Demon Slayer‘s popularity with Western audiences has skyrocketed since its arrival on the Netflix streaming service a few months ago. The follow-up film has managed to beat Spirited Away as the highest-grossing movie of all time in Japan. You can’t walk into a Hot Topic without seeing tons of merch at this point. Back in February, we received word that a video game adaptation was (inevitably) on its way for all major platforms. For those anticipating a Western release, we’ve got good news- the release date is set as well as a publisher.
Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles is releasing for last and current-gen consoles (excluding Switch) on October 15. Although Bandai Namco typically takes the helm when it comes to games like this, SEGA was lucky enough to snag the publishing rights in North America. As to be expected, there are several different versions available for pre-order, with one option that is sure to please the impatient fan.
Par for the course with pre-order incentives for modern gaming, digital purchases have been incentivized the most. Physical pre-orders will grant access to just one character unlock key and a couple of avatars. In contrast, the digital standard and deluxe pre-orders offer tons more (including “Slayer Points,” which I imagine will be some in-game currency). Although the text at the bottom of the official webpage implies that anyone who pre-orders will get to play two days early (October 13), it would appear that early access is locked behind the $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition.
Interestingly, SEGA got involved in the Western release instead of whom we’re all used to seeing when it comes to anime-game adaptations. I think it’s a smart move on their part, however. Considering that this series is taking the world by storm, The Hinokami Chronicles will undoubtedly sell like hotcakes. While I don’t suspect they’ll attempt to “yeet” (I’m still not entirely over the official Sonic Twitter’s use of that one when advertising the Minecraft crossover) Sonic into this game, I wouldn’t put a Sonic/Demon Slayer crossover of some kind off the table.