Death March Club is the “Death Game for Children” that Too Kyo Games announced when revealing their studio in mid-September. The game is written by Danganronpa creator Kazutaka Kodaka and Zero Escape‘s Kotaro Uchikoshi.
The official site describes the game’s story as such:
Just another elementary school in Tokyo, with a “LOSER” class where all sorts of drop-outs are brought. Reycho is an odd ball who’s in this class. On one summer day, while Reycho’s class was on its way to a school trip, their bus was caught in a rockslide. The students woke up… only to find themselves in an amusement park under the sea. It must have shut down a long time ago. Reycho and his friends were trapped in deserted and spooky ruins. From out of nowhere appeared a clown… and it ordered the kids to play a game where they must kill each other! With no time to understand what’s going on, Reycho and his classmates are dragged into a death game! How will these kids survive this insane situation? When they are at their wits’ end… mysterious and uncanny powers awaken within them. At the same time… An emergency situation took place above ground.
The official site also introduces two main characters, Reycho and Vanilla:
Reycho is a 6th grader. A curious boy who sticks his nose into everything. He steps up in dangerous situations, not because he’s courageous, but only because he’s unaware of the potential risks. He’s definitely a brat, in both good and bad ways. He’s immature, naive… and oblivious about girls’ feelings.
Vanilla is also a 6th grader. A happy but crazy, scatter-brain and ditsy girl. She’s totally off-key and usually ignored by others. She plays dumb but actually has a brilliant mind. She’s one of the first to always notice the conspiracies plotted by adults.
The official site has both an English and Japanese version (though I had to rewrite the descriptions a bit to fix typos). It’s interesting to note the Twitter account is supposedly managed by Vanilla, who tweets in both Japanese and English. As her description says, she’s pretty brilliant for a 6th grader. Most Japanese official Twitter accounts nowadays use their franchise’s characters as the account owner, but in this case, it also demonstrates Too Kyo Games’ will to reach western gamers.
You can check out the game’s artwork and first screenshots below, including portraits of Reycho and Vanilla.
You can learn more about Too Kyo Games by reading the interview we conducted with them.
Death March Club is scheduled to release in 2020 for PC.