The upcoming Sword Art Online game for PS4, Xbox One and PC Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is certainly taking a very peculiar route for a game of a series that has always been rooted in the JRPG genre.
It’s going to be a third-person shooter with RPG elements, and that’s unsurprising, considering that it’s set in the world of the fictional VRMMO-shooter Gun Gale Online.
That being said, the genre is certainly going to be a new experience for the SAO development team, and it’s natural to wonder whether they took inspiration from other games, especially from the west.
During a round-table interview at Bandai Namco’s headquarters in Shinagawa-Tokyo, Producer Yosuke Futami mentioned that developers did indeed reference games from the west while creating the game, bringing up Destiny, Tom Clancy’s The Division and the Fallout series.
JRPG fans shouldn’t worry, though, as Futami-san also explained that there will still be lots RPG elements in the game.
If you want to see more of Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, you can enjoythe latest trailer showing the custom hero and new members of the cast, on top of some PS4 gameplay that yours truly recorded in Tokyo.
The game will release in early 2018 for PS4, PC and Xbox One, and while a Switch version is not planned at the moment, it might be considered if there is a lot of demand from the fans.