In this short guide, we want to explore with you what to know before starting to play Demon Slayer The Hinokami Chronicles, the CyberConnect 2 title dedicated to the highly acclaimed Japanese series.
Lovers of tie-ins in anime sauce will surely know the guys of CyberConnect 2, a Japanese development team born 25 years ago and author, among many, of the Naruto series Ultimate Ninja Storm and more recently Dragon Ball Z Kakarot. The latter has also recently arrived on Nintendo Switch, and we have talked about it in depth in our review for Nintendo’s hybrid console. The company is now at work, with the support of SEGA which acts as an international publisher, on a 3D Arena fighting game dedicated to Demon Slayer, a franchise that has been wanted a lot over the last few years also thanks to a really well done animated series. Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba The Hinokami Chronicles arriverà a breve sul mercato, and we thought we’d bring you a dedicated introductory article to help you get closer to the title. First of all: what is Demon Slayer?
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Demon Slayer, o Kimetsu no Yaiba per i nippofili, è un manga born in 2016 by the hand of Koyoharu Gotoge, published by Shueisha on Weekly Shonen Jump and arrived in Italy thanks to Star Comics starting from 2019. The series ended in Japan in December 2020 for a total of 23 volumes and in 2019 the transmission of the anime series, by the studio Ufotable (highly appreciated by animation enthusiasts) enjoying incredible success, especially in the West.
So much so that Dynit, in 2020, released a home video edition dubbed in Italian of the first season, while the second season is released in a worldwide simulcast on Crunchyroll, this time in subtitled version. There is also a film, a direct sequel to the last episode of the animated series, entitled Demon Slayer The Movie: The Mugen train, arrived in Italy thanks to Dynit and subsequently also published on Amazon Prime Video.
Release date | Demon Slayer the Hinokami Chronicles: what to know before starting to play!
This, in summary, the plot of Demon Slayer, which will see the first tie-in videogame adaptation arrive the next the October 15th on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S. Developed by CyberConnect in Unreal Engine 4, the game will be published in Japan by Aniplex and in the rest of the world by SEGA. Fans will then be able to take the shoes of Tanjiro and his allies, as well as some demons, in a 3D Arena fighting game that hasn’t actually been seen much over time.
The series obviously takes us to Japan, in the Taisho Period (1912-1926), and puts us in the shoes of Tanjiro. The boy is the eldest of a rather large family, but unfortunately the fatherless. One day, returning home, Tanjiro finds his mother and brothers massacred. Only her sister Nezuko was “saved”, however, transformed into a demon, while maintaining some trace of human emotion. From here begins the journey of our protagonist, aimed at finding a cure for his sister and to prevent similar tragedies from happening again in the world.
Adaptation | Demon Slayer the Hinokami Chronicles: what to know before starting to play!
Although announced in the course of 2020, in fact, CyberConnect 2 and SEGA showed just a handful of trailers, which is rather strange in such a superproductive videogame world. However, we know that the game will follow the events of the first season of the anime, thus deviating slightly from the manga, from the macabre discovery of the death of Tanjiro’s family to the duel against Rui. The fighting game will therefore cover all the most salient events of the first part of Demon Slayer seen from the eyes of Tanjiro, and perhaps also from some of his allies.
Considering that the manga has been over for a while already, some have thought that the video game extends slightly beyond the duration of the first season of the anime. We consider it rather unlikely, considering that Much of Demon Slayer’s popularity comes mostly from the animated adaptation, and it is therefore unthinkable that CyberConnect 2 wants to run the risk of spoiling major events of subsequent seasons. The film, The Mugen Train, is likely to be mentioned or included, perhaps even in the form of a DLC.
Main campaign | Demon Slayer the Hinokami Chronicles: what to know before starting to play!
Demon Slayer The Hinokami Chronicles is, as we have already said, a Fighting Arena 3D which, from what we have seen, looks quite similar to the Ninja Storm series of the same CyberConnect 2. There will also be a part multiplayer, with Tag Battle mode. Each player can choose a team of two characters and the first to defeat both opponents wins. You can swap the two characters with the press of a single button at any time, or you can call the ally for assist actions.
As for the main campaign, we know that the title will be divided into chapters, each narrating the key moments of the various sagas of the first season of the anime. The guys from CyberConnect 2 also decided to embellish everything with some gems and unpublished dialogue, all seasoned with a minimum of freedom of exploration which, we hope, will be at the levels of the last chapters of Ninja Storm. What will be, in short, the only real certainty is that we know the skill of the team in creating tie-in titles with a similar formula, and considering the appreciation by the public for the Demon Slayer series, this could be the start of a new prolific series.
And here we are, we are at the end. Here ends our guide on what to know before playing Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba The Hinokami chronicles. Hoping to have been useful, we ask you: are you curious to try this title? Are you a fan of the series? Write it to us below in the comments, we will continue to keep you updated with all the news, guides and reviews on videogame and tech! And if you are interested in game keys at affordable prices, we recommend that you take a look at the InstantGaming catalog!