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Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is a hack-and-slash game developed by Omega Force and published by Koei Tecmo for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Microsoft Windows. It is a collaboration between Koei Tecmo's Dynasty Warriors video game series and Kentaro Miura's Berserk manga series. Berserk and the Band of the Hawk was released for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, as well as PlayStation 3 in Japan on October 27, 2016, and will also release for Microsoft Windows internationally in February 2017.
Guts is a wandering mercenary whose entire world from birth is warfare and bloodshed. His adoptive mother dies from the plague when Guts is young and he is enlisted within his adoptive father Gambino's mercenary group. Gambino eventually offers Guts to another mercenary and he is subsequently sexually assaulted. In an altercation, Guts kills Gambino by accident and is forced to flee. Years later, Guts continues to prove his worth on the battlefield defeating the famous fighter Bazuso in a duel one on one. This catches the attention of the leader of "Band of the Hawk", Griffith, who swiftly defeats Guts, forcing him to join The Band of the Hawk. Guts soon becomes Griffith's right-hand man while making a name as the group's renowned raid leader. Shortly afterwards during an encounter with a monstrous man known as Nosferatu Zodd who defeats both Guts and Griffith, Zodd notices the Crimson Behelit in Griffith's possession; a trinket in the shape of a face, and leaves promptly, warning Guts that his continued friendship with Griffith will result in his death.
The Hawks play a pivotal role in ending the 100-year war that has ravaged the country of Midland and are initially welcomed as heroes, but Griffith's aspirations to rule his own kingdom are shattered when Guts leaves the Hawks to find his own dream. Unable to cope with the loss, Griffith seduces the King's daughter Charlotte but is caught and ends up in the dungeon for a year. By the time Guts learns of this and helps the outlawed remnants of the Hawks rescue him, Griffith has been horribly mutilated and rendered a mute shadow of his former self.
The weight of knowing his body is too damaged for him to fulfill his dream proves too much for Griffith and he accidentally activates the Crimson Behelit on his person. This brings the Hawks to another plane where they encounter archdemons known as the God Hand in a ceremony known as "the Eclipse". Urged onward by the eldritch beings, Griffith sacrifices his soldiers to the God Hand's "apostles" — humans like Zodd who sacrificed their loved ones and humanity for power — so that he can become the God Hand's fifth and final member, taking the name Femto.
Branded, Guts witnesses the brutal slaughter of his comrades, though he and his lover Casca are saved from certain death by the mysterious Skull Knight. Guts loses an arm and an eye while Casca is driven insane after being raped by the reborn Griffith. Leaving Casca in the care of Rickert, a survivor of the Band of the Hawk who was not spirited into the other plane, and the blacksmith Godo, Guts begins hunting down the apostles in search of revenge against Griffith, although his Brand of Sacrifice makes him a target for restless spirits that hunt him nightly.
Any parts of the Golden age arc movies contained within these episodes are unintentional, as the game uses them for cutscenes most of the time, making their inclusion incidental.