players to play as Kaede Akamatsu for the first time, briefly meet the new cast of characters, experiment with the new gameplay mechanics (such as being able to "smack around" objects while investigating), explore a small section of the school, and try out the new Class Trial minigames. Because the story is unique to the demo, it does not spoil any of the plot of the main story, instead heavily referencing the previous, Japan-exclusive demo of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, known as Dangan Ronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei (Trial Version), and featuring the murder case of Yasuhiro Hagakure who does not appear in the storyline of the full game.

DRV3 Demo Completion Rewards
Completing the demo, and transfering the save data to the full game, will reward the player with 333 Monocoins, the Class Trial skill "Point-Blank Fire" and the demo-exclusive present "Nail Brush", which unlocks an cutscene during Chapter 1 of the full game[2]

Release

The demo - known in Japan as New Danganronpa V3 Trial Version - was first announced on Spike Chunsoft's New Danganronpa V3 development Ameblo blog on December 1st, 2016[3]. The demo is only the 2nd demo ever released for the Danganronpa franchise, since the release of the Japan-exclusive demo Dangan Ronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei (Trial Version) 6 years prior. The demo was promoted in the December 15, 2016 issue of Famitsu magazine, where it was revealed that the demo would feature an original story exclusive to the demo, and that Makoto Naegi, Hajime Hinata, and Yasuhiro Hagakure would appear as guest characters[4]. New Danganronpa V3 Trial Version was released on the Japanese PlayStation store on December 20th, 2016 for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4[5].

After the release of the demo, there were a number of consumer complaints about the audio quality on the Vita release of the demo, voicing concern about the audio quality that would be present in the full game, due for release on January 12, 2017[6]. The concerns were addressed by Danganronpa V3 associate producer Yuichiro Saito on the New Danganronpa V3 development blog, explaining that the poor audio quality was due to "capacity limitation" on the PS Vita, and assured players that after the release of the full game they will be able to download a DLC patch which improves the audio quality[6]. The patch for the full game was released on January 18th, 2017, 6 days after the game's release.[7].

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Demo Version is the first Danganronpa demo to be released outside of Japan. It was initially made playable at E3 2017 from June 13th to June 15th, 2017[5], with both English and Japanese voice tracks available to attendees. During the event, a 16 minute commentated preview of the demo was streamed by PlayStation Underground as part of their E3 coverage[8]. The demo was then available to play for attendees of Anime Expo 2017 from July 1st to July 4th, 2017, and later at a press event hosted by NIS America and Kazutaka Kodaka held in London on July 10th, 2017[1]. 30 minutes of gameplay footage from this event was shared by Gamereactor on Jul 13th, 2017[9], followed by an exclusive video preview of the full demo by IGN on July 31st, 2017[10]. It was confirmed by Chris White of Godisageek.com who attended the London press event that the demo is due to be released in August 2017.[1]

Plot

Danganronpa V3 Killing Harmony Demo Version Kaede Waking Up
Reminiscent of the prologue of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Kaede Akamatsu woke up on her desk, unable to recognize her surroundings and not knowing how she got there. Makoto Naegi, seeing she had woken up, introduced himself as Kaede's upperclassmen, and Ultimate Lucky Student. Makoto already knew Kaede was the Ultimate Pianist, because, as in the Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, he had researched the students' talents before coming to the school. Makoto encouraged Kaede to read the note sitting on her desk. It read:

"If you want to progress the story... come to the gym. But please be careful. There are other people wandering around. If you talk to them, you'll end up having to listen to their introductions. Deja vu! I've just been in this place before! Er, sorry, there's no time for that right now... Anyway, come to the gym. Seriously, please."

Danganronpa V3 Killing Harmony Demo Version Makoto and Kaede parting ways
Kaede then left the classroom with Makoto, introduced herself to each of the students, including previous protagonist Hajime Hinata, who introduced himself as also being her upperclassmen. She then headed for the gym. Once there, Makoto told Kaede that he could not go with her beyond that point, because she's protagonist now, and that they will meet up later. Before leaving, he told her that although she might feel despair, he didn't her to throw away hope, and that even if there is despair on the horizon, he and Hajime are there to help.

Danganronpa V3 Killing Harmony Demo Version Kaede meeting Monokuma
Kaede entered the gym, and met Monokuma for the first time. He introduced himself as the academy's headmaster, and explained to her that she and the rest of the students are going to spend the rest of their lives within the walls of the school unless they kill one another, and briefly explained the rules of the killing game to her. He told her that he has prepared a dormitory for each of the students, and that she should go there next.

Danganronpa V3 Killing Harmony Demo Version Yasuhiro Hagakure's body
Kaede learned that she would be sharing the room with the other "protagonists", Makoto and Hajime. After entering the room, however, she found it trashed, with upturned furniture, knife slashes on the walls and bed, and smashed glass on the floor. She entered the bathroom, and there she found Yasuhiro Hagakure's body, with a knife in his abdomen. Monokuma appeared and explained it was now her and her classmates' job to investigate the crime scene and find evidence for the upcoming Class Trial.

