Demon Slayer is unstoppable. In two short years, the anime and manga franchise has grown from a niche fandom to a pop-culture behemoth.
Every medium of the series has topped sales charts. The manga sales have surpassed goliaths like One Piece while the anime film Demon Slayer: Mugen Train has become the highest-grossing movie in Japanese history. Now, the franchise is ready to take over the video game scene with CyberConnect2’s new arena fighter, Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles.
Here's everything we know about the upcoming game.
When is the Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles release date?
Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles will be available on October 15, 2021. You can play it a bit earlier than that on October 13, 2021, if you pre-order the Digital Deluxe edition.
Is Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles PlayStation exclusive?
No, it’s not! While the game began life as a PS4 exclusive, it has since been announced as a multi-platform title that will be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.
Is there a Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles trailer?
Yes! You can watch the trailer below.
In the trailer, we get the in-game rendition of the Demon Slayer's third arc, Asakusa. It focuses on the protagonist Tanjiro as he arrives at the city of Asakusa. The trailer shows how Tanjuro moves throughout the world in Adventure mode, using his keen sense of smell to locate demons. It seems that you'll be able to travel between areas while being guided to your next objective via Tanjiro’s nostrils.
We can also see the stylistic choices made by developer CyberConnect2. The arrows produced, by the demon Yahaba appear to be very stylized as does Tanjiro’s water-breathing attacks.
Who are the Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles playable characters?
Eight playable characters from the Demon Slayer franchise have been announced so far:
- Tanjiro Kamado
- Nezuko Kamado
- Zenitsu Agatsuma
- Inosuke Hashibira
- Giyu Tomioka
- Sakonji Urokodaki
- Shinobu Kocho
- Kyojuro Rengoku
- Tanjiro Kamado (Hinokami Kagura)
- Tanjiro Kamado (Kimetsu Academy)
- Nezuko Kamado (Kimetsu Academy)
- Giyu Tomioka (Kimetsu Academy)
- Zenitsu Agatsuma (Kimetsu Academy)
- Inosuke Hashibira (Kimetsu Academy)
- Shinobu Kocho (Kimetsu Academy)
More will likely be added in the months leading up to the full release.
What's the Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles story?
Demon Slayer: Hinokami Keppuutan will adapt everything from the first arc and continuing through the story until the end of the Infinity Train arc.
This means the game will cover both the first season of the anime, and the recent film.
If you don't know the premise Demon Slayer focuses on Tanjiro Kamado. After returning from a trip, he finds that his entire family has been slain by demons, the only survivor is his sister, Nezuko. Unfortunately, Nezuko has been transformed into a demon. Desperate to restore his sister's humanity, Tanjiro joins the Demon Corps, which will hopefully get him closer to solving this mystical tragedy.
Demon Slayer will likely become be an annual game series that keeps going until CyberConnect2 fully adapts the narrative. CyberConnect2 previously did that for the Naruto franchise, adapting the entire story across four games.
What's Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles gameplay like?
Demon Slayer: Hinokami Keppuutan is a 3D Arena Fighter similar to CyberConnect2’s Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series. You can watch a seven-minute gameplay video above. From the video, we can asertain that you’ll be able to partake in local one-on-one fights. You can enjoy these brawls either online or offline.
We can also see that characters seem to move similarly to characters in the Storm franchise. Each playable character has simplistic movesets that exude personality.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to assume the controls are similar to the Storm as well. That would mean each character has three attack combos, a grab move, a taunt, an ultimate, an awakening, A ranged attack, and a “flick” (performed by flicking the analog stick before attacking) technique.
Does Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles have an English dub?
Yes! It doesn’t matter if you prefer English dubs or Japanese subs, Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles won’t force you into either option. Like most CyberConnect2 games, Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles has dual audio. You can choose if you want your Tanjiro to be voiced in English by Zack Aguliar or by his Japanese voice actor, Natsuki Hanae.
Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles comes to PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on October 15.
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