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Sword Art Online video game announced

A video game about the popular novel and TV series Sword Art Online is in development, according to a statement from IBM Japan.

“Sword Art Online: The Beginning” will be a virtual reality project headed by IBM Japan in an effort to bring the series’ game into consumer homes.

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Sword Art Online is a light novel, manga and TV series whose novel has sold over 16 million copies worldwide. The story follows a group of teenagers stuck in a video game, called Sword Art Online, which they cannot leave. Even worse, if they die in the game, they die in real life. As far as we know right now, if you die in the game you won’t die in real life (But hey, that could change).

According to crunchyroll.com, in an attempt to stay faithful to the series, IBM Japan will hold a lottery to pick beta testers to play the game before anyone else. 208 winners will go to Japan on March 18 through the 20th, be scanned into the 3D world and be able to play the game their favorite characters played.

If you want to sign up for the player lottery, you can go to http://www.vrmmo-project.jp/entry/. However, you must meet specific physical requirements, including being at least 5 feet tall but no bigger than 6, and be at least 18 years old.

As far as we know right now, there are no plans to turn the other two games featured in the series, Alfheim Online and Gun Gale Online, into real games.

The virtual world of Sword Art Online will be recreated as a virtual reality experience, but not like a normal Oculus Rift game. With the Oculus Rift, players see through the character’s “eyes” in a first person point of view. IBM says Sword Art Online: The Beginning will be a little bit more like you’re watching the show, and will see yourself as a full 3D model from a third person point of view.

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This not only has big implications for fans of the Sword Art Online Series, but for gamers as a whole, as this is a huge step in video gaming technology. Headset games are still in the early stages, and have been pretty hit or miss as far as success goes. IBM is promising fans a chance to fully immerse themselves in this fantasy world, with improved headset technology and user interface.

Games, Galaxies, and Other Geekery will keep you up to date as we find out more information about Sword Art Online: The Beginning.

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4 comments

  1. I find this article difficult to trust considering that there have been many articles popping up claiming the game to be nothing more than a marketing stunt, yet you have obtained quotes directly from IBM that they hope to bring the game to our homes?

  2. This is great news. No one can really tell if the game is a straight up marketing stunt from that one article that most people have seen already. But who is to say that, that one article everyone has read is fake as well. It may be hard to believe both but I am going to keep my hopes up since the future is a long ways away and lots of time for a game like SAO to be developed. Even if it isn’t a VRMMORPG I will be satisfied none the less since it is a game that the fans have wanted for a few years now. I wouldn’t just vote this out in the trash just yet. Keep your hopes up until we hear further information about the game.

  3. What everyone has to realise is that even if this is a marketing stunt it doesn’t mean they aren’t considering making a full game. Its a TEST meaning they are going to wait and see how things play out. If it goes well then this will defiantly be put into production. They are calling 2016 the year of VR and we are only 3 months into the year and already we have got the Oculus, Holo-lens and PSVR to release this year. The race for full immersion has begun people and I can’t wait to see how it plays out.

  4. I am a big big bbbiiggg anime lover and I trolley think that one day Sao will come to life just as it had in the anime show called (sword art online) and I hop that it come tru like in the show in the year 2022 witch is too years after I graduate from high school so I am saving up Momy to pay for the game just in case if it is tru so if you wish and dream I hope that is will come now I do know the facts because I have Ben to 5 different sites looking at what the commenters have to say and I hope that you won’t be a MMO hater to so please do not dout that sword art won’t come tru but watch anime and I am shor you will fall in LOVE with SAO two I love anime and hope to that you will soon love it to.