Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris - new Story Trailer, Digital Deluxe Edition announced, and free update information

Bandai Namco has released a new story trailer for Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris. The trailer introduces three more playable characters that can join the player party: Renly, Sheyta, and Sortiliena, as well as a new original character for the game: Hersyrian.

Bandai Namco also announced further details on various versions of the game available to purchase. We've broken down all the information below.

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris is set to release on May 22, 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in North America and Europe. For more information, you can check out the:

Month 1 Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition

Bandai Namco has also announced that digital-preorders for the game are live on Microsoft Store and Steam. The game is listed as a 'Month 1 Edition', as it includes four design contest winning character costumes with purchase until June 22. These costumes will also be available with the PSN version when it is available.


Bandai Namco also announced a Digital Deluxe Edition, available for pre-order on Microsoft Store and Steam. This version costs $104.99 and includes a Premium Pass, which includes access to two upcoming expansions, a special costume, and 200 SAO coins - a virtual in-game currency. This version is also listed as a 'Month 1 Edition', so the four design contest costumes will be included if purchased before June 22. The Deluxe version will also be available on PS4 at a later date.

Free updates, SAO coins, and the CUBE System

Finally, Bandai Namco offered some details on the game's post-launch content and free daily updates. Here is their description:

SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris will introduce new ways to enjoy the game with free updates, SAO coins, and the CUBE system! Free updates for SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris will include events such as Monthly Raids and Daily Quests! By completing Daily Quests, players can earn tickets to exchange for CUBEs. CUBEs enable players to randomly win in-game costumes, accessories, weapon skins, and more! If players log on daily and complete each daily quest, they can obtain all the items from the CUBEs and deck out their characters. SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris also supports an in-game currency also known as SAO coins, which users can purchase to trade for individual items from the CUBE, enabling players to get their favorite items easily.

Story Trailer and Screenshots

The newest SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris trailer showcases the story behind SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris’s original character Medina along with some of the new characters and enemies. Renly, Sheyta, and Sortiliena from the SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization anime are all new playable characters that can be recruited into player parties, while Hersyrian is a brand-new original character! The trailer also features Black Knight, Kayode, and Mysterious Giant, who are new enemies that are ready to challenge our heroes!  SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris will allow characters to master the eight different Sacred Arts – Heat, Ice, Wind, Water, Crystal, Steel, Light, and Darkness – just like in the light novel and the anime. In addition, players can also build bonds with their favorite SWORD ART ONLINE characters and date them in-game!

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Screenshots and Artwork