Starting off the weekend with an info dump, Spike Chunsoft has shared new details on Master Detective Archives: Rain Code, the upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive ‘Lucid-Noir Adventure’ game from the same creative minds as the Danganronpa franchise. This new information, including information on the game’s setting, characters gameplay systems and more can be found below. To top this all off, it has also been confirmed that a ‘Spring 2023’ launch window is planned for North America, Europe and other PAL regions.
SETTING: Take on unsolved cases in Kanai Ward, a strange city caged by unending rain.
Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE takes place in Kanai Ward, a strange city where it constantly rains. The city is divided into several areas, each with a different ambiance. Kanai Ward is also the home of a megacorporation. Both the city and company have grown alongside each other, but for some time, the city has been under the control of the megacorporation. The government does not function properly, and because of its isolation, there is little interference from the outside world. In Kanai Ward, no one can oppose the megacorporation, leaving many mysteries unsolved.
CHARACTERS: Protagonist, Partner and Master Detectives
Japanese VA: Katsumi Fukuhara
English VA: Lucien Dodge
The protagonist suffers from amnesia. His background is unknown, but he was in possession of documents indicating that he was sent to Kanai Ward as a detective-in-training at an agency in the city. He participates in ongoing investigations. A lack of self-confidence results in a tendency to frequently complain. However, he possesses a strong sense of justice and selflessly tries to help anyone in need.
Japanese VA: Sayumi Suzushiro
English VA: Anjali Kunapaneni
A death god contracted to haunt Yuma. She usually appears in her spirit form. Only visible to Yuma, Shinigami is constantly floating and bobbing along at his side. Though cheerful and chatty, this death god’s sense of morality is quite far removed from that of humans. Her words and actions sometimes confuse Yuma. In the Mystery Labyrinth she transforms into a humanoid form and has the power to intervene in matters.
What is a Master Detective?
Master Detective: Among the detectives belonging to the World Detective Organization, this is a detective with a specialized power called Forensic Forte that aids in their investigative activities. Master Detectives are experts in criminal investigation. Using their abilities, they are capable of obtaining information and evidence that would otherwise not be available to ordinary people. Together with Yuma, they take on difficult cases in Kanai Ward.
GAME MECHANICS: Being a Master Detective in the Mystery Labyrinth
Scour the streets and investigate
The entirety of Kanai Ward is rendered in 3D and can be freely explored. Visit various locations, including crime scenes, and gather leads by conducting interviews. Avoid overlooking hidden clues by thoroughly examining the crime scene from various angles.
The Mystery Labyrinth, a world that embodies mystery
Advance through the Mystery Labyrinth, a realm that embodies the mysteries of the real world, and solve puzzles related to the case in order to achieve the truth. The Mystery Labyrinth is a space where human beings cannot interfere, nor can the megacorporation suppress and cover up inconvenient truths.
Mystery Phantoms and Reasoning Death Match
As you progress through the Mystery Labyrinth, confront Mystery Phantoms in Reasoning Death Matches. Mystery Phantoms are the embodiment of the will of the person who is trying to cover up the case and prevent the truth from being revealed. They stand before you and argue against your deductions.
In a Reasoning Death Match, it is vital to identify contradictions while dodging the claims unleashed by a Mystery Phantom. Confront contradictions with evidence and slay the Mystery Phantom with the Solution Blade to defeat it.
Mystery Phantoms appear in the form of characters in the game, but the person modeled by the Mystery Phantom may not necessarily be the culprit. In some cases, the Mystery Phantom is the embodiment of the will of the person who is trying to cover up the case for reasons other than being the culprit.