Move over, Kirito.
Unlike past Sword Art Online games, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet takes place in the Gun Gale Online game and features a custom character as the protagonist.
Kirito, Asuna, Sinon, and other characters for the original series are still involved in Fatal Bullet, but for the most part, Fatal Bullet’s original story (supervised by series creator Reki Kawahara) is about your custom protagonist and three other new characters. Previous SAO games have had custom characters, but the story was still about Kirito. Bandai Namco emphasized that player choice is the main theme of the game.
Since Fatal Bullet is set in SAO’s gun world, it features a blend of third-person shooter and RPG gameplay. Fatal Bullet producer Yosuke Futami said that when developing the gameplay, the team referenced games like The Division and Destiny.
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is out in early 2018 for Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. For news, previews, and more from Tokyo Game Show, visit IGN’s TGS 2017 event hub.
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