Sword Art Online is a well-known anime in the Isekai genre. This franchise is based on light novels by Reki Kawahara has inspired multiple anime, movies, and video games.
As the SAO series is based on survival in a VRMMORPG, typically a medieval RPG game full of magic and sword skills, fans have always demanded opportunities to experience the stories in-game. Virtual Reality technology showcased in SAO is beyond the current time, so video games become a great medium of experiencing Kirito’s journey.
The Sword Art Online franchise has released multiple games, including titles like Sword Art Online Lost Song, SAO Fatal Bullet, and Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization.
Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris, the latest video game addition to the franchise, was launched by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment on July 10, 2020, for PS4, XBOX ONE, and PC. The game has been launched close to the premiere of the fourth and final cour Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 on July 12.
The official Twitter account for BANDAI NAMCO US posted a series of tweets with sneak peeks into their newly launched game.
Their first tweet featured a promotional video showcasing the game’s elements like character customization, online multiplayer, and four-member party system.
Another tweet by the developer featured the opening animation for Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris.
BANDAI NAMCO introduces the game as:
“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!”
Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris has been named after the Lycoris flower from Japan that symbolizes passion, sad memories, reunion, and self-reliance. It ensures players an opportunity to experience them throughout the gameplay.
This theme rightly fits the SAO Alicization anime as it focuses on Kirito and Eugeo’s journey to bring their childhood friend Alice back from the Capital.
The game will also allow the player to relive moments from the Sword Art Online Alicization anime, its epic battles, and, most importantly, to play as Kirito and use his coveted dual wielding skill.
Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris is available in Standard, Standard Digital and Deluxe edition along with a premium pass.
The Deluxe Edition of the game offers the full game, Premium Pass, which includes 2 Major Expansions and a Special Costume as a bonus and 200 virtual SAO coins for in-game purchases. Players who but the Standard edition will have to buy the Premium Pass to access the DLCs