Ahead of the game’s release on consoles later this year, and during the same Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba livestream which gave us the announcement of the Entertainment District Arc adaptation in a second season for the anime, footage of gameplay from the upcoming game based on the series has been showcased for the first time.
Even though the game was announced a year ago at this point, (and has already been confirmed for Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS5 and Xbox Series), before this weekend we had little more than screenshots. With the game still in development, CyberConnect2 had chosen not to tease the large number of excited Demon Slayer fans what the game would look like… until now.
The first ever public gameplay showcase of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba game was showcased during this weekend’s Valentine’s Day event livestream. While it’s no surprise to see the game turn into another console arena fighter in the vein of games like the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm series, it looks entertaining and it is evident in the game’s fluid animation that the series’ phenomenal success has resulted in an impressive budget.
Only the main cast were showcased in this early gameplay, with the action focused on Tanjiro and Nezuko. The fluidity of the animation is readily apparent, as is the extra effort put into replicating Tanjiro’s breathing techniques and Nezuko’s demon abilities. Although the later-released trailers centering on these characters are unfortunately region-locked to Japan, other fans have uploaded the extended gameplay shown on stream that features full fights with these characters and more from the Demon Slayer series.
The game is looking rather impressive at this stage, and though it still lacks a confirmed release date or even any indication that the game will release outside Japan (let’s be honest, it probably will), it still looks impressive and will only continue to hype up impatient fans waiting the game’s release.
The Demon Slayer fighting game will release in Japan sometime in 2021.