Today, during the celebratory livestream of the 10th anniversary of the Sword Art Online anime from AnimeJapan, Bandai Namco announced a new dedicated mobile game.
The game is titled Sword Art Online: Variant Showdown and it’s coming worldwide in 2022.
Together with the announcement, we get a trailer that both celebrates the anime’s history and teases the game, including characters and the inevitable involvement of Laughing Coffin.
Another trailer also teases what fans can expect from the franchise in 2022, including the new Sword Art Online Progressive movie coming this fall.
At the moment, we don’t have a specific release window for Sword Art Online: Variant Showdown, but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s announced.
If you’re unfamiliar with Sword Art Online, the popular franchise started with a light novel series by Reki Kawahara debuted in 2002.
It has since generated several anime TV series and movies, on top of a metric ton of games. The last released on console is Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris, released in 2020.