Kill la Kill the Game: IF is headed to PC in 2019

Studio Trigger's infamously over-the-top anime series Kill la Kill is finally getting a fighting game adaptation, and it will be landing on PC sometime in 2019.

Kill La Kill the Game: IF (to give its full triple-barrelled title) is a one-on-one 3D arena fighting game, not entirely dissimilar to Bandai Namco's Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm series. The trailer—debuted at Anime Expo 2018 on Friday—gives us a look at the anime's two leads crossing swords.

Kill la Kill was a raunchy and anarchic action/comedy anime series that started in late 2013, following the adventures of rowdy teenage swordswoman Ryuko Matoi on a quest to track down her dad's killer. The tale rapidly jumped the rails and escalated into a spectacular and increasingly surreal yarn involving sentient, super-powered and extremely skimpy clothing. 

While prolific fighting game studio and publisher Arc System Works (who recently made a splash with Dragon Ball FighterZ) are getting top billing on this as publisher, Kill la Kill the Game: IF is being developed by Japanese studio APlus. It's a possible reason for concern, given that their most recent game—Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time—wasn't much fun to play, despite looking and sounding authentic to its source material.

Kill la Kill the Game: IF is due for release in 2019 for PC and PlayStation 4, but will be making its first public demo debut at fighting game tournament Evo 2018 in August.

Dominic Tarason
Contributing Writer

The product of a wasted youth, wasted prime and getting into wasted middle age, Dominic Tarason is a freelance writer, occasional indie PR guy and professional techno-hermit seen in many strange corners of the internet and seldom in reality. Based deep in the Welsh hinterlands where no food delivery dares to go, videogames provide a gritty, realistic escape from the idyllic views and fresh country air. If you're looking for something new and potentially very weird to play, feel free to poke him on Twitter. He's almost sociable, most of the time.