TOO KYO FOR SCHOOL
New Japanese developer pools serious talents
“Too Kyo is hitt ing the ground running with no fewer than four projects announced”
If a supergroup is a band made up of already-famous performers, then new Japanese game developer Too Kyo Studio is a superdev. It brings together Danganronpa creator Kazutaka Kodaka, Zero Escape creator Kotaro Uchikoshi, No More Heroes composer Masafumi Takada, and many others. If you like weird, quirky Japanese games in that sort of vein, then some of the masters of the craft are present and accounted for. And their style of output won’t be changing. The more the merrier. You might think these creators would take it slow for a bit, given that Too Kyo is a brand-new studio, but the company’s hitting the ground running with no fewer than four projects already announced as being in development — three games and an anime.
Here we Kyo
Too Kyo’s first project, Extreme X Despair, seems to have the most similarity to what you’d expect from a Danganronpa- or Zero Escape-type game, and it’s fitting because Kodaka and Uchikoshi will be collaborating on writing the scenario. With character designers and artists Rui Komatsuzaki and Shimadoriru, both of whom worked on Danganronpa, also in the studio, that unique style is one that will absolutely carry over into Too Kyo’s upcoming games, and especially so in this debut offering.
Less has been revealed about the other two games. One will be some sort of death game starring children, with creepy-because-it’s-cutesy artwork. And the third will be a mystery game set in a rainy city, which looks like it will have some fantastical, sci-fi vibes. That final one is actually a collaboration with Spike Chunsoft, which most of Too Kyo’s staff left to start their own studio, so there’s definitely no bad blood spilt. When you have great creatives making great games, what’s there to get mad about?
You’d be forgiven for thinking Extreme X Despair’s teaser art was for a new Danganronpa at a glance – it’s a look!
Both Danganronpa and Zero Escape led to a resurgence of love for visual novel investigation-type games.
While that Danganronpa style is being carried over into some projects, others have more experimental appearances.