Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, the newest SAO themed game, is set for release February 23rd, 2018. It is developed by Dimps, a veteran studio mainly known for Sonic the Hedgehog and Dragon Ball Z game installments. SAO: Fatal Bullet will feature an original story created in collaboration with Reki Kawahara, the author of the original SAO light novels and manga. The gameplay is a new approach never seen before in an SAO game. The game has action role-playing character system and third-person shooter mechanics. Considering that Fatal Bullet is taking place in Gun Gale Online, the weapons themed MMO, it makes perfect sense to have some shooter action.

The character creation system explores an option that was not tackled before in a Sword Art Online game. Fatal Bullet will give players the chance to create a custom avatar that is not based on a character from the SAO universe. So no more blue-haired Kiritos or anything like that unless the user decides to, of course. Besides the visual appearance and gender, players will also be able to choose their character’s status or built. Fatal Bullet stays true to Gun Gale Online and allows players to customize stats like strength (STR), vitality (VIT), intelligence (INT), agility (AGI), dexterity (DEX), and luck (LUK). It was confirmed that the choice of stats will have an impact on play style and on how the character will interact with the game’s environment. Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet will feature an offline mode and multiplayer. Players will team up for boss fights in co-op challenges and play against each other in 4 vs. 4 matches. The game introduces two new characters, Zeliskam and Kureha. Popular characters like Leafa, Asuna, or Silica will also make an appearance wearing original Fatal Bullet costumes.

Pre-orders for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game editions have already begun. Players can choose between the Standard version or the Phantom edition. The special edition includes two figurines depicting Kirito and Sinon in their Fatal Bullet outfits. All those who pre-order receive a Kirito costume, an Asuna costume, and the Special Silver Assault Gun.