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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc’s School Life mode to offer new storyline

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The School Life mode in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc will add a new storyline and gameplay elements to the PlayStation Vita title, script editor Phoenix Spaulding told Siliconera during a recent interview.

Trigger Happy Havoc, a re-release of the original Danganronpa, takes place at Hope's Peak Academy, where students are forced to murder each other to escape. According to Spaulding, the School Life mode will be available after players beat the game for the first time.

"You'll have the choice to begin this mode, which explores what might happen if the students were all trapped in the school together but weren't forced to begin killing each other," Spaulding said. "So this mode will offer a new storyline and new gameplay mode, and on top of that you will be able to hang out with students one-on-one to explore different parts of the school, as well as learn even more about them than you did during the main game."

The script editor also touched briefly on NIS America's localization vs. the already available fan translation. According to Spaulding, NIS America "made a point" to avoid reading the fan translation to avoid outside influence.

"From comments we've heard from fans after the announcement, it looks like there are a few minor differences regarding character name spellings and things like that," Spaulding said. "Other than that, what we can say is that we approached the localization of this just like any other project, attempting to convey the spirit and tone of the story while still making it accessible for potential fans regardless of how familiar or unfamiliar they may be with the game."

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc will be available for PlayStation Vita Feb. 11 in North America and Feb. 14 in Europe.