Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Announced for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

Following last week’s teaser trailer, Bandai Namco and Dimps have confirmed to Niche Gamer a brand new entry within the Sword Art Online franchise: Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet.

The new game is launching across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One sometime early next year, worldwide. Featured above, you can view the game’s debut teaser trailer.

Players will return to the online MMO shooter RPG based within the Gun Gale Online virtual reality MMORPG, which is featured prominently in the second season of the Sword Art Online TV anime.

Here are the game’s first screenshots:

Here’s a rundown on the game, via Bandai Namco:

Become the hero of Gun Gale Online in the latest game of the Sword Art Online franchise in Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. Step into the versatile landscapes and environments of Gun Gale Online. Experience an original story supervised by series creator Reki Kawahara that unfolds and changes based on the players’ choices and interaction. Play as the protagonist, battle against opponents using new weapons and further customize gameplay by creating skills and abilities. Interact with characters from the Sword Art Online original novels, anime and previous games as you navigate a world that is vastly personalized and visually enhanced. As an action based RPG, gun battle plays a large role unlike previous games, with unique and realistic designs resembling something out of a sci-fi movie and numerous other weapons and fighting styles to choose from. Stunning visuals also accompany this game thanks to the power of the Unreal Engine 4, which lends realism to the textures and materials, further immersing the player into the dynamic world. Full dive into Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet.

Key Features

  • Welcome to the World of Guns: Gun Gale Online from Sword Art Online II is visually enhanced, with many landscapes to discover in an all new original story supervised by series creator, Reki Kawahara.
  • Unreal Visuals: Get lost in a lifelike world developed by Dimps with realistic and robust environments and textures made possible by Unreal Engine 4.
  • Friend or Foe: Challenge tough bosses that require friends in co-op or play against them in 4-on- 4 battles.
  • Realistic and Heroic Gun Play: plenty of one-of-a-kind and beautifully Designed weapons to choose from and unique skills to create.
  • New to Xbox One and PC: Sword Art Online is playable on Xbox One and PC for the first time in the history of the popular gaming series.
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  • Cubanoman

    So we got Anime Gunz Online

    i see

  • Audie Bakerson

    Oh hey, SAO’s writer is only supervising. Maybe this won’t be total poo.

  • Sword Art Online games are the new Call of Duty.

  • EroBotan

    so we create our own character instead of playing as kirito or other official characters? that sounds good if true

  • Zack Attack

    Hopefully it would be having decent gameplay since dimps is involved. I may only care for the first half of the first season, but I may check this out if the gameplay is there.

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    And not even Call of Duty is released this fast.

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    As long as i can create my own Kiritrap, i’m ok with it

  • MusouTensei

    Well this looks pretty different from the other SOA games, I like it.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Will this be connected to the Hollow Fragment/Lost Song/Hollow Realization storyline? I thought they skipped over Gun Gale.

    I wonder if all the major characters will be playing it because only Sinon and Kirito played it in the anime/LN.

  • Malascus

    I’ve read that it’s in the gameverse and the MC’s are in it.

    Death gun got foreshadowed in sinon’s storyline if hollow realization/previous game.

  • Malascus
  • Malascus

    You play as the main cast, you can probably customise like in the previous game& for multiplayer

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Anyone elses first thought? I’m fucking sick of lightsabers; why couldn’t Disney have been major dicks and locked beam sabers in their vault?

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    More like “Call of Duty: The Mother Unit Strikes Back”

  • Cubanoman

    Playing with Kirito must be the closest thing we are going to get to a new Force Unleashed/Jedi Academy

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Cool. Thanks. On Lost Song now. I like how this timeline is going with all of them just moving from game to game. Was waiting for the rest of the Hollow Realization dlc to drop before playing it. Since they gave Sinon some non-gun weapons (Dagger/Bow), I can’t wait to see characters like Asuna using guns.

  • Mr. Greis

    Forced to play Kirito means no fucking buy.

    I like the world, but the main two characters are terrible. Let me create a character and have a better adventure on my own.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    But that’s the thing. It wouldn’t make sense to not play as Kirito considering how the story is. I mean, it will probably be a full customizable character, but story wise you will probably be Kirito.

