Bandai Namco just announced Sword Art Online Variant Showdown.
Sword Art Online Variant Showdown is a new free-to-play game coming to mobile devices in 2022 with a worldwide simultaneous release. The game’s launch coincides with the tenth anniversary of the anime series Sword Art Online. Players and viewers of the anime alike will be happy to see the familiar face of Kirito and how his story continues.
Here are some more details about the game’s story from Bandai Namco:
Cross Edge. A game supposedly designed by a middle school genius. It’s a title Kirito has heard before. One day, two rumors about the game come to his attention. The first: There’s a mysterious player who attacks out of nowhere. Losing to them means losing a portion of your own memories. The second: This player goes around wearing a hood pulled low to hide their eyes… Kirito can’t help but recall Laughing Coffin, the player-killer guild he faced in SAO. In part to investigate these rumors, Kirito and his friends begin playing Cross Edge, and are soon targeted in a surprise attack.