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Berserk game gets a Western launch date and a weird new name

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His name is Guts, not Berserk, Koei Tecmo

Koei Tecmo revealed its adaptation of the classic Berserk franchise just before E3 2016 in June, and back then, it had the simple working title of Berserk. Today, the publisher confirmed a Feb. 21 stateside launch date in 2017 for the action title, as well as a new English name: Berserk and the Band of the Hawk.

"The Band of the Hawk" refers to the group of fighters that accompany the hero of the anime and manga series. But this battle-tested mercernary's name isn’t Berserk, as the title may imply: It’s Guts. Berserk is simply the title of the series, which began more than 27 years ago and remains ongoing.

It’s possible that Koei Tecmo was concerned about name recognition in the Western market, although the dark fantasy has been available in English since 2003. A new anime based on the manga is also now airing in both Japan and North America, where it streams on Crunchyroll. We’ve reached out to the company for some insight and will update accordingly.

Berserk fans may have qualms with the Western name, but a new trailer shown at Tokyo Game Show 2016 has won praise. Watch above for two minutes of gameplay from the Dynasty Warriors spinoff — strange name be damned. It'll be out on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.

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