Sword Art Online Variant Showdown

Sword Art Online Variant Showdown Gameplay Revealed

Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed new gameplay footage of the upcoming mobile game Sword Art Online Variant Showdown. Notably, the new footage reveals that the game will be an action RPG game. Players will control a party of three characters. A multiplayer battle royale mode is also in development.

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The new gameplay footage appeared as part of the first Sword Art Online Variant Showdown live stream. Specifically, a short battle segment appeared featuring Kirito, Asuna, and Silica fighting against The Gleam Eyes. Players will control one character at a time, and can switch between the three characters in the party. Yui will also act as a guide for the party. There will also be a battle royale game mode in which you can fight against other players. However, the battle royale mode is still in development.

There are three different character types: Attackers, Defenders, and Supporters. Attackers specialize in attacks. Defenders are good at absorbing damage and continuously attacking. Supporters enhance other characters’ abilities and can debuff enemies. These characters will have access to three character skills: Attack skills, Recovery skills, and Support skills. By switching between characters at the correct time and stringing together attacks, players can deal greater damage to enemies.

Furthermore, each character can enter an Awakening state. In this state, character skills will have no cooldown timer, and players will be able to switch between characters at any time. Once awakened, the character will also have access to a powerful Finishing skill.

Here is the Sword Art Online Variant Showdown gameplay video.

You can also check out some of the gameplay in the screenshots below.

Sword Art Online Variant Showdown will release for iOS and Android devices simultaneously worldwide in 2022. Pre-registration for the game is available via following the game’s official social media accounts.


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