During the Sword Art Online Special Live-stream on 3rd October, Bandai Namco revealed the latest news for the franchise from the new upcoming movie, Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night to the latest news and updates for the franchise’s game titles.
▍Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night
Bandai Namco and Aniplex started the Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night section with a previously reveled PV for the movie then continued with give audiences a background on the movie mentioning that the movie is made for fans and those who are not familiar with the movie the basic information of the beginning of the series in Asuna’s perspective. The movie is told in the point of view of Asuna, how she first started the game, and the time between starting the game and meeting Kirito in the iconic 2nd floor boss fight when he earns the name the Black Swordsman.
▍Sword Art Online Alicization Braiding
During the live-stream, Bandai Namco announced that the previously teased SAO Alicization Braiding is a new project that will completely overhaul Sword Art Online Alicization Rising Steel! The new update will be implemented on 30th October. The update will also bring new arcs to the game following the plot of the Moon Cradle arc and the plot of the upcoming Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night.
The new character Mito will also be added to the game on 30th October.
The game will also be celebrating its 2nd Anniversary in November. Whilst no details were revealed during the TGS2021 special, Bandai Namco announced that details will be revealed on a later date in a special live-stream.
For SAO IF, Bandai Namco announced that a new Progressive scenario and campaign event will be added to the game in celebration of the movie. During the live-stream Bandai Namco also showed an in-game celebration with giant TGS Kirito where players gathered together to show support for the game.
Additionally, this year, SAO IF [JP] is also celebrating its 4th Anniversary! To celebrate, the 75th floor will be coming in Winter! The live-stream revealed that the 75th floor will not be the last and that more and more will be added in the future.
For Global players, SAO IF is celebrating its 3.5 anniversary, to thank players, players will get up to 330 free rolls!
▍Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris Myosotis DLC
Bandai Namco also talked about the new paid DLC, Myosotis, for Sword Art Online Lycoris.
In order to protect someone important and prevent the loss of companions Eugeo and Kirito once again travel the world of Alicization together with Alice, the three are dubbed the childhood friend team in the live-stream.
During the live-stream, Bandai Namco also revealed that Players will be able to go on dates with Asuna. The game will also feature all sorts of different scenarios that players can share with the characters including a hot spring event with Lizbeth.
▍SAO x Tales of ARISE Collaboration Revealed
The collaboration outfits will be available as free DLCS alongside the Mysotis DLC for SAO Alicization Lycoris. Another collaboration coming to the game is the SAO Progressive collaboration which will feature Mito.