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One-Punch Man’s fighting game launches in February

It might take more than one punch to win, however

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows is actually, factually coming to video game consoles, folks. It launches Feb. 28, 2020.

Still, since its announcement back in June, questions have abounded how One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows can be balanced as a fighting game (with multiplayer, even) yet remain true to the absurdist lore of an anime whose protagonist is quite bored of dispatching foes with one punch.

The answer lies within its three-fighter structure, where players may choose Saitama (One-Punch Man) for their team if they wish, but he may show up late to the brawl — if at all. And now there’s another hedge: Dream Saitama.

In his pajama’d state (as seen in One-Punch Man’s first episode, where he dukes it out with Subterranean King) One-Punch Man is just a regular fighter. So you can add Saitama to your fighting party and brawl with a cohort of three as normal — he just lacks his namesake one-hit kill ability.

Spike Chunsoft has other tricks up its sleeve to make One-Punch Man competitive. King, aka the guy who takes credit for Saitama’s feats of strength, will sometimes appear (as an NPC) and freeze the fighters, for example. There’s also a big roster of characters other than One-Punch Man to choose from, including new reveals Metal Knight, Stinger, and Melzargard.

Hoo boy. This looks even more bonkers than Spike Chunsoft’s last opus, Jump Force, but I am here for it. One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows will be available for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

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