According to an upcoming interview to be published in Famitsu and spotted by Japanese tipster ryokutya2089, Master Detective Archives: Rain Code scenario writer Kazutaka Kodaka reveals that the game’s map will be larger than the 23 wards of Tokyo combined. Additionally, Kodaka also spoke briefly about the game’s content, including subquests and other events. Notably, Kodaka also states that there is a “big surprise” in store, but that it is still in development. [Thanks, ryokutya!]
In an interview with Famitsu Weekly, Kodaka states that the area in which the game takes place is “larger than the 23 wards of Tokyo”. Known as Kanai Ward, players will explore this 3D world during their investigations as trainee detective Yuma. Furthermore, he states that there will be plenty of things for players to do, including meet-up events with other detectives, subquests, and more.
The map’s sheer scale may explain why Rain Code has been in development for over six years. To this, Kodaka clarifies that the developers have been working “non-stop” during that time period. He also notes that one of the key issues in the investigative genre was the repetitiveness of investigation methods. As such, Kodaka states that they designed the game so that each case should allow players to enjoy a different way of investigation. To top it off, Kodaka goes on to note that the studio is also planning a “big surprise”
Kodaka has previously worked as a writer on the Danganronpa series, as well as 2020’s World’s End Club. Developing Master Detective Archives: Rain Code is Spike Chunsoft, the developers behind the same Danganronpa series. Previously, Rain Code was known as Enigma Archives: Rain Code.
Master Detective Archives: Rain Code will release sometime in Spring 2023 for the Nintendo Switch.