Bandai Namco has released new information and footage for Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris detailing the post-launch update plan, new characters, Sacred Arts, and more.
Get the details below.
Renly Synthesis Twenty-Seven (voiced by Mutsumi Tamura)
An Integrity Knight that wields the Divine Object “Twin Edged Wings,” a pair of twin-edged throwing knives. As an extraordinarily gifted swordsman, he was recruited to the Integrity Knights at an exceptionally young age, but was unable to use his “Armament Full Control Art.” Because of this, he was marked as a failure and forced into cryostasis for five years.
Scheta Synthesis Twelve (voiced by Lynn)
An Integrity Knight known by the nickname “The Silent” due to her silence and lack of emotion. Even Bercouli Synthesis One fears her as a fierce swordsman. She was given the “Black Lily Sword,” a Divine Object that can cut through anything, by the Administrator.
Hathilian (voiced by Jun Fukuyama)
A man with a deep connection to the Axiom Church. He refers to Medina as the “Savior” who has the power to revive the Administrator, the highest minister of the Axiom Church. His goal is to…
The resurrection of the Administrator, the highest minister of the Axiom Church…
A man who calls himself Hathilian calls the surprised Medina by the name “Savior,” and says “she alone” has the power to revive the highest minister.
Kirito and company’s words do not reach the girl, who lives to clear the name of the Orthinanos family—.
Norlangarth North Empire Fourth Empress Kayode Norlangarth
The Empress who governs the North Empire. A strongly dignified woman, she gives off an overwhelming aura unwelcoming to others. She dotes over a child that she carries in her arms, but she herself has a secret.
A race that fights to survive. And to prove their strength and reason for being. Why do they seek strength? The titans will stand before Kirito and company without any answers.
A knight that wears heavy armor and slowly strides. Is this knight a ghost of the past? Or an invader from the Dark Territory? The knight’s identity is currently a mystery.
■ Sacred Arts
There are eight types of Sacred Arts: “Thermal,” “Aerial,” “Aqueous,” “Cryogenic,” “Metallic,” “Crystalline,” “Luminous,” and “Umbral.” Unlike other skills, Sacred Arts can be used without spending SP. As you increase each element’s level, you will unlock higher-class arts.
Thermal and Cryogenic
Thermal arts specialize in long-distance attacks. Some techniques will deal continuous damage to the enemy.
Cryogenic arts specialize in attacking the enemies in front of or in the area around you. There are also techniques that temporarily freeze enemies in their tracks.
Aqueous and Aerial
In addition to attack-type techniques, Aqueous arts include buff-type techniques that reduce damage intake. There are also techniques that blow back enemies, which are good to use in battles against hordes.
Aerial arts also include buff-type techniques. By using a wind barrier, you can protect the entire party from the enemy’s attack.
Metallic and Crystalline
Metallic arts are buff-type techniques that strengthen the user’s body. They can also be used to generate rocks, creating obstacles for the enemy or footholds for your party.
Crystalline arts specialize in attacks, including counter techniques that reflect enemy attacks and attack techniques that follow the enemy.
Luminous and Umbral
Luminous arts are support-type techniques that include recovering the HP of party members, as well as debuff-type techniques that lower the enemy’s accuracy rate.
Umbral arts are debuff-type techniques weakens the enemy or obstructs their actions. Some techniques can inflict the confusion status ailment.
■ New Weapon: Twin Edged Wings
The weapon only used by Renly in the original work and anime. It is exclusive to Renly in the game as well. It specializes in long-distance attacks.
■ Communication and Dates
You can also hit the town on dates with your party members, hold each other’s hands, and even carry them around while walking.
■ Post-Launch Update Plan
Post-launch support for Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris will consist of both free and paid content, including:
- Free Content
- Monthly Raids: “Ancient Apostle”
- Daily Quests
- New Systems
- Paid Downloadable Content
- Premium Pass
The four major contents of the update plan are daily quests, CUBEs, raid quests, paid downloadable content, and reward content.
Daily Quests are new quests that will update everyday.
Example quests include:
- Defeat 10 enemies.
- Gather five material items.
- Activate Sword Skills 10 times.
- Perform three Link Attacks with Eugeo.
Quests contents have a range of difficulties, ranging from several minutes to several hours to clear. By clearing daily quests, you can obtain item rewards and CUBE tickets.
CUBEs allow you to obtain various items, including costumes, weapon skins, accessories, consumable items, and emotes. The items that CUBEs contain are random. Items such as costumes and weapon skins do not affect their actual performance.
Items obtained by CUBEs can be obtained by using CUBE tickets, as well as by spending the in-game currency known as SAOCoins.
SAOCoins cannot be used to purchase CUBE tickets—they can only be used to choose and purchase the items that a CUBE would contain.
SAOCoins have been implemented so that users who purchase the game a few months after release, or users who are unable to play everyday can save time.
SAOCoins are in-game currency that can be used to purchase various items. They will be available for purchase in the following packages:
- 100 SAOCoins (100 yen)
- 600 SAOCoins (500 yen)
- 1,500 SAOCoins (1,000 yen)
- 2,100 SAOCoins (1,500 yen)
SAOCoins can be spent at the SAOShop to purchase specific items normally obtained by CUBEs.
CUBEs and SAOCoins
For users who play everyday, CUBE tickets can be obtained by clearing Daily Quests. The items that a CUBE contains are random.
For users who prefer to save time, items normally obtained by CUBEs can be purchased with SAOCoins, with prices ranging from 400 to 1,000 SAOCoins.
Early Purchase Bonus Update
In addition to the previously announced early purchase bonuses (the original costume designs by users from Asia, Europe, North America, and Japan), users will also receive 200 SAOCoins.
“Ancient Apostle” is a series of free raid quests that will be implemented via updates.
In addition to character scenarios (voice-overs included), new bosses will be added, balance adjustments will be made, and more. The new bosses can be challenged solo offline, or online with other users.
The Premium Pass will include new scenarios, including two parts.
The volume of the main for the two parts is about 200,000 kanji characters. This does not include sub-episodes and the like, and is about half the scenario volume of the main story.
Other new content will also be included with the Premium Pass.
The Deluxe Edition includes Premium Pass pre-loading. More details will be announced at a later date.
Beater’s Cafe members will receive the “Beater’s Cafe Original Costume” as a free gift. For details, please check the Beater’s Cafe official website.
Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on May 21 in Japan, and May 22 in the Americas and Europe.
Watch the trailer and gameplay below.
Story & Game Trailer #2
(From 12:00 to 19:45 and 21:45 to 31:25.)
Update 03/23/20 at 11:05 a.m.: Added English trailer.