Today, during a livestream from Tokyo, Japan, we finally got more information about the recently-teased new studio TOO KYO Games.
The studio will be formed by a “famous developer” indeed. The twist is that it’s more than one.
Danganronpa creator Kazutaka Kodaka will take the role of Director and Scenario Writer, Zero Escape creator Kotaro Uchikoshi will also take on the same role. Director Takumi Nakazawa (Memories Off 2nd), Character Designer Rui Komatsuzaki (Danganronpa), Illustrator and Character Design Shimadoriru (Danganronpa), Composer Masafumi Takada (also Danganronpa), and Scenario Writer Yoichiro Koizumi (writer of Ultimate Despair Hagakure) will also be part of the team.
The studio aims to create its own IPs across games, anime, and various forms of entertainment, and to work with different publishers. The creators involved also want to work on indie-style titles.
The first game will be co-written by both Uchikoshi-san and Kodaka-san, and you can find the first illustration at the bottom of the post. I’m sure you’ll find it familiar enough. The theme is “Extreme X Despair.” Zero surprises there.
The second project is an anime focusing on villains, and you can also find the first concept art in the gallery at the bottom of the post (the second image). The animation will be handled by Studio Pierrot.
The third is a “death game” involving children, and you can see the concept illustration in third place in the gallery. It’ll be written by Uchikoshi-san and directed by Nakazawa-san. The artwork is actually by Take-san.
The fourth project is a “dark fantasy mystery” game published by Spike Chunsoft. You can see the first concept art as the fourth image in the gallery. It’s interesting to see that the publisher is supporting the studio despite the fact that so many of its star-developers left to form it. This is actually pretty typical of Japanese culture. The project was presented directly by Spike Chunsoft CEO Mitsukoshi Sakurai.
Interestingly, we learn that the developers might return to the Danganronpa series in the future if the chance presents itself, but for now, they want to work on their own games.
No titles, platforms, or release dates were announced today.
The studio was initially teased on Sunday with a video featuring Dragon Quest XI producer Yosuke Saito, followed yesterday by Goichi “Suda51” Suda, and Yoko Taro. More teases then came earlier today from Sony’s Keiichiro Toyama, Atlus’ Katsura Hashino, and CyberConnect2’s Hiroshi Matsuyama.