Demon Slayer Video Game to be Released Later This Year
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Demon Slayer Video Game to be Released Later This Year

By Elizabeth Gibson for The J-Pop Exchange

The Demon Slayer franchise is not just huge in Japan, but all around the world.

And the rate of its success doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

The original manga series, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge, follows a determined young man named Tanjiro Kamado. In order to seek revenge for his slaughtered parents and to transform his little sister, Nezuko, back into her human form after she was transformed into a demon, Tanjiro begins his quest as a demon slayer.

A television anime adaptation of the same name, directed by Haruo Sotozaki, was released in Japan in April 2019. Then, the theatrical anime, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train — also known as Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, premiered in October, quickly becoming the highest-grossing movie in Japan’s history. The film, which was adapted from the mangas seventh arc, made approximately 32.48 billion Yen — or $313 million USD — at the box office during its opening weekend.

Now, as the incredibly successful franchise continues on an upward trajectory, a video game adaptation, called Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Hinokami Keppuutan, is in the works as well. The game is set to based on the story in the original manga and anime.

Most of the video game development has not yet been revealed but, according to recent tweets following a media-only press release, the game will embody a story mode and a versus mode. In story mode, players will be a single participant and may retrace the story of the manga and anime. In versus mode, players will be able to compete in two-versus-two tag battles. Players will also be able to play offline or online and choose from several different characters.

According to screenshots released from the press launch, these characters are presumed to be playable in-game: Tanjiro Kamado, Nezuko Kamado, Inosuke Hashibira, and Zenitsu Agatsuma.

The game was originally announced for PC (via Steam), PS4, and Xbox One last year, however, developer CyberConnect2 recently revealed that the game will also land on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series in 2021.

So far, the game has only been announced for release in Japan, but making assumptions based on the multi-platform releases — and its global popularity — it is very possible the game may launch in other regions as well.

An official website and an official Twitter account for the video game recently launched, and fans can keep up with updates and future release announcements.

Additionally, the 26-episode first season of the anime series recently dropped on Netflix in January, in both the original Japanese (with subtitles) and an English-dubbed version. Fans had long requested the series come to the streaming service. And now, not only are fans delighted, but the series is being catapulted into a whole new realm of popularity as it entrenches a new Western audience.

The film, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, is presumably set to be released in theaters in the US later this year, although no release date has been named. The trailer for the dub can be seen here.


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