Demon Slayer is the hottest series around. In the last year, the anime and manga franchise has exploded in popularity, cementing it as the pop culture belle of the ball. The manga topped sales charts, surpassing goliaths like One Piece.
This explosive growth can largely be attributed to the series receiving an anime and feature film. The film, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, quickly topped the charts as the highest-grossing film in Japanese history, surpassing Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. Now, the franchise is prepared to take over the video game scene with CyberConnect2’s new arena fighter, Demon Slayer: Hinokami Keppuutan.
Here's everything we know about the game.
When is the Demon Slayer: Hinokami Keppuutan release date?
There currently isn't a precise release date for the game, but we do have a vague "2021" window for when it'll be available on consoles.
This will likely launch in mid to late 2021, as developer CyberConnect2's CEO, Hiroshi Matsuyama mentioned in October 2020 that while some process was being made, things were somewhat hectic on the development side.
Is there a Demon Slayer: Hinokami Keppuutan trailer?
Yes! You can watch the trailer below, which is more of a short debut teaser than anything else.
In the trailer, we get the in-game rendition of the Demon Slayer's opening arc as the protagonist Tanjiro at the Final Selection arc, fighting the massive demon present in the arc's conclusion. The trailer also provides our first look at Breath of Water.
There isn't much to go off, but if this indicates how the rest of the game might look, we're in for a treat.
Who are the Demon Slayer: Hinokami Keppuutan 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
More will likely be added in the months leading up to the full release.
What's the Demon Slayer Hinokami Keppuutan story?
From what we know so far, Demon Slayer: Hinokami Keppuutan will adapt portions of the Demon Slayer manga. It's likely that the game will specifically adapt the same story beats covered in the first season's 26 episodes.
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.
From the playable characters and screenshots available, we can see that the game will at least cover the first seven episodes of the anime. We can see Swamp Demon, the main antagonist of the First Mission arc in a few screenshots.
In the gameplay for the Thunder Breathing swordsman, Zenitsu, we can see that he uses Thunder Clap and Flash: Six Fold, which isn’t shown until the Natagumo Mountain Arc, suggesting the game at least covers until episode 21 of the anime. We can also see that Tanjiro uses Water Breathing: Tenth Form - Constant Flux, which debuts in the same arc.
Another possibility is that this could be an annual game series that keeps going until CyberConnect2 fully adapts the Demon Slayer story. CyberConnect2 previously did that for the Naruto franchise, adapting the entire story across four games.
What's Demon Slayer: Hinokami Keppuutan 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.
Is Demon Slayer: Hinokami Keppuutan a PS4 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.
Demon Slayer: Hinokami Keppuutan will launch in 2021.
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