Sword Art Online Variant Showdown

Sword Art Online Variant Showdown Announced, Releasing in 2022

Bandai Namco Entertainment unveiled Sword Art Online Variant Showdown, a new mobile game celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sword Art Online series. The game will release simultaneously worldwide in 2022 for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, the company released a new teaser trailer for the game featuring characters such as Kirito, Asuna, and Sinon. [Thanks, Dengeki!]

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The official website details the basic premise of the game. Kirito learns of Cross Edge, a new game that was reportedly created by a middle school genius. He then hears of a mysterious hooded figure in the game that attacks people and causes players to lose part of their memories. After remembering Laughing Coffin, Kirito and his friends decide to start playing Cross Edge to investigate.

The official website also offers information in various languages, including English, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and French. There are no gameplay details as of yet. However, pre-registration for the game is available via following the game’s account on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Furthermore, there are also pre-registration milestone rewards, though it’s uncertain what utility each item will serve. More information about the video game itself will appear during a live stream on April 2, 2022.

You can check out the Sword Art Online Variant Showdown teaser trailer below.

The announcement appeared as part of the ongoing AnimeJapan 2022 event. Last week, Aniplex also announced that the Sword Art Online Progressive – Scherzo of a Dark Dusk sequel movie would appear in theaters sometime in Fall 2022.

Sword Art Online Variant Showdown will release simultaneously worldwide in 2022 for iOS and Android devices.

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