Bandai Namco has released new information and screenshots of Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet introducing the game’s genre of “third-person shooter RPG,” some weapons and actions, setting of Gun Gale Online, and characters Kirito and Sinon.
Get the details below.
■ Teaser Visual
Kirito and Sinon stand in a ruined desert. What is it they are looking at? What are they after? And what battles await them?
In the anime, as well as in the “Phantom Bullet” chapter of the light novel, a fierce battle unfolded against Death Gun, who participated in the “Ballet of Bullets,” but in Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, sure enough…
Sinon’s sniper rifle, a giant space ship, and more are new elements unique to the game that have already been confirmed in the teaser trailer.
As for how these elements will effect the story, please look forward to hearing more information in the future.
■ What is a third-person shooter RPG?
The battle system of Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is the third-person shooting battle system that appeared in “Gun Gale Online.” The “Gun Gale Online” of the original work is a shooting game as well as an MMORPG full of people, where the players develop their own characters, fight alongside other players, and occasionally battle each other while aiming to become the strongest.
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is an RPG in the sense that players will develop and customize their own character, experience a deep story that revolves around the player, and strengthen their relationships with other characters.
Furthermore, the game also has the enjoyments of a third-person shooter in that they can battle against other users online and take on co-op missions.
■ Third-Person Shooter Combat
Players can choose their own battle style from a variety of weapon types. Today, we will look at just a few of the game’s large number of weapon types.
The existence of elements such as wire actions and acrobatic skills make for a high-action battle system.
—Shooting while evading
—Shooting while sliding
■ The World
“Gun Gale Online,” a World of Guns and Steel
The setting of Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is “Gun Gale Online.” It takes place on an earth where civilization was destroyed in a great war long ago, where people who boarded immigration space ships returned to live. In a world ruled by guns and steel, players use excavated and reproduced guns, and aim to become the strongest gunner. Since PK’ing (player killing) is possible, you must aim for victory not only against monsters, but against other players.
A prosperous city around the once immigrant space ship, and a base for gunners.
The remains of a lost city in the world to come, dotted with ground level and underground areas. Mechanical weapons that protect the former city and wild creatures attack players aiming for the relics of lost technology that were left behind.
Island Covered in Desert
A desert area in the vicinity of SBC Glocken. Based on the rusted ruins of a ship, it is imagined that this place was once a naturally rich coastline. Now, it has become a deserted and desolate land where strange creatures formed as a result of gene manipulation roam about.
A ruined city that was once thriving with people, now where buildings stand in silence. There are many goods tossed aside on the road, which can be used as obstacles in gun fights. A huge dome-like building can be seen in the distance.
Kirito (voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka)
A survivor of the “Sword Art Online” that became a death game, known as the “Black Swordsman.” Originally, he took on the appearance of a fragile, feminine-looking boy, but in “Gun Gale Online,” he uses an avatar with an even greater air of femininity.
As a swordsman in the gun world of “Gun Gale Online,” he uses the “Photon Sword” light sword as his main weapon. He has great skill when it comes to virtual reality MMO battles, to the point where he can hack away the bullets flying at him with sword skills.
Sinon (voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro)
A girl who, after a certain something triggered it all, participated in “Sword Art Online” midway in, and survived the death game together with Kirito and company.
She is strongly self-reliant and mature compared to everyone else of her generation, and says a lot of things that give off the impression of a level-headed mind. As one of the best snipers in “Gun Gale Online,” she uses her high-powered anti-material rifle as a weapon to aim at the enemy.
Asuna and More…!?
Asuna and Leafa are seen fighting with Kirito and Sinon. In the anime, these character never dove into the world of “Gun Gale Online,” so in what way will they appear in the game? Please look forward to hearing more information in the future.
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is due out worldwide in early 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
View the screenshots at the gallery.