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Just yesterday, a new game from the creators of Danganronpa was revealed. The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy is a strategy RPG on the way to Switch in early 2025, and to say that the game’s development has been a struggle would be a vast understatement.

Too Kyoo Games is the studio behind The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy, and the project is being spearheaded by Danganronpa series writer Kazutaka Kodaka and Zero Escape creator Kotaro Uchikoshi. In an interview with Famitsu, Kodaka shared all kinds of insight into just how long the team has been working on this game, and the many issues that cropped up during the process. You can find a bullet point breakdown of those details below, courtesy of Automaton-Media.

  • development started 6-7 years ago
  • the title was originally tied to a big publisher, but the deal fell through due to dev issues
  • at this point, the team restarted development on their own
  • the core concept remained, but characters and other elements were revamped
  • the new plan was to make a smaller indie game, but the team realized this wasn’t possible with the game’s scope
  • Too Kyoo Games took out a loan to fund the project, and they eventually went into debt
  • Aniplex swooped in to help on the publishing front, and both Media.Vision and Jet Studio came aboard to aid development
  • Too Kyoo Games is still in debt because of this project
  • Kodaka says he may never have another opportunity to put this much effort into a project

In The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy, Takumi Sumino lived an unremarkable life until he was forced to transfer to the Last Defense Academy. His mission: Protect the school from mysterious enemies known as School Invaders for 100 days. As Takumi, delve into the enigmatic truth of the school alongside 15 of his companions, each looking to reclaim their lost everyday lives. Explore the school, prepare for battles with your friends and then engage the invading creatures in strategic RPG battles.

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