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
Gōdō gaisha[1]
Industry Video game industry
Founded 2017; 1 year ago (2017)
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Number of employees
7 (2018[1])
Website tookyogames.jp/english

Too Kyo Games, LLC (Japanese: トゥーキョーゲームス, Hepburn: Tū Kyō Gēmusu) is a Japanese independent game developer founded by ex-employees of Spike Chunsoft, including Danganronpa series writer Kazukata Kodaka, composer Masafumi Takada and illustrator Rui Komatsuzaki, and Zero Escape series writer and director Kotaro Uchikoshi. The company is currently working on three video game projects – one of which is a co-production with Spike Chunsoft, and one with Grounding – and one anime project in collaboration with Studio Pierrot.

History[edit]

A 2016 photograph of Kotaro Uchikoshi.
Kotaro Uchikoshi (pictured), Kazutaka Kodaka, Rui Komatsuzaki and Masafumi Takada 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 character designer and composer, Rui Komatsuzaki and Masafumi Takada, 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 first announced to the public in September 9, 2018 by the magazine Famitsu, as a new game development company by "unknown", famous game creators.[2] Two days later, the staff members of Too Kyo Games were revealed to the public, and they announced four new projects: One game involving all seven staff members, co-written by Kodaka and Uchikoshi; an anime in collaboration with Studio Pierrot, written by Kodaka and with character design bu Komatsuzaki; the action-adventure game Death March Club, published by Izanagi Games and co-developed by Grounding with Kodaka as creative director, Uchikoshi as writer and director and Nakazawa as the director as well;[3][4] and a game developed in a collaboration with Spike Chunsoft, with character designs by Komatsuzaki, background artwork by Shimadoriru, and music by Takada.[5][6] The fourth project was started by Kodaka before he left Spike Chunsoft.[1] According to Kodaka, their first four projects are expected to be released about two to three years after their announcement.[7]

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;[8] he also mentioned that he would still like to go back to the Danganronpa franchise at some point in the future.[1]

Works[edit]

Year Title Media Notes Ref.
2020 Death March Club Video game Developed in collaboration with Grounding [3][4]
TBA "Project #1" Video game [5]
TBA "Project #2" Anime series Produced in collaboration with Studio Pierrot [5]
TBA "Project #4" Video game Developed in collaboration with Spike Chunsoft [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "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. 12 September 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-09-12. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ Romano, Sal. "Mysterious game company Too Kyo Games established, led by noted game creator". Gematsu. Archived from the original on 2018-09-12. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b Romano, Sal (2018-10-03). "Too Kyo Games, Grounding, and Izanagi Games announce action adventure death game Deathmatch Club". Gematsu. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  4. ^ a b "小高和剛氏×打越鋼太郎氏、小学生がデスゲームをくり広げる『デスマーチクラブ』PCで2020年発売――開発者インタビューで詳細判明【先出し週刊ファミ通】". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  5. ^ a b c d 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 16 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  6. ^ Sherman, Jennifer. "Too Kyo Games, Pierrot Collaborate on New Anime". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2018-09-11. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  7. ^ Romano, Sal (2018-09-27). "Too Kyo Games' announced titles likely due out in two to three years". Gematsu. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  8. ^ Valentine, Rebekah (11 September 2018). "Former Danganronpa, Zero Escape, Fate/Grand Order developers form Too Kyo Games". Gamesindustry.biz. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on 2018-09-11. Retrieved 13 September 2018.

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