Siliconera previously spoke with Danganronpa creator Kazutaka Kodaka and we promised not to post it until the end of the year to give players time to play through it before talking about its ending.
Now that Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony has been out for over three months, here’s our little conversation with Kazutaka Kodaka. Again, it may contain spoilers to some, so those of you who’ve yet to finish the game might want to skip this for now. You can also check out our spoiler free interview here.
And here it is:
Kodaka-san what do you think of reality TV?
Kazutaka Kodaka, Creator, Director, and Scenario Writer: “That’s a hard question to answer. I have a lot of thoughts into it, but of course reality TV is showing people’s lives as how they unravel with a lot of drama. So there are parts that might tie into the game.”
The ending of Danganronpa V3 is interesting since it can have different interpretations. What do you think about the ending and how fans are reacting to it?
Kodaka: “We put what we felt would be fun and interesting into a game and this goes for Danganronpa V3 too. We don’t think about making a game that would fit what fans would expect. We are proud of the ending because lately there aren’t many games that have fans debate over the ending.
The Western culture really likes reality TV and it’s really popular there. Because of that, I feel the Western culture will have different views on the ending and I’m excited to see if the Western gamers would be able to accept the ending more compared to Japan who is focused on the characters and character popularity. If you are focused on the characters you might find the ending strange or very sad.”
Where do you want to take the Danganronpa series next?
Kodaka: I don’t have any plans after Danganronpa V3, but this game is centered around lies. And this interview may be a lie too.
Cyber Danganronpa VR was an interesting take on the series. Would you like to revisit VR for a future game?
Kodaka: Right now we haven’t decided if we will go that direction. Cyber Danganronpa VR completes itself as a demo. If we were to work further on it we would have to create it from scratch.
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC.