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Bandai UK today confired the release of Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris, the RPG based on the hit series by Reki Kawahara. The announcement comes with a launch trailer (below) which shows off the game for the first time with English subtitles.
The game is available to pre-order on Steam, Xbox One and PS4 now.
From the Press Release:
On top of their Sword Skills, players will be able to use the eight different Sacred Arts to turn over a battle and counter their enemies. Each Sacred Art has unique battle effects and can be charged for even stronger attacks!
New playable characters from the source material have been confirmed:
Renly Synthesis Twenty-Seven: Part of the Integrity Knights, he battles against the Dark Territory forces as the leader of the Human Empire army. Renly is the only character who can use the Twin-Wing Blades weapons and especially the “Twin-Edged Wings”.
Sheyta Synthesis Twelve: Integrity Knight also known as Sheyta the Silent Taciturn, the Administrator gave Sheyta a divine weapon able to slash any and all things, The Black Lily Sword.
Sortiliena Serlut: Graduating second in her class at the Swordcraft Academy, Sortiliena was served by Kirito whom earned her respect. She uses her own battle style with Claymore-type weapons.
For the players’ enjoyment, SWORD ART ONLINE: ALICIZATION LYCORISwill also have post-launch content to be updated regularly. Daily quests will allow players to earn CUBE tickets, that can be traded for CUBEs. Each CUBE will randomly contain items such as: costumes, weapon skins, and more. Players will also be able to directly buy the items using SAO Coins - a virtual currency available in the in-game store. Additionally, Monthly Raids will include 3-4 hours of gameplay each for players to enjoy online with their friends!
Starting today, fans can preorder the game on both Xbox One and Steam! As a preorder bonus, they will be able to unlock 4 costumes from the Design Contest held in September. The Deluxe edition pre-orders will include these costumes, plus the Premium Pass, the Premium Pass costume, as well as 200 SAO Coins! These bonuses will be available on Steam, Xbox One and PS4 from May 22nd to June 22nd.