Today Bandai Namco Entertainment released a large batch of screenshots of its upcoming third-person shooter/JRPG hybrid Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet.
The assets focus mostly on ArFA-Sys, a Type-X humanoid Android that was on board of a crashes spaceship named SBC Flugel. It’s equipped with advanced AI and extremely rare, able to perform various support roles.
Since it cannot be more powerful than its masters (like most MMORPG pets), and the player is a newbie, initially ArFA-Sys is nearly useless, but as the main hero progresses, it can become very powerful. Its appearance and gender can be customized by the player.
Interestingly, the main story includes a quest that cannot be completed without ArFA-Sys, and that will force the hero and his AI companion to make a certain “choice.”
In the gallery at the bottom of the post, you can see ways in which ArFA-Sys can be customized. It will automatically deposit earnings in the fund management system, and can even increase them by investing. You can set the percentages of money that will be stored and invested.
You can also select the android’s behavior in battle, for instance focusing on combat or healing. Other elements that can be customized are the color of clothes and emotional response settings.
We also get to see a few weapons, including submachine guns, gatlings, and grenade launchers. A few skills showcased are Quick Shot, Gunsting, and Horizontal Slash for attack. Shield Matrix and Healing Area for support, and Blaze, Poison Gas Bomb and Gravitational Field for debuffs.
Gadgets include frag grenades, smoke grenades, and emergency treatment kits.
You can enjoy the screenshots below. If you want to see more, you can check out a previous gallery, a trailer in Japanese showcasing the multiplayer features, a recent trailer in English, another batch of screenshots featuring characters, another trailer and character creation gameplay, one more trailer showing the custom hero and some more new members of the cast. On top of that, you should also watch some PS4 gameplay that yours truly recorded in Tokyo.
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet will release on February 23rd in both North America and Europe, for PS4, Xbox One and PC. This is just two weeks after the Japanese launch date on February 8th.