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So this video game ripped off Demon Slayer

A South Korean game that looks strikingly similar to the hit manga and anime series launched April 24 by gaming publisher Ten Nine.

You know what's funny about anything that becomes immensely popular? The fact that it's practically a law where if it gains attraction, there will be a knockoff of it. That includes books, shows, movies, video games, and of course, anime and manga.

In this case, it seems that the hit Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba series had met the inevitable. On April 24, a South Korean company called Ten Nine attempted to launch an online game where you slay demons, loosely translated titled Sword of Demon Slaughter, that blatantly copies its visuals from the popular manga/anime. The visuals are so similar you'd think that this was some sort of official Demon Slayer game with a different art style is all.

Sword of Demon Slaughter promotional art
Sword of Demon Slaughter promotional art

Just a mere 5 days later on the 29th however, the game studio announced that the game had shut down. In-game purchases began to be refunded to customers on the 27th around 8pm JST. The company made an official apology.

We apologize for the inconvenience to many people because of our immaturity. We have come to the conclusion that the operation cannot be continued after careful consideration.

The reasoning behind the decision isn't directly stated, but based upon the language of the statement and the distinctive similarities between the intellectual properties, it wouldn't be too hard to take a guess as to why.

You can take a look at some key visuals and gameplay below to compare for yourself.

Demon Slayer knock off promo art
Top: Demon Slayer. Bottom: South Korean game

Demon Slayer knock off promo art
Left: South Korean game. Right: Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer knock off promo art
Left: South Korean game. Right: Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer knock off promo art
Left: South Korean game. Right: Demon Slayer


via Kotaku and livedoor News