The One Punch Man anime and manga are both hugely popular, so it's somewhat surprising that it's taken this long for a console game based on the series. It may have taken years, but One Punch Man fans can mark February 28, 2020 on their calendars as the One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows release date. Hardcore fans may even be tempted to pre-order the game, and if they do, they'll be rewarded with some pre-order bonuses.
The One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows pre-order bonuses include an early access code for Saitama (Dream Version), Saitama (Jersey), Saitama (Black Suit), and a Saitama mask to customize their avatar with. The One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows pre-order bonuses consist largely of cosmetic items, though getting early access to the playable Saitama (Dream Version) character is interesting.
Saitama (Dream Version) was revealed alongside the One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows release date trailer. The character is essentially a nerfed version of Saitama that makes it so he can have competitive fights with the other characters in the game. This takes away Saitama's ability to defeat everything with "one punch," which makes for some highly entertaining anime scenes, but maybe is not such a great idea for a video game.
Don't let Saitama's dreams be dreams! Pre-Order ONE PUNCH MAN: A HERO NOBODY KNOWS to get early access to playable character Saitama (Dream Version), unlock additional Saitama outfits & avatars, and get the full game.— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) November 18, 2019
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However, it's unclear what exactly Bandai Namco means by "early access code." It is implying that Saitama (Dream Version) is DLC that will be added to One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows post-launch, or does it mean that players without the code will have to unlock the character in-game somehow? No clarification is available at the time of this writing, but some answers should come ahead of the game's launch in February.
With or without Saitama (Dream Version), One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows should have plenty of playable characters for fans to choose from. Based on who's been revealed so far, it seems as though the game features all the notable characters from the first season of the anime as playable characters in some form, and even some of the less-relevant characters as well. It's possible that even more characters will be added as DLC, though that remains to be seen.
One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows will launch on February 28 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.