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Master Detective Archives: Rain Code (originally titled Enigma Archives: Rain Code) is an upcoming Adventure video game co-developed by Too Kyo Games and Spike Chunsoft, written by Kazutaka Kodaka and Takekuni Kitayama, with other Danganronpa crew members involved in the production.

Players take control of Yuma, a young amnesiac boy and trainee for the World Detective Organization, as he sets off to investigate his past in Kanai Ward, a mysterious city of rain and neon. With the aid of the spirit Shinigami and his fellow detectives, he must uncover the truth behind a series crimes - first in the real world by using his colleague’s special abilities to gather clues, then in mystery labyrinths, fantastical realms where the mysteries materialize, to solve the cases and recover his identity.

The game is set to release June 30th, 2023 for the Nintendo Switch.

Previews: Announcement trailer, Nintendo Direct Trailer, Introduction Video, Release Date Announcement

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Amnesiac Hero: The introduction trailer depicts Yuma waking up in a train station bathroom with no idea how he got there.
  • Black Blood: Like Danganronpa before it, the announcement teaser depicts blood as neon pink.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: The spirit Shinigami, usually a cartoony ghost, has the power to turn into an attractive young human girl as demonstrated in the trailers.
  • Cyberpunk: The Nintendo Direct trailer presents the setting as a futuristic, corporate controlled city of perpetual rain.
  • Cyberpunk with a Chance of Rain: The Nintendo Direct preview describes the setting, Kanai Ward, as a city of “perpetual rain”. It also describes the city as “corporate controlled” (a hallmark of the cyberpunk genre) and high tech umbrellas are shown to be in use as well.
  • Fantastic Noir: The game is described by its Introduction video as a “Lucid-Noir” game. The trailers indeed present a cyberpunk setting and an amnesiac young detective-in-training working with a ghost to solve crimes through supernatural methods.
  • Humanity Ensues: The spirit Shinigami, while usually a cartoonish ghost, is shown in the Nintendo Direct preview to be able to turn into a human girl.
  • Idiot Hair: Player character Yuma is shown to have a noticeable ahoge on his head in the trailer.
  • Master of Disguise: As seen in the trailers, Desuhiko Thunderbolt's Forensic Forte is "Diguise" - the ability to disguise his clothes, face, voice, height, and weight.
  • Minecart Madness: At one point in the Nintendo Direct preview, Yuma and Shinigami are shown riding a minecart in a mini game to piece together evidence and conclusions, similar to the Logic Dive in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair and the Psyche Taxi in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.
  • Person of Holding: In the introduction trailer, Yuma is seen pulling a sword out of Shinigami’s mouth while she is in human form to do battle with a Mystery Phantom.
  • Seers: According to the release date trailer, Halara Nightmare is an interesting variation of a seer. Their Forensic Forte is “Postcognition” - the ability to see past versions of a crime scene, rather than the future.
  • Super Hearing: The release date trailer reveals that Pucci Lavmin's Forensic Forte is “audial aptitude” - the ability to detect heartbeats, footsteps, whispers heard from far away by concentrating.
  • Time Master: Fubuki Clockford's Forensic Forte is Time Leap - the ability to rewind time, so that things can be redone. After time has been turned back once, it can't be turned back beyond that point.