  • Mr. Greis

    I really wish the creator would just relinquish his worlds to competent writers so we can have our own adventure.

    Hell, make it similar to PSO2 – with expansions each season or volume – and Bamco can beat Sega to the West.

  • Exien

    Pls god heavens no, this it not even close. the gameplay looks terrible. The gun part is not cut for a shooter game downright boring and the “sword” part does not fit in the world.

  • Alister

    Fucking finally!!😆 I need this in my life with a limited edition. And I also need them to prefect the combat system to make it bad ass because what I saw was good but not perfect. And when I use a snipper rifle I need to be abile to see through the scoope.

  • EroBotan

    cool! I hope the game has boobs slider, i want to make some big ones!!

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Yeah, I wouldn’t mind that, but with the VN element, you need to be playing Kirito. All the girls have close connections to Kirito. I could see it working more as an MMO.

  • Mr. Greis

    You don’t need to be playing Kirito for anything, especially as Konami handled their Yugioh stories just fine having you replace Jaden or Yusei.

    To be honest, I’d rather they create new characters. I’m not particularly attached to any of the main cast since all of their personalities pretty much sum up “KIRITO AMAZING”.

    Which is why I’d rather the creator relinquish control to more competent writers, because he clearly can’t write anything other than a Gary Stu and sycophants. Plus Kirito is his little pet self insert, so we’ll always be forced to play Kirito because of him.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    I’m talking about the interactions with the girls, it’s got to be Kirito. Plus most of the time, Kirito is silent and its written in a way so that he’s skilled because you are the player. They made him more into a self insert in these games.

  • Unreal Engine 4 brings another Japanese franchise to PC.

  • Mr. Greis

    And I’m saying we don’t need any of the main cast. Not as major characters or love interests, anyways.

    I’d much rather have new characters that don’t revolve around Kirito or the hypothetical new MC. Harem style like this makes me cringe, because I’ve watched the anime some and didn’t understand any of the hype or why these people revolve around Kirito. Only argument is Stockholm Syndrome of some sort. Doesn’t feel right or natural.

    Kirito reeks of wish fulfilment of not only the author, but he’s bland enough that anyone can insert into him. He’s a Japanese Bella Swan. Really there’s no reason NOT to have him replaced by custom characters.

  • A full customizable character would be great, just have him/her get constantly sidetracked/ignored like in Diablo 3 (as they’re ignored in cutscenes).

  • Mr. Greis

    Like how White Knight Chronicles handled it. Create a guy, they love you as a friend in the prologue then forget about you despite that you’re the tiny person fighting amongst giants.

    Also you’re in the cutscenes sometimes.


    I love that engine along with Cryengine and Unity,Final Fantasy VII Remake e Kingdom Hearts 3,Dragon Quest XI use Unreal Engine 4 so they may be come to PC too.

  • blacksun

    Bad joke. Disney doesn’t need to shit up more things for everyone else.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Yeah, if they just used the world and your character wasn’t close to the main characters, maybe interacted with them every once in a while, I could see that work.

  • sanic

    Cool I’ll give it a whirl.

  • Malascus

    Hang in there! Lost song is the worst game imo.

    It takes a long time before you reach the dlc part of hollow realization, but the game gives you an option to levelboost, give you a runover of the main story and let you start the dlc.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    It could make sense because its an original story. Kirito is the most loathed Anime protag since early Naruto.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Wait, so Kirito became a trap or something?

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    That’s an over exaggeration.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    I know it was in 3 parts. Have all of them been released?

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Not really. People really either love or hate SWO. And there’s a fair bit more hate. The mediocre games don’t help.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    Based off the worst arc.

  • EH7

    I think they could’ve more with U4.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    I’m serious though; I want some other god damn weapon than a not-lightsaber.

  • Eldhin Hellknight
  • Malascus

    Nope, dlc 2 just came out for us, 21th of july.
    It released in japan on may 27

    The third dlc released june 29 in japan so it should come here in a month or two i’d guess.

  • Yep, that definitely works.

  • Kapta Rings

    Fnally ggo for Xbox yes yes