I may not be the most prominent anime connoisseur globally, at least not compared to this blog’s founder. However, the success of Demon Slayer was something I couldn’t overlook. Between a good number of my friends telling me to renew my Netflix subscription to see it and reviews suggesting that it’s a good watch even for those who typically don’t delve into anime, I bit. And I have to say I’m hooked. There are beautiful snow-covered vistas and enough blood and gore to satisfy a horror fanatic. A storyline that I’m sure will get me to shed a few tears by the time I wrap up the first season. Like any other up-and-coming IP, the logical next step is a given- a video game adaptation. Fortunately, fans won’t have to wait long before they can assume that role of Tanjiro and live through his plight to free his sister from demonic possession.
According to Forbes, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Hinokami Keppuutan will be published by Aniplex and developed by CyberConnect2. CyberConnect2 is no stranger to anime adaptations. It has put out several Naruto games since 2006 and, most recently, Dragon Ball Z Kakarot. Although previously announced for Playstation 4, it is confirmed that it will also be coming for PS5, Xbox One, Series X, and PC. There’s no word on a Nintendo Switch release just yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a port later on down the line.
CyberConnect2 has been pretty hush-hush as far as details are concerned. Other than the confirmed consoles, stills, and brief gameplay glimpses- there is a lot we still don’t know at the time of writing.
We know that there will be a story mode and an online-capable 2v2 versus mode, as clarified in the above video at 2:09. The controls are simplistic, meaning this will probably be a pick-up-and-play experience instead of a technical one. Aniplex has not yet revealed any concrete list of playable characters. However, it’s a given that Tanjuro, Nezuko, and some other fan favorites will be here. Also, Dualshockers is confident that all of the Granblue Fantasy crossover collab characters will “definitely be playable.”
Youtuber user Sacred has speculated that the game could be similar to Kakarot. There could be light RPG elements and far more to do than merely battling demons and experiencing critical events in the show (such as the Selection Test). I wouldn’t rule this out. It’s also worth noting that the game is based on the anime more than the manga. This viewpoint makes sense from a marketing standpoint, considering that many more contemporary fans are coming from Netflix. I would imagine a good portion of them (myself included) have not read the manga yet.
The release date and price are still up in the air. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Hinokami Keppu is slated for a 2021 TBA release. I suspect that the price will be anywhere from $39.99 to $59.99 (perhaps more on current-gen hardware, considering Sony has had several statements regarding price bumps for PS5 games). Considering Kakarot released with a monster of a special edition, I wouldn’t be surprised if CyberConnect2 gives Demon Slayer the same treatment. Typically, Bandai Namco is good for being apart of the executive production of anime video games. Yet, we haven’t heard much in the way of them being apart of this project. For now, we’ll have to wait and see.