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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice manga announced to launch next month

Sekiro is getting a manga spin-off that is set to release at the end of May and has been created under the supervision of FromSoftware.

Sekiro Gaiden: Shinazu Hanbei, or Sekiro Side-Story: Hanbei the Undying, has been created by Shin Yamamoto. It's not Yamamoto's first time working on a manga based on a video game IP, having provided the artwork for Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter.

Publisher Yen Press announced he news on its Twitter account and shared a panel of a younger, blood-splattered Hanbei, which you can check out below.

Players of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will know Hanbei from the Dilapidated Temple, where he hangs around offering himself up as a sparring partner for you to train with, and he looks slightly more worse for wear compared to his manga incarnation.

"The Sengoku Era…A time when losing a battle meant losing it all. The Sword Saint, Isshin Ashina, aims for world domination…That is, until he encounters a certain Samurai…," reads the synopsis from Yen Press' website.

This isn't the first time one of FromSoftware's games has had a spin-off. A Bloodborne card game was announced in 2016 and there's a very successful Kickstarter campaign for a board game going on right now.

A Dark Souls board game was also Kickstarted and raised over £3 million shortly after it was fully funded minutes after going live.

Anime News Network reports that the Sekiro manga is set to release on May 27.

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