When gameplay footage of Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppuutan was first shown during the anime’s 2nd anniversary celebration last February, we immediately had to look for any announcements regarding the game’s Western/English-language release. It was originally announced for a Japan-only 2021 release, which meant that it could either get a simultaneous worldwide release, or a later 2022 release. Demon Slayer being such a popular IP meant that it was only a matter of time for its video game adaptation to get localized.
At the time, no announcements were made yet as to the game’s international release, but we did find some key details from Hinokami Keppuutan’s gameplay, as well as the team behind it. The game is being developed by CyberConnect2, whose previous works include JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, Asura’s Wrath, and various Naruto fighting games, so we know that the Demon Slayer game is in good hands. As for the gameplay, it looks to be a third-person view fighting game along the lines of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot and Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker.
With no lead-up to any English announcements, and all news about the game being published only in Japanese, it was safe to expect that Hinokami Keppuuutan wouldn’t be coming to the West so soon, but Sega America went ahead and gave us a pleasant surprise in the form of a new English trailer for the game, as well as a release date. Its English-language title is Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles.
The announcement was so low-profile that I nearly missed it despite following Sega’s various social media channels. If the gameplay footage teased last February was a handful of crumbs, then this trailer is a whole loaf of new information. The Hinokami Chronicles will be an interactive retelling of all the arcs in the anime’s first 26 episodes as well as the events in Demon Slayer: Mugen Train. We’ll be able to follow the story of Tanjiro and the gang through iconic battles and exploration.
The game was primarily revealed to be a third-person fighting game, but the new trailer shows footage of Tanjiro being able to walk around and do some light platforming to progress the story, so the game won’t just be the player jumping from one battle to another with cutscenes in between.
While the new trailer hasn’t revealed which characters from the anime will be playable, we know of five included characters from earlier footage: Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, Inosuke, and Giyu. Also from previous footage, we know that the game will have a versus mode, which should mean that there will be more playable characters in the final game (when’s the last time you heard of a fighting game with only five fighters?).
Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles comes out on October 15, 2021, on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Steam, with pre-order options coming soon. The Deluxe Edition will include two bonus unlockable characters, a special Tanjiro avatar, and early access to the game 2 days before its release date. You can sign up for the game’s newsletter on its official site for more updates.
Which of Demon Slayer’s story arcs are you most excited to relive through The Hinokami Chronicles? Share your thoughts with us in the comments! And for more news on upcoming video game adaptations of our favorite anime, be sure to stay posted through our social media channels.
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