We are trying to be careful with our news today, but this seems real enough. It also seems to have been announced before today, so it’s trustworthiness goes up considerably.
Bandai Namco revealed SWORD ART Online Alicization Lycoris. The new game in the SWORD ART Online universe will follow the adventures of Kirito in the virtual “Underworld”. It will take players through the events of the Alicization arc that temporarily ended over the weekend, so you can expect to spend time with the earnest Eugeo and the twisted Administrator as Kirito helps to rescue Alice.
I won’t spoil anymore of the plot if you haven’t watched it, but the game will follow the events in the 24 episode Alicization arc with content pulled from the anime and light novels. The name Lycoris is taken from the flower, Lycoris radiata, which grows in Japan. According to the special video at the bottom, it symbolizes “passion, self-reliance, reunion, and sad memories”. You can see a picture of the flower here.
Although we don’t have a release date for the game, we do know the anime will return in October. After the events of the last episode, it should be really interesting. If you want to see what the game looks like, check out the trailer at the top. The trailer looks nice, but there is one big change. Administrator is not naked like the anime. I can only guess it was censored for the game, but, although a tad risque, everything was hidden in the anime as well. Oh well.
Bandai Namco has made over 10 games for the SWORD ART Online license, but some of them have been mobile only or only offered in China. As one of the top (if not the top) publisher of anime games, they have developed a specialty for these properties. We’ll have to wait to see how they handle SWORD ART Online Alicization Lycoris, but it’s probably coming this year. October is my guess. What’s yours?
Bandai Namco Press Release
Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.