Yesterday DualShockers visited Bandai Namco Entertainment’s headquarters in Tokyo, and there we were able to record about thirteen minutes of gameplay of the upcoming third-person shooter and JRPG hybrid Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet.
For the first time the demo we were able to play didn’t put us at the controls of Kirito or another well known character of the Sword Art Online series, but instead we played a new custom protagonist, who won’t just be a hollow husk dedicated to multiplayer, but the actual hero (or heroine) of the single player story.
Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to actually customize the character ourselves, so what you’ll see is likely to be the default custom male hero.
Of course, this does not mean that Kirito, Asuna and the rest of the established party won’t appear in the game. They’re definitely there, and you’ll see them act as NPC in the videos below.
Two levels were available: one was a dungeon that required to clear two branches before fighting the boss, while the second was an area of wastelands.
You can check both videos out below, alongside some new screenshots directly from Bandai Namco showing two brand new female characters, the mysterious Zeliska, and the hero’s childhood friend Kureha.
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet will release worldwide for PS4, Xbox One and PC in early 2018.