Danganronpa V3 Killing Harmony Demo Version Rantaro giving Monokuma terms
After investigating and collecting evidence, and meeting the Monokubs, Kaede headed to the courtoom, and K1-B0 and Rantaro Amami agreed to not participate in the Class Trial due to there not being enough podiums, on the condition that they would still be allowed to vote on who they believed the blackened was. Monokuma agreed to his terms, because "Even with these speedbumps in the road, the destination won't change. The outcome of this trial... is absolute."

The Class Trial began, and all evidence appeared to point to Makoto, however, Monokuma interrupted the trial, saying: "That's it! I won't let you go any further! Cuz this is just the demo version!".

Danganronpa V3 Killing Harmony Demo Version Yasuhiro wait for me
Just as it seems the Demo is over, however, more text boxes appear over the black screen, with Makoto and Hajime asking Monokuma how their acting was. Makoto, Hajime and Monokuma all say goodbye, but not before Yasuhiro shouts "Heeey! Wait for meee!", implying he never really died, and that the whole case was just for show.

Truth Bullets

Monokuma File
DRV3 Demo Truth Bullet (01) The Victim is Yasuhiro Hagakure. The time of death is estimated to be around 1:30pm. The body was discovered in the Protagonists' Room in the dormitory. The victim died in the bathroom. The fatal blow was a stabwound in the abdominal region. There were no other noticeable wounds.
Evidence of a Struggle
DRV3 Demo Truth Bullet (02) Several slash marks from a blade were found on the bed and walls of the Protagonists' Room.
Suspicious Knife Handle
DRV3 Demo Truth Bullet (03) The kitchen knife found stabbed into Hiro's abdomen. The knife is covered in blood, but the blood found on the handle is a different color.
Short Brown Hair
DRV3 Demo Truth Bullet (04) Brown hair found in the Protagonists' Room. Presumed to belong to someone in the academy, but too short to be from Yasuhiro. The only people with similar hair color and length are Makoto and Hajime.
Missing Makoto
DRV3 Demo Truth Bullet (05) Makoto had not been seen since Monokuma called everyone to the gym. He reappeared during the middle of the investigation. Accordig to him, he had been looking around the academy the whole time.
Kitchen Knife
DRV3 Demo Truth Bullet (06) There were kitchen knives of various sizes available in the kitchen, but one of them was missing.
Tenko's Account
DRV3 Demo Truth Bullet (07) Before the body discovery announcement, Tenko was in the kitchen making tea. At the time, all the kitchen knives were still there. After that, she had tea with Himiko in the dining hall. When she went back to the kitchen to put the tea cups away, one of the kitchen knives was missing. In addition, someone went into the kitchen while Tenko was having tea with Himiko in the dining hall.

Videos

Trivia

  • As in the Japan exclusive trial version of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, instead of meeting all the students at once, the protagonist meets the other students in different parts of the school and talking to them is optional. The note on Kaede's desk also references this, saying: "If you want to progress the story... come to the gym. But please be careful. There are other people wandering around. If you talk to them, you'll end up having to listen to their introductions. Deja vu! I've just been in this place before! Er, sorry, there's no time for that right now..."
  • Danganronpa V3 Demo Ouma Spelling

    Image from E3 2017

    At the E3 2017 premiere of the Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Demo Version, the English translated opening intro included Kokichi Oma's name spelled as "Kokichi Ouma", which goes against typical NIS America localization spelling. NIS America confirmed this was an error that would be rectified by the release of the public demo[11], and it was later corrected in the full game footage released by IGN on July 31st, 2017.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Godisageek.com: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is cooler and crazier than ever before (July 13th, 2017)
  2. Twitter Icon @KaibutsuShidou: "Rewards for clearing the demo: 333 Monocoins, Present: Nailbrush, Skill: Point-Blank Fire" (11th January, 2017)
  3. Ameblo.jp: 『ニューダンガンロンパV3』スタッフブログ始めました (December 1st, 2016) (Japanese)
  4. Famitsu.com: 『ニューダンガンロンパV3』、苗木や日向が登場する体験版の配信決定! おまけモードは、人生的なゲームにダンジョンRPG!? (November 29th, 2016) (Japanese)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dualshockers.com: Danganronpa V3’s PS4 and PS Vita Demo Now Available on Japanese PlayStation Store (December 20th, 2016)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Playstationlifestyle.net: Danganronpa V3 Vita Audio Quality Can Be Improved via DLC (December 29, 2016)
  7. Gematsu.com: Danganronpa V3 PS Vita voice quality improvement patch now available in Japan (January 18th, 2017)
  8. Youtube.com: PS Underground: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony - Gameplay Demo (June 15th, 2017)
  9. Gamereactor.eu: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony - Gameplay (July 13th, 2017)
  10. IGN.com: DANGANRONPA V3: KILLING HARMONY - FULL PS4 DEMO (ENGLISH)
  11. @NISAmerica: "The correct spelling is "Oma." This issue was already reported, and we'll be getting it fixed in the demo and full version :)"

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