Well, yesterday brought us the first glimpse of season 2 of Demon Slayer with a new trailer, but we also managed to see the first footage of the Demon Slayer video game on the way from CyberConnect2, who is responsible for a long-running series of Naruto fighting games.
And judging by the footage from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Hinokami Keppuutan, aka Demon Slayer: The Video Game, we are kind of in for more of the same here. You can check out the footage below, where five fighters are being shown off in the game’s versus mode.
It looks cool, the animated especially is very solid and obviously echoes the show in near-perfect fashion. But I do think that many fans were hoping for more from a Demon Slayer video game. There is supposed to be some sort of story component to the game here, but this is a fighting game studio and it will be mostly focused on that style of play, it seems. Fans who were hoping for some giant world they could explore as a roaming Demon Slayer slaying demons are going to be disappointed, as that simply is not what this is.
My hope would be that perhaps Demon Slayer could get more than a single game over time, as again, this franchise is absolutely massive, breaking Japanese box office records for its latest film and attracting a western fanbase with its arrival on Netflix. It seems like a great RPG-style game could easily work for the series, but it doesn’t seem like that’s in the cards right now. Even this fighting game doesn’t have a release date yet, so things are still pretty far off.
I am curious about the full roster of the game once it arrives, as we only see five characters here, four Demon Slayers and one demon. Given all the creative demons the show has featured, I would love to see some of them here, though I’m not sure how they could execute a few of them like the one with all the drums in his body that flips rooms upside down. But man, that would be a hell of a boss fighting in an ARPG, wouldn’t it? That’s my point.
Anyway, this is all we’ve got for now but we’ll see what more there is to the game over time. But I am not expecting anything all that much different from past Naruto games from the same studio, as they appear to want to stick with what they know.
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