Too Kyo Games

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Too Kyo Games, LLC
Native name
トゥーキョーゲームス
Tū Kyō Gēmusu
TypeGōdō gaisha[1]
IndustryVideo games, anime
Founded2017; 5 years ago (2017)
Headquarters
Tokyo
,
Japan
Key people
Number of employees
7[1] (2018)
Websitetookyogames.jp

Too Kyo Games, LLC (Japanese: トゥーキョーゲームス, Hepburn: Tū Kyō Gēmusu) is a Japanese video game developer founded by ex-employees of Spike Chunsoft. It was formed in 2017 by Danganronpa series writer Kazutaka Kodaka, composer Masafumi Takada and illustrator Rui Komatsuzaki, as well as Zero Escape director Kotaro Uchikoshi. The company is working on several games, and collaborated with Pierrot on the 2020 anime series Akudama Drive.

History[edit]

A 2016 photograph of Kotaro Uchikoshi.
Kotaro Uchikoshi (pictured), Kazutaka Kodaka, Masafumi Takada, and Rui Komatsuzaki are the core members of the company.

Kazutaka Kodaka, the writer of Spike Chunsoft's Danganronpa franchise, started thinking about how he wanted to create his own development company where he could do new things, following the completion of the anime television series Danganronpa 3 (2016) and the video game Danganronpa V3 (2017). He discussed it with the Danganronpa composer and character designer, Masafumi Takada and Rui Komatsuzaki, who also were interested in the idea; Takada founded the company in 2017, as he had already been involved in the launch of other companies. Kodaka also invited other people to join the company, including Kotaro Uchikoshi, the director and scenario writer for Spike Chunsoft's Zero Escape series; the Danganronpa illustrator Shimadoriru; Takumi Nakazawa, the director and co-writer of KID's Infinity series; and the Danganronpa novelist Yoichirou Koizumi. Kodaka, Takada, Komatsuzaki and Uchikoshi are the core members of the company, and Kodaka is its representative. The company's name is a wordplay on Tokyo – where they are based – and the Japanese word kyō (, "crazy"), thus meaning "Too Crazy Games".[1]

The company was announced to the public in September 2018, announcing that four projects were under development.[2][3][4][5] Three have been revealed as the games World's End Club and Enigma Archives: Rain Code, and the anime series Akudama Drive. Rain Code began development prior to Kodaka's departure from Spike Chunsoft. In addition to these four projects, the company announced and released the FMV game Death Come True in 2020, and announced the "Extreme Baseball" multimedia project Tribe Nine. The goal of the company, according to Kodaka, is to create new intellectual properties, and for the staff to also create their own indie game projects;[6] he also mentioned that he would still like to go back to the Danganronpa franchise at some point in the future.[1]

Works[edit]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Publisher Platform(s) Notes Ref.
2020 Death Come True IzanagiGames Android, iOS, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows Co-developed with Esquadra [7][8][9]
World's End Club iOS, macOS, Nintendo Switch, Windows Co-developed with Grounding [10]
TBA Enigma Archives: Rain Code Spike Chunsoft TBA Co-developed with Spike Chunsoft [11]
Tribe Nine Akatsuki TBA [12]

Anime[edit]

Year Title Notes Ref.
2020 Akudama Drive Co-produced with Pierrot [13]
2022 Tribe Nine Co-produced with Liden Films and Akatsuki [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "小高和剛氏、打越鋼太郎氏らによる新会社Too Kyo Games設立! 日本独自のゲームで世界に挑む、新会社設立に迫るインタビュー". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. September 12, 2018. Archived from the original on September 12, 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  2. ^ Romano, Sal. "Mysterious game company Too Kyo Games established, led by noted game creator". Gematsu. Archived from the original on September 12, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Romano, Sal. "Too Kyo Games led by Danganronpa and Zero Escape creators Kazutaka Kodaka and Kotaro Uchikoshi, four projects underway". Gematsu. Archived from the original on September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Sherman, Jennifer. "Too Kyo Games, Pierrot Collaborate on New Anime". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on September 11, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Romano, Sal (September 27, 2018). "Too Kyo Games' announced titles likely due out in two to three years". Gematsu. Archived from the original on September 27, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  6. ^ Valentine, Rebekah (September 11, 2018). "Former Danganronpa, Zero Escape, Fate/Grand Order developers form Too Kyo Games". Gamesindustry.biz. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on September 11, 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "ダウンロードソフト『DEATH COME TRUE』配信開始のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Esquadra, Inc. June 25, 2020. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  8. ^ Brown, Fraser. "Death Come True is an FMV game from the creator of Danganronpa". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on December 10, 2019. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  9. ^ Romano, Sal (December 15, 2019). "Death Come True to be released for PS4, Switch, PC, iOS, and Android". Gematsu. Archived from the original on December 15, 2019. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  10. ^ Romano, Sal (September 3, 2020). "World's End Club launches September 4 for Apple Arcade, in spring 2021 for Switch". Gematsu. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  11. ^ Romano, Sal (November 27, 2021). "Spike Chunsoft and Too Kyo Games announce dark fantasy mystery game Enigma Archives: RAIN CODE". Gematsu. Retrieved November 27, 2021.
  12. ^ Clewis, Mercedez (February 18, 2020). "Akatsuki and Too Kyo Games Team Up to Collaborate on 'Tribe Nine'". Siliconera. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  13. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (May 14, 2020). "Akudama Drive Anime Delayed to October Due to COVID-19". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on May 31, 2020. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  14. ^ Loo, Egan (September 30, 2021). "Akatsuki, Too Kyo Games' Tribe Nine Project Gets TV Anime, Smartphone RPG, Webtoon". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 30, 2021.

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