Sword Art Online RPG Will Spend An "Infinity Moment" On PSP

By Spencer . June 25, 2012 . 1:26am

imageRemember .hack? There’s a new story about an online world called Sword Art Online. Originally released as a light novel, Sword Art Online’s story begins when players can’t log offline… and they start dying in real life when their character dies. Kirito, a beta tester known as the Black Swordsman, is moving through the game in search of his freedom.


Sword Art Online is being adapted into an anime series and later a PSP game from Banpresto. Sword Art Online: Infinity Memory is described as a live in the moment with you RPG. Details about the game will be revealed in this week’s issue of Dengeki PlayStation.


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  • klkAlexar

    Wasn’t that what happened in one of the .hack anime? Eh, still sounds mildly interesting, although I’ll probably skip the anime(seriously, they couldn’t come up with something more original to animate?).

    • Hraesvelgr

      This happened in like every .hack related media, except people went into comas instead of dying.

      • though unlike Hack were some ubber Ai is at fault this is a deliberate “game” made by the creator of the NervGear

    • Its not call a good LN for no reason. Gv it a try.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      The LN is indeed a very good series there. I highly recommended for you to try it there. And this one is much darker compared to .hack series considering on .hack, people rarely dies as they only fallen to coma.

      While in SAO, people dies in RL and unable to log out, forcing them to stay as vegetable in RL while fighting for their life in SAO.

      • Excuse me, but isn’t it more lk: Dead in game=RL dead too? And it more lk they r vrgetable IRL and clearing dungeon in-game?

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          Uups sorry here.^^ I wrong phrased there.

          It should be, they are in coma(vegetable) currently and forced to stuck in SAO until they can finish the game.

          And if they die in game, their brain wil be fried=dead.

  • Nitraion

    Well the anime is coming out…let’s watch it :)
    the story looks like .hack enough except the MC this time really trapped on game..

    • malek86

      The MC of .hack//Sign was also trapped in the game.

      Although I find it baffling that these people get all scared when they can’t log out. Can’t they, like, get up from their chairs and stop playing. It must be one heck of a virtual reality headset, or whatever it is they use, since it apparently severs all your nervous connections to your real body…

      Then again, I’m fairly sure .hack had an explanation for this, but I don’t really know the universe that well. Anyone does?

      • Basically, the Nerve Gear seals your senses and only allow you to interact with the game. Go read the manga or LN.

        • malek86

          Wow. Even without considering weird accidents such as this, it still sounds illegal at best, and horribly dangerous at worst. One would hope our future won’t actually be like that.

          I remember an old fiction book where the author imagined a post-apocalyptic future in which people would play “total risk holo-games” that killed you in various ways if you didn’t reach a certain score within a certain timeframe. The government had made it illegal to outright kill the player, only allowing for injuries (!), but they turned a blind eye because people actually prefered the thrill of risking their lives (!!).

          I wonder if someone will ever make a story where players are trapped in MMOS of their own volition, with the fun being exactly having to get out without being killed.

          • Well, as long as they r no hackers hacking the game….. Or just play single player. Admit it, Diablo III as virtual game sounds pretty awesome. Or P4, R;N, ResiEvil….. Study this ways sounds better than studying with notes too.

          • pretty much nobody knew that the NervGear could kill
            because it wasn’t obvious.

          • PoweredByHentai

            You’ve got John Carmack (of id Software and DOOM) currently working on helmet-mounted virtual reality immersion BS.  He’s one of the smartest software engineers of the profession and we can blame him for building the most feasible prototype to the Nerve Gear.

    • Kevadu

      I like SAO a lot more than .hack.  I never cared for .hack’s brand of quasi-mystical BS.  SAO spends a lot more time on the human element, how people cope with the situation they found themselves in, etc.

  • I’m a bit more interested in the game, but we’ll see what happens.

  • malek86

    If your real self dies when your character dies, wouldn’t the best course of action be to just remain in town and bask in immortality until the issue is solved, instead of venturing in the fields where you risk death by slimes?

    Of course, I fully expect some weird AI to contact the main character and tell them they must journey through perilous lands and regain their freedom by performing some dangerous task, which obviously the stat-boosted game mods can’t do or it would be too easy.

    Overall, MMOs sound like terrible places. You always incur the wrath of some angry AI god. Why do people even keep playing them?

