Danganronpa creators’ new game coming westward


The Danganronpa series of games allowed for all sorts of Saw-esque adventures and bizarre romances. Producer Yoshinori Terasawa and game designer Takayuki Sugawara, the creators of the Danganronpa series, have a new kind of survival game, and it is coming to the west without the kind of delay their games have normally experienced before localization. That game is Zanki Zero: Last Beginning, and it should be here sooner rather than later.

Zanki Zero takes us to a weirdo vision of The End. The ruins, dungeons, and islands of a post-apocalyptic world are seen through the POV of eight protagonists as they fight for survival and search for meaning in their never-ending cycles of life and death.

God created the world in seven days. It only took one day for humans to destroy the world. Life as we knew it sank to the depths of the sea…until yesterday. We do not yet know the broken world and the reasons left behind there. An earth where ruins drift about. Buildings, houses, light posts. Cars, traffic lights, asphalt… Modern civilization was destroyed, becoming nothing more than debris wading in the sea. New ruins drift one after the other before the protagonist, who lives on one of those decaying islands.

–8 Clones, 7 Deadly Sins, Infinite Lives – Play from the POV of one of eight protagonists in each chapter and explore the dungeons, towers, and islands to uncover the deadly sins of their past.

–Survival of the Fittest – Hunt for materials and food while fending off monsters in real-time battle environments, but don’t forget to go to the bathroom (seriously, it’s bad for your health and fatal for your party).

–Live, Die, Repeat – With only 13 days in one life cycle, each clone’s stats, abilities and capabilities differ from youth to old age. Depending on how you die, you can even earn bonus upgrades for your next life cycle. Take advantage of each life cycle to the fullest!

Danganronpa’s first entry came out in 2010 with the most recent release in 2017. We’ve written about it at length here and also over here. The visual novels range from cutesy click ’em ups to often unromantic romances, many of which have been making their first appearance on PC via Steam, sometimes years after their original release.

Check out Zanki Zero’s Steam page right here.

Time travel, the inability to die, and a vast apocalyptic conspiracy all sound right up my alley. Looking forward to it.


  1. MrCrun says:

    “Danganronpa is a visual novel/detective adventure in which a sadistic cyber-bear drives teenagers to murder each other. Ursine villain Monokuma’s monologue doesn’t occur during the climactic scene of the game; instead, it occurs throughout, in segments known as “Monokuma Theater”. Ever wanted to know what chatting with a psychopath over drinks would be like? Monokuma Theater is for you.”

    You realise that’s verbatim from the first Danganronpa link you posted. Might not be plagiarism exactly but it is damned lazy.
    I don’t mind console games on RPS or rants about stuff but that seems scummy.

    • DoctorDaddy says:

      Agreed. This is not up to par for RPS. I come here for the wit and integrity, and this sort of copy paste fails on both counts.

    • TheBetterStory says:

      What’s odd is that the entire copy-pasted segment could be removed without affecting the article much at all. Hopefully someone edits it out.

    • DoctorDaddy says:

      Both the quote from the rps article and the block quote also fail to include attribution.

      The article about when the game is coming to the West does not indicate when it might be coming out.

      These seem like very basic but crucial things. I’m not looking to gang up on the new guy, but this has been the level of content the last couple of weekends. It really is at odds with the level of writing I’m used to seeing here.

      Oh, and the game link goes to a 404.

      • Babymech says:

        To be fair, the game doesn’t have a release date, so all that’s known is that the release date is expected to be the same on all platforms. Still, other outlets made that lack of knowledge clear in their articles.

  2. TheBetterStory says:

    I loved the first two Danganronpa games, but was quite unenthused by everything the team produced after that. I’m glad to see they’re starting over with a new IP.

  3. Seafoam says:

    If the earth is destroyed then the whole 7 deadly sins thing feels a bit reduntant doesn’t it?
    Not like I’d know before the game comes out, but unless the sin is tied into the destruction of the earth or god it feels slightly weird as a motif.