Bandai Namco Entertainment America has begun streaming a new battle system trailer for the Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris game!
Currently, Bandai Namco Entertainment postponed the release for the PS4 and Xbox One to July 9th, 2020, and for PC (via Steam) to July 10 in Japan due to safety regulations related to the pandemic. The game is expected to launch in North America and Europe on July 10th. Before, it was actually expected to release on May 22nd, but was pushed back due to the reasons stated above.
Plotwise, the game follows the same basic storyline as the Sword Art Online novel volumes 9 through 18 and the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime. However, the game does not follow the same route as the Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld anime run that premiered last October. Instead, the game branches off at that point into its own game route. The staff consulted with original creator Reki Kawahara, who wanted a game that depicts the original storyline, at least in the first half.
The Sword Art Online: Alicization anime premiered in Japan on October of 2018, and is still streaming on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Funimation. The series is adapting the entire “Alicization Arc” of Reki Kawahara’s original novels and will air on the four quarters of the year. The first two quarters aired from October 2018 to March 2019, and the third quarter, titled Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, premiered last October. The fourth and final one was originally scheduled to debut on April 25, but has been similarly delayed to July 11.