    Either that, or the in-universe developers are gonna troll everyone by announcing that logout has become paid DLC.

    • If they do that and no one clear the game all the players will eventually die because their real life body is still alive only because they are being supported by the machines. Well you will understand more if you read the light novel or just wait for the anime.

    • ‘Cuz it fun. But now I swear I would not try virtual gaming after seeing this…..

    • Kaito Destinyzero Kouzumi

       …I recommend you to read the novel. Also, while waiting would be the best course of action, it would be both slow and tiring, unless you have patience. Also, you will feel hunger and fatigue in the SAO World, so while you can fight non-stop, that doesn’t mean your stamina can handle it. If you say fighting, remember that getting your HP there to zero will make you die in the real world. Be brave? The players are humans, they’re afraid of death. They’re also Level 1 and new players (only a few are beta players) so they have almost no experience in fighting.

      Not only that, your real world body would not survive without food or nutrients given. Try removing the Nerve Gear forcibly will be case of death due to electric shock.

      They are also some others but it’ll be a mouthful.

    • Kyle D. Johnson

      Mmm, I’d recommend reading the novels. That’s actually addressed quite a lot. 

      Not all of the players are combat oriented; Only a small percentage of the game’s population actually go out and fight to clear the game actively, and they mostly do it in really large, organized guild raids. The other players run shops, do some sort of other support work, or just settle down on a cleared floor.

      Along with that, AI is almost non-existant outside of the monsters. I think you were being somewhat facetious, but you might be super-imposing .hack a little too much.

      • puchinri

        This series sounds more and more interesting. I was going to wait and watch the anime, but since I now know a LN exists, huntin it down~!

        • Kyle D. Johnson

          I am unsure as to whether there is an official english localization, but Baka-Tsuki has done ~60% of the whole series (The series crosses over multiple games in procedural order.)

          The first one, that is depicted in the video, is self-titled, but the world is called Aincrad. Aincrad consists of the first 2 volumes, Volume 1 being the main story, and Volume 2 consisting of side-stories involving other players that didn’t get featured during the main line, but are important to Kirito’s character development OTP.

          (Also, after finishing volume 1, read the author’s note. There’ll be something you’ll notice near the end that seems odd, and the author explains why it was done that way. I don’t think the subsequent volumes have this problem, however.)

          I would definitely recommend it, though. It’s like Ragnarok Online-meets-dotHack.

          • puchinri

            Yeah, I found it on there~.

            Thanks for the explanation! That clears up a lot of what I was trying to figure out.

            I’ve been keeping an eye on news and stuff related to the anime, and it was about the only thing I was looking forward to for the summer. But, knowing the LN exists and seeing how enjoyed it is, I’m definitely going to give it a try~.

            Thanks for all the info!

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well the problem is that your real body there is staying in a vegetable states and that does not guarantee how long you can stay alive only with some nutrient injecting to your body there.

      So the faster you clear the game still is the best option here.^^

  • when i see the gameplay and features, that’s when i’ll decide. as for the anime, would go check it out so i can get away from too much love-plotted ones.

    my psp never lets me down. :)

  • Kool. We get to experience the MMO!! (W/out dying) But I hope this and AW game get translated…… 

    • and would be muuuuch koooler if the game has online feature so we can totally experience the MMO (and yes, w/o dying ofc). or how about adhoc versus and coop? ;D wait, i’m wishful thinking too much.

      i bet the hope stops at getting translated.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Yeahhhhh.^^ SAO Project games.^^ And considering this game is (kinda like .hack) except it is more on darker aspect and people does die.(Fried brain sounds nice lol.^^)

    Hope that this game will be able to deliver us the game not only focusing on the MC and the first two LN here.^^ But allowed us to make our own character like .hack fragment and let us fight together with the MC to clear the 100 floor tower.^^

    SAO BANZAI!!!!!!!^^

  • in the novels the Full Dive technology is actually used for buisness like meetings or workrelated

  • Go2hell66

    hmmmm will check out the anime, my friend read the manga/novel, he wasn’t impressed, he said i should skip it but i’m kind of intrigued after seeing this PV, will give the anime a try, have no idea how the game will be, guess i’ll wait and see

  • Rakugei


    • keithmaxx

      Wow. Stories about games turned into shows and converted to games seem to be the most convoluted development ever… Not that it isn’t popular; I just can’t wrap my head around the concept, lol.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    so is this going to be something like SRPG or action RPG like .hack series?? I hope it isn’t a VN

  • Eilanzer

    the light novel is just amazing!

