If you have been a fan of the popular anime, Sword Art Online, then there’s something to look forward to because a new game is coming to mobile this year.

A new game as part of the Sword Art Online franchise called “Sword Art Online: Variant Showdown” is coming to both iOS and Android devices. If you are excited as we are, here are some current information about the game.

The story in focus

A new game called ‘Cross Edge’ is circulating among players, designed by a middle-school prodigy. Back in the Dicey Cafe, Kirito also hears rumors of a mysterious character assaulting people, and if you lose to them then you also lose a part of your memory.

Thus, it’s up to Kirito and his friends to enter Cross Edge and track down this shady killer and hopefully bring a stop to his plans, but they have to be careful because the villain is already one step ahead.


Sword Art Online Variant Showdown gameplay

Variant Showdown is a JRPG and involves a fast-paced combat system where players have the opportunity to use various characters and aim for multiple combos.

Entering combat, players can switch between three characters in the party while increasing the damage multiplier by using attacks and skills. While you control one of the characters, the two others fight alongside you and you can most definitely activate their skills.

On the other hand, enemies have a diamond gauge that also increases whenever you inflict damage. Once full, it stuns the opponent and you can enter burst mode which boosts the damage you deal.

As a mobile game, it is also expected that there will be touch-based, quick events in combat.


Playable characters on SAO Variant Showdown

While the complete roster of characters is yet to be determined, the trailer released for this game provided a hint of the following characters available:

  • Kirigaya Kazuto (Kirito)
  • Ayano Keiko (Silica)
  • Yuuki Asuna
  • Asada Shino (Sinon)
  • Kirigaya Suguha (Leafa)
  • Alice Zuberg

Sword Art Online Variant Showdown Release Date

The game is set to release sometime this year 2022 on the mobile platform. It also celebrates the tenth anniversary since the anime was first released.

There is no exact date of its release yet, but the developers said that they will announce more information—including the pre-registration date—on the game’s official Facebook page.

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