Earlier this week it was announced that the popular shonen anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba would be getting two games – one for PlayStation 4 called Demon Slayer: Hinokami Kepputan, and one for smartphones called Demon Slayer: Keppu Kengeki Royal. Aniplex (the studio behind animating the anime) revealed teaser trailers for both games today, revealing the game graphics to be on par with the highly praised visuals of the anime. The trailers also revealed that CyberConnect 2 is the developer of the PS4 title (known for games such as Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot and Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm).
From the first look at Tanjiro in the PlayStation title, it doesn’t really tell much about the story or mechanics of the game. At first, there was collective confusion about the game possibly being a Musou-style game due to the description that calls it an “action game in which you’ll defeat assaulting demons one after the other”. However, they are basically just saying that the game will feature a bunch of Demons for Tanjiro to beat. So far it looks like it’ll be more focused on the action.
[Note: Official upload of the trailer is currently region-locked to Japan-only]
Keppu Kengeki Royal looks to be a high-quality multiplayer phone game where players will get to join the Demon Slayer Corps or be on the side of the demons themselves in a battle between the sides, featuring asymmetrical gameplay. The trailer asks whether you’ll fight to protect humanity or to eat them, giving players the chance to see and play as their favorite hunters or demons from the anime and manga. The game will launch sometime in 2020 and will be a free-to-play game with microtransactions. The maps will take place in the Demon Slayer world, and from the trailer, it looks like most of the major demons in the first season with a few added bonuses.
Aniplex will publish both games, and Ufotable and Shueisha will be producers on both games as well. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Keppuu Kengeki Royale and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Hinokami Keppuutan are due to be released in Japan sometime in 2020 and sometime in 2021.