  • Chances of English release?? I don’t want to be a pessimist this is my cup of tea in terms of games but I should start to cry a tear of rivers for not having an English release for these kinds of games.

    • LynxAmali

      On the PSP and an anime based game.

      That should be enough to confirm the chances of a localization.

      • Speedo Redempteur

        The anime need to have supporters in the west first ..

        • LynxAmali

           Context. Do you know of it? >_<

          I was saying that alone seals the grave.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      i’m not sure.. but since it’s for PSP, it’s kinda hard to hope for a localization.. just like re:digitize and HXH wonder adventure

    • Guest

       If the Vita would have took off like it should, they could still release it on PSN and have Vita capability

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well…… i am not really sure consider that the anime has not even release in Japan.(It is release this season.)

      And considering this is part of LN in Japan and now release on PSP, the chance is close to zero here.T_T

  • hmoham

    They should make a MMO based on the MMO’s in the light novels.

    Edit: Hopefully this game makes it way to the PS3 and later the west, the potential for this game is quite good, considering the series is essentially the main charactor stuck inside a game.

    • Kyle D. Johnson

      But would it be Aincrad, Alfheim, or whatever game Phantom Bullet takes place in?

      • Eilanzer

        Aincrad no doubt…The alfheim with all the cute fly stuff was boring as hell!!!

  • Palmer Nyako

    Come on can we a real mmo localized on psn? -_-

  • Awwwwww yeah, this is effin neat ! First Day Import for me. Huge fan of the Light Novels, can’t wait for the Anime and now a game by Banpresto ! :D

    • puchinri

      I’ve noticed mention of the light novels and I’m very interested now. Are they very far along?

      • contention

        I heard alot of this secondhand, so I’m not 100% confidant about this, but this is how I understand it.

        The author actually started out  writing these, and just posting to his website online, where anyone could read them for free.  He got a deal to publish them, but, I believe he leaves stuff on his site until they get ready to publish the novel associated with it…maybe?

        Well, they just published volume 9 not that long ago.  10 is due out, late summer or early fall I think.  9 started a new arc, and from what I’ve seen speculated, the arc (which is already written and was on the web for some time) should take the series through volume 15.

        So, short answer is, yes, there is quite a bit of material that they could animate.  And, if they only animate the first arc, it’s mainly going to be the first 2 light novels, maybe some out of the 8th, and maybe some stories that haven’t been published yet.  So, there is quite a bit more they could publish on down the road, if they were so inclined.

  • I can’t wait for the anime to come out next season! It’s on my watch list for sure, and I hope the game gets localized too =^_^=

    • puchinri

      Same here~! It’s one of the few things I plan on watching for the summer! ^u^

  • It looks great. The only thing I don’t like is the lack of heavily armored characters. They all seem to be wearing the same light clothing. No wonder they die so fast. 

    • Eilanzer

      there IS heavy armored characters…And RLY OP ^^ The main pair in this anime/Ln/Manga have a speed based build.

  • puchinri

    I’ve been really interested in the anime for a while now. The art style and character designs are looking pretty good, and I’m curious about what they’ll do with the game. I’m going to be watching both~! (Er, playing one. . .)

  • chaosblack1991

    japan is killing me here why the hell this is not for vita so much can be done

    • sherimae1324

      siggghhhhh another platform-bitter –__–

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Umm because releasing a new franchise from LN which is not even released as an anime.(Release this season.) on a consoles that owners is much lesser than PSP is a good business decision?

      Not to mention releasing them on Vita while increasing the chance of the game being released does not guarantee them coming here considering we still don’t know whether the anime will come here or not.

  • Very interesting. .hack// was part of the reason I got into both anime and gaming, so another series with a similar style is more than welcome. I cannot wait to start watching it when it releases.

    Now, the character designs in SAO look very familiar…

    Does anyone know who the character designer is?

    • contention

       Well, SAO does have a similar theme as .hack, but in terms of characters, story, and pacing, they are pretty different, imo.

      I am really looking forward to it though

    • Some of the characters look like Dannychoo’s work… like Mirai Suenaga and her friends… but they aren’t actually all too similar in style. 

    • Its abec (for the LN)

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