Bandai Namco has announced Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. As the title indicates, the game is based on the 'Alicization' storyline of the series. The official Japanese website has also been opened.
Other details on the game have yet to be revealed, including a release window, but Bandai Namco US has already confirmed an English localization. Bandai Namco states the game will have 'epic battles, stunning JRPG visuals, and an expansive world to explore'. You can find the announcement trailer and overview via the publisher below.
Following the events of the SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization anime series, SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris finds Kirito in a mysterious but familiar virtual world, “Underworld,” where A.I.s behave like humans. As players take control of Kirito, they will relive heart-pounding scenes from the series through intense combat. Players will also encounter fan favorite characters including Eugeo, Alice, Administrator, and many more. A wide world awaits Kirito and his friends in this exciting adaptation to the SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization series.
“For the first time in a SWORD ART ONLINE video game, players will be able to faithfully follow the events of the anime series.” said Jennifer Tsang, Brand Marketing Manager at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “We look forward to players and fans experiencing the Alicization story arc as Kirito, uncovering the mysteries of Underworld, and making new friends along the way.”
Update (April 1): Bandai Namco has released the game's key art, screenshots, and fact sheet. The English website has also opened.
Your journey is ready to begin...
For the first time ever, players can experience SWORD ART ONLINE’s anime storyline in game format with SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris! Play as the protagonist Kirito and immerse yourself in “Underworld,” a mysterious virtual world set in the anime’s Alicization arc. Featuring intense battle action, stunning JRPG visuals, and an expansive world to explore; your journey through the latest VRMMO SWORD ART ONLINE game is ready to begin!
- Lycoris Flower - Lycoris is a species of flower found in the South of Japan which symbolizes passion, sad memories, reunion, and self-reliance. Experience these themes as you dive into the game’s storyline.
- Faithful to the original work - Kirito has awoken in a mysterious yet somehow familiar virtual world where AIs behave like humans. In this world, Kirito meets a young man named Eugeo. They make a promise where their destinies will soon become entwined. To keep that promise and stay together, they must venture onwards.
- Meet your favorite characters - Relive the story of Alicization with your favorite characters such as Kirito, Eugeo, Alice, Administrator, and many more.