Spike Chunsoft’s anime-influenced detective series Danganronpa was a pretty big hit on PSP initially, before expanding to other platforms like PS Vita and PS4. But its spiritual successor, Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE, looks like it could skip PlayStation platforms – at least for now. The release was dated at the latest Nintendo Direct, with no mention of any timed or console exclusivity this time. (A previous trailer had indicated it’d launch “first” on Nintendo Switch.)
We checked in with the developer to see if it had plans to bring the title to PlayStation at any point, but it told us in no uncertain terms that the release is “for Nintendo Switch only”. While its stance may very well soften over time, we were anticipating a less concrete statement from the company, suggesting PS5 and PS4 could be off the agenda right now.
It’s one area where Nintendo’s overall success in Japan has started to impact PlayStation’s software lineup. While the majority of Japanese games still target PS5 and PS4, those smaller, nicher titles which were once the bread-and-butter of platforms like the PSP and PS Vita have started to release elsewhere. Let’s hope RAIN CODE eventually investigates Sony’s systems, regardless of what the publisher is saying at the moment.
It’s not just their lack of PS5 sales in Japan up to now guys, it’s been like this since Sony started censoring or banning Japanese content circa 2018. With doubt about the amount of work / alteration that would be needed to get games on the platform came a worsening business case.
@thefourfoldroot1 What's weird is it's only them doing it. Xbox and Nintendo don't even care about censoring games (or at least to Sony's extent, I know Nintendo doesn't censor third-party).
A lot of games on PS, even from western developers, get the censorship treatment too (unless it's from them first-party, which makes them look even worse in this case).
It just hurts developers more by forcing to do workarounds to be able to meet SIE standards to publish on PS.
@thefourfoldroot1 that’s true. I think it could skip PlayStation primarily because Sony’s censorship rules
Might just be that Nintendo made a deal with them between their last showing and now. These things happen all the time
This game will underperform and then they'll put it on PlayStation and probably Game Pass at the same time or afterwards. Love love love Danganronpa but it feels obvious to me that this game won't set the world on fire.
I just don't think they want to say it's coming to other platforms later when it hasn't even launched on switch itself. Wouldn't they have fixed it by now if that quote in the 1st direct was a mistake. That or the quote could just mean it goes to PC only later
As for the software, idk. The only big ones I can think of that just skipped PS are nisa with those classic collections and in turn nisas been making falcom switch over (altho it's really only one game and it was just announced, maybe it'll come to ps later). If anything I'd say we've been getting a lot more smaller Japanese software than ever thanks in part to the switch being a bit of a home console too. It's like all those otome games straight up ditched PS but in return it got a bunch of games that would usually be exclusive to ninty handhelds. I wouldn't have believed you if you said we would one day play Theatrhythm FF or the collection of megaman battle network games on PS back when it was WiiU/3DS, PS4, and X1
That's a surprise, I assumed it was coming to all main platforms. I'm still on the fence with this game, so it's more likely to sit on my wishlist for a while if it's Switch exclusive.
So excited for this game.
That said, third-party stuff almost always goes to other platforms over time. It's probably just a timed exclusive for Switch.
There can't be many playstation owners who don't have a switch at this point. They slot together so well. I tend to get games like these on Switch.
@thetraditional in the past, Nintendo used to censor games like Mortal Kombat until they realized that they made a big mistake. Now Nintendo only censors their 1st party games but leaves 3rd parties alone
Also very excited to try this game. Was hoping to get it on PlayStation though. But if it performs well on Switch that works.
Really hope Sony repair relationships with Japanese developers like these - ive always said these types of games were the difference maker in diversifying the line up
@thetraditional @anoyonmus Hi could either of you tell me which first party nintendo games are censored?
@yohn777 Tokyo Mirage Sessions was changed for its western release.
@Ryall Anything more recent? That was like 8 years ago
A shame if true. From the gameplay trailers of the game running on switch it already looks like it's running terribly, as usual.
Sony has absolutely fallen from grace. I know it's easy to turn a blind eye because they keep releasing Visual Showcase games, but these games are all the same in formula. They are so safe, and stripped of any sense of individual identity. This stringent stance on "censorship" has ruined the brand for me. We can't see Lady's tush in DMC 5, but no issues with some of the absolutely disturbing scenes in TLoU2.
@OnceaThief Agree. I remember before PS5, there was lots of variety. I feel like now, it's all conforming into this same "genre" from nearly all of Sony's studios.
But, as long as these big current titles sell very well, nothing will probably change. Even more so with the GaaS and PSVR2.
I mean, this heavy censorship stuff started after they moved HQs and operations from JP to US.
@yohn777 forget what I said about first-party censorship on Nintendo Switch games, forgot they hadn't done that in forever since 3DS/Wii U, my bad lol
I think this game will come to PS, Xbox and PC eventually. Just it's a timed Switch exclusive so they can't say much on it coming to other systems for now. I can't think of many Spike Chunsoft games that have missed PlayStation
I'll be getting it on Switch to play in the same way I played all the Danganronpa's and Worlds End Club. They just work well on the go.
This has to be a timed exclusive, they're just not going to admit it so the Switch version gets more sales.
@OnceaThief Yup. They burned most of my good will away because of how they’ve turned their backs on these kinds of games just chasing Hollywood bait with stuff like The Last of Us.
The Japan Studio days with stuff like Puppeteer, LocoRoco, Gravity Rush, Ape Escape, etc. are long gone.
Most of the sales will be from switch and pc (if it's available there) anyways, the switch already replaced playstation as the place to play small / AA japanese games.
@yohn777 Mirage Sessions was censored in the West. But I’m not sure what else. Maybe the Fire Emblem and Xenoblade Chronicles games but I could be wrong
@anoyonmus Xenoblade X was censored as well, but that was in the Wii U days. Nintendo as a whole has changed how they do things since then, and honestly has mostly snapped up the audience Sony left behind, so these kinds of games being more and more exclusive to Switch/PC in the future would not be a shock to me.
Times like this i miss the PS VITA. Even if this was out on PS5, I'd get the Switch version. Playing visual novels on a big screen is just wrong.
Exclusive like another NISA series game just wait and get a complete version at a discounted price.
@Sakisa I think Rain Code could come to PC eventually but I doubt Xbox and Playstation.
@thefourfoldroot1 Why would a Japanese company ban Japanese content? not doubting you I'm just genuniely curious as to why
Well, one, they moved their head office to California.
But, more to the point, it was around the time they removed regional offices and centralised everything. They obviously decided to revise their policies at that time and, to avoid bad PR, ban certain things that where far more common in Japanese games.
@OnceaThief DMC 5 received a patch in US that removed the censorship.
It's very rare for smaller Japanese Switch exclusives to get late PS port so I think they're skipping PS altogether.
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