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Koei Tecmo’s upcoming Berserk musou, now known to be officially titled Berserk and the Band of the Hawk for the West, was shown off at the Tokyo Game Show. 

The Omega Forces’ developed title latest trailer introduces several playable characters including Casca, Griffith, Judeau, Serpico, and Shierke. More importantly, Koei Tecmo America’s site and the latest footage confirmed a release date for the West. North America will get it first on February 21st with Europe to follow on the 24th of February, 2017 on PlayStation 4, Vita and PC. 

Berserk and the Band of the Hawk

The grimdark fantasy of Berserk looks to meld quite well with Omega Force’s Warriors franchise especially considering just how easily a character like Guts can cut down huge groups of enemies with one blow thanks to that massive hunk of iron he wields. Berserk and the Band of the Hawk will focus on everything up to the end of the Falcon of the Millenium arc. That will, of course, include the well-known Golden Age arc that the recent Berserk trio of movies adapted from Kentaro Muira’s long-running manga. 120 minutes of cinematic footage taken from the Golden Age arc film series will be used alongside original scenes adapted from the source material that has never been animated before. All of the voice cast from the movie trilogy and current-run television series will also lend their talents to Berserk and the Band of the Hawk to offer what looks to be a thorough adaptation of some of the best material in Berserk. Newcomers to the series won’t need to do any homework before playing as it starts from the beginning of the story and will work its way through the end of the current anime run.

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Berserk Key Art


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The musou genre has gotten a lot of attention as of late, especially with properties the success of Hyrule Warriors and Dragon Quest Heroes. Omega Forces look to continue that trend with Berserk, and few franchises are better suited for this treatment than Kentaro Muira’s epic. This is one of the most promising adaptations of his work I’ve ever seen, and February cannot get here quick enough. Confirm Skull Knight as playable and I’m all in on a collector’s edition, Koei Tecmo.

Be sure to check out the gallery below for a closer look at Judeau, Casca, Shierke, Serpico and so much more. Is Berserk and the Band of the Hawk on your must-play list in early 2017? Let us know what you think on athat and the images in the comments below!

 

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Defender of waifus. Fighting game aficionado. Nearly 100% anime nonsense at this point. IT Specialist for the US Government by day but by night? JRPG/MMORPG addicted, constantly grinding in the lab to get better at Street Fighter and spending his time thinking critically about the medium he adores so.