Sword Art Online and .Hack Collaboration Announced

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It’s finally happening – Bandai Namco has announced a collaboration for easily the two biggest virtual MMORPG properties known: Sword Art Online and .Hack.

The collaboration will happen on two fronts: on Bandai Namco and .Hack developer CyberConnect2’s spiritual successor to the series, New World, and in Bandai Namco’s smartphone game, Sword Art Online: Code Register.

In Code Register, you get Haseo, Black Rose, and Tri-Edge costumes for various Sword Art Online characters. In New World, you’ll get Kirito and Asuna costumes, as well as a Fairy Yui bonus, when you log in.

Here are some screenshots of the various costumes:

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You can watch the teaser trailer and commercial for the New World and Sword Art Online: Code Register collaboration below:



The collaboration is available now on both titles, and will run until March 28th.

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  1. Immahnoob
    March 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

    This’ll be a blast!

    That’s because both sides will be so darn angry, hehehehehe… The fans don’t like each other.

  2. MeteorD
    March 13, 2016 at 11:18 am

    If this is what it takes to un-kill .hack then fine. Still mad about it being an iOS game though.

  3. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    March 13, 2016 at 11:27 am

    One is mediocre and is popular and the other was popular and is niche while being pretty good.

    Makes sense that they hate each other.

  4. BurgerUnit
    March 13, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I would love a legit new .hack game on Vita or PS4 or even a HD remaster of .hack GU at this point… (the .hack infection series would probably be a little ghetto by today’s standards but I’d play that too).

  5. Siveon
    March 13, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    What happens when you un-kill something? You get zombies.

    I don’t want zombie .hack. :(

  6. Siveon
    March 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Damn, I haven’t heard anyone call something “ghetto” since my middle school days in the Bronx. But I would kill for .hack HD on my Vita, honestly.

  7. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    March 13, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I know people trash SAO, but I thought it was decent. Also, Asuna in Blackrose’s outfit? Yes please.

  8. Trepie
    March 13, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Are there even any .hack// fans left? They don’t do anything with the IP anymore besides shitty phone games. I gave up on that franchise loooooooong ago.

  9. Trepie
    March 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I would rather they just put down .hack// once and for all rather than do these shitty phone games with it.

  10. Feniks
    March 13, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    This is heresy. Hack/Sign was an anime completely different from SaO.

  11. Tyrannikos
    March 13, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    .hack fans have no reason to like sub-humans anyways.

  12. Krimhelm
    March 13, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Quick reminder that Dot Hack was announced and in production before the original Sword Art was being written and put online. It just so happens that the original Sword Art got published before Dot Hack officially launched.

    Also, gg mobile. Making “fans” of both series cry.

  13. No_Good_Names_Ever
    March 13, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    There will always be fans, they just go dormant.

  14. No_Good_Names_Ever
    March 13, 2016 at 2:22 pm


  15. dogmentation
    March 13, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I am honestly surprised this didn’t happen sooner. We actually got a crossover between Archie and Predator before anyone thought to combine two anime/game franchises, both about a VR MMO that traps people inside.

  16. Daryl Corey
    Daryl Corey
    March 13, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    It wasn’t the greatest anime ever but it was fun and enjoyable and the games are decent and harmless little cash ins that are fun for what they are in regards to SAO

  17. Maxwell Mineur
    Maxwell Mineur
    March 13, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    What a waste of effort.

  18. SethFord
    March 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    I for one still play .hack on my PS2 both the .hack infection and .hack GU game lines. I tried playing a playstation vita sao game and it was mediocre at best. Love asuna in black rose outfit but i would of prefered to see haseo in kiritos outfit.

  19. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    March 13, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I mean If they did an MMO like SAO’s first MMO, I’d totally play it. It would be neat to see an MMO where people get locked into servers with like a certain number of other people and then you fight your ways through the floors like in the anime. If you die, you lose your character and then have to restart.

  20. Malcolm_Ecks
    March 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I know right? For example its good.

  21. Feniks
    March 13, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Am I a fan? I just remember the anime show and it was good.

    I understand that the anime industry has changed though. It is less about plot nowadays than fanservice.

    Hack/Sign told a touching story. It wasn’t about action scenes and romance and hot girls.

  22. Truck
    March 13, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Comedy gold

  23. dsadsada
    March 13, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    That feel when you don’t like SAO but love .hack.

    It gets a feeling so complicated.

  24. vileBrenman
    March 13, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Finally now Kite can freakin murder those SAO babies

  25. vileBrenman
    March 13, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    But now kite and pals can beat up those sao wimps

  26. mintiel
    March 13, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    I like how in the image w/ Kite & Kirito, Kite actually looks pretty good because he has vibrant colors and then there’s just Kirito looking the same as always. Nothing special. (Then again, that’s my sentiments on SAO in general. Had so much potential, and they dumped it all down the drain.)

    At least Asuna looks okay in the Black Rose costume but can’t say the same for Kirito as Haseo, he just looks odd.

    And I agree, please bamco, even if it’s the same old shit, please just do an HD collection for the original 4 games & G.U. series.

  27. Shinobu
    March 14, 2016 at 12:35 am

    .hack > SAO

  28. Kyrios Biohazard
    Kyrios Biohazard
    March 14, 2016 at 1:42 am

    I vote yas

  29. tccboss
    March 14, 2016 at 1:56 am

    I have that conflicted feeling too.

  30. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    March 14, 2016 at 3:32 am


  31. John Smith.
    John Smith.
    March 14, 2016 at 3:38 am

    That feeling you get when you remember thst only the original four .hack games were published here.

  32. dsadsada
    March 14, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Zombies you say?

  33. NuclearCherries
    March 14, 2016 at 6:27 am

    God is dead.

  34. tenshi_a
    March 14, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Well it ought to have the best Yuki Kajiura soundtrack…..

    …not saying it will, just that it ought to….

  35. Nonscpo
    March 14, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Smartphone Game?

  36. Tubsiwub
    March 14, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Phone games? Wtf, no…

  37. FailDRE86
    March 15, 2016 at 1:37 am

    It seems .Hack has fallen so far that it needs to hop on the SAO train to stay relevant.

  38. TheDoge
    March 15, 2016 at 7:37 am

    it’s like saying you are straight yet dat trap makes you hard and doesn’t look like a dude at all right?

  39. dsadsada
    March 15, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Maybe, though that analogy doesn’t work for me since I’ve already beaten it off to anime traps.

  40. TheDoge
    March 15, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    i respect you, you have no idea how much i do.

  41. Rawindra
    March 16, 2016 at 4:14 am

    If only SAO was in Project X Zone 2. Sometimes i wish PxZ3 will be announced in some year or month to add other Nintendo franchises, Marvel, Tecmo Koei + also available in Wii U, NX

    Black Rose’s artwork from PxZ is reused for SAO

  42. Afi Lubis
    Afi Lubis
    March 16, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Maybe we should tell Katsuhiro Harada to make his wish come true: Making an all-fighting stars crossover.

    First season should cover MarvelxDCUxDengekixJump, we have Civil Wars and Dawn of Justice while JoJo fans were still ORAORA-ing SAO fans.

  43. Leonus Ginga
    Leonus Ginga
    September 27, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Kirito look like a wimp in Haseo’s Costume.
    Haseo look much more sexy in dat outfit.

  44. Arsène Lupin the 3rd
    Arsène Lupin the 3rd
    February 1, 2018 at 3:48 am


    stupid app games….