Sword Art Online Alicization Rising Steel, Bandai Namco’s latest SAO installment, is now available for Android and iOS. Beating its originally set release date planned for December, the new RPG following the SAO anime Alicization ARC has arrived early, which is a rare occasion. It includes new content, of course, exclusive to the game and it is being marketed as a unique point of view on the story arc, retelling it and at the same time mixing several anime and novels into what has become an entirely new story.
The title promises to bring gameplay which mirrors the anime closely with some impressive on-screen effects obvious at first glance. The visual style of this title is as it seems one of its primary showcases, but the gameplay also attempts to immerse us into the original story and do the novels justice. The game certainly looks impressive and very ‘last-word’, while the gameplay brings familiar and new characters, signature and new skills, and more.
We need to master multiple skills attuned to different elements to produce effects suitable for the situation. Such are the intricacies of this title’s combat system, where you naturally take your party comprised of Sword Art Online characters. However, we are not limited to those from the Alicization story arc, as other characters from the novels and the series’ history also join the Rising Steel, like from Gun Gale Online and Alfheim Online. This makes this title the one with the widest reach as far as the story content goes.
There are numerous other exciting features for us to explore and play with, as the game is at its core a story-driven anime-style RPG filled with impressive cut scenes, rich dialogues between colorful characters, and an engaging combat gameplay. Sword Art Online Alicization Rising Steel Android on Google Play and iOS on the iTunes App Store are both available now, so let’s have some fun!