Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Will Launch in May 2020 (Updated)

The release date of Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris was revealed via a new trailer.

December 6, 2019

Bandai Namco announced the release date for Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris. The newest SAO game adaptation will be launching worldwide on May 22, 2020, on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Japan will get the day one day earlier, on May 21. A new trailer was published to reveal the date. For now, only the Bandai Namco Latinoamerica version of the trailer is available.

Alicization Lycoris is the first console SAO game adapting part of the Alicization arc, which is the longest arc in the Sword Art Online novels. Alicazation Lycoris will be covering the story from volume 9, Alicization Beginning, to volume 14, Alicization Uniting. If you’re more of an anime person and have no idea what I’m talking about, this basically means the game will cover the first Alicization anime. However, it’ll also have some new story elements: Asuna joins Underworld earlier in the story, and there’s an original female character called Medina, following the same pattern they’ve been doing with all the SAO games.


That’s all the important stuff, you can find the trailer below.

Personally speaking, the Alicization arc is my least favorite part of SAO, and I believe Reki Kawahara should have made another novel altogether with it and end SAO with Mother’s Rosario. Alicization Lycoris looks pretty interesting from what we’ve seen of it so far, though it’s also obvious the game is far from being complete. I was actually expecting Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris to have a late 2020 release date. May 2020 is pretty soon in my book.

Anyway, If you like Sword Art Online, I suggest reading SAO Progressive, which is a remake with Kirito and Asuna living through Aincrad and the whole SAO incident together from the beginning. It’s pretty well written and shows how much Reki Kawahara improved over the decades. While it’s been rewritten with the light novel publication started in 2009, SAO’s global story was first written by Kawahara nearly 20 years ago now in a web novel version that ran from 2001 to 2008. I also recommend Accel World, Kawahara’s other novel which is unjustly nearly not as popular as SAO. Accel World is really awesome from what I’ve read of it.

As a side note, Project Sakura Wars has part of its main character designed by Abec/Bunbun, the original character designer of Sword Art Online. You can read more about the game here, here, and here.

The second season of the Alicization anime, Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, is currently airing and can be watched legally on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and FunimationNow.

Update: The trailer was now removed, it was published too early by mistake by Bandai Namco Latinoamerica. As for the Japanese date, it was mistakenly revealed early through a video in the SAO Memory Defrag mobile game. Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris’ release date will probably be shown through a new commercial during the next episode of War of Underworld airing this Saturday. The trailer should be officially released during the SAO games stream this Sunday, December 8th. In the meantime, you can find a reupload of the trailer below.

Update 2; As expected, a commercial was published after the latest War of Underworld episode, officially revealing the Japanese release date. The trailer will be officially revealed on the Sunday 8th December stream. You can find the commercial below.

Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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