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SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris Announces Free Update Series “Ancient Apostles” & Major Expansion DLC” Blooming of Forget-me-not”

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. has just announced at Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online several upcoming game content updates for SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris, consisting of a series of free updates and a paid Major Expansion DLC to be released later for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC Digital via STEAM. A new teaser trailer featuring a preview of the first free update has also been released today.

Additional Story Free Update – “Ancient Apostles” Series Coming in 2020!

Each additional story in the “Ancient Apostles” series will focus on one of the characters from SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris, along with additional bosses and items added in each one of them. Starting with “Additional Story Update #1 Sinon: The Reaper of the Woods”, with script written by Kana Akatsuki, author of “Violet Evergarden,” enjoy the original stories of the characters untold in the main story and revealed in several batches. Do look forward to more additional scenarios planned for future updates as well!

Additional Story #1 Sinon: The Reaper of the Woods
Script writer: Kana Akatsuki (Violet Evergarden)

The legend of a forbidden love between a maiden and the divine beast.

Long ago, a deathly divine beast resided in the lands. All who encountered it met their end at the hand of death’s infernal sickle. A beautiful maiden, the legendary Demonic Archer, was tasked with the deed. However, the Archer and the beast had fallen in love with each other. Their love, unbound by race, enraged the humans, and the couple was slaughtered. The forest was now free, but something in it changed after the beast’s death. It transformed into a deadly maze of trees that swallow up all who entered. Many reported that citizens near by the woods had been mysteriously injured. Kirito and Sinon approaches the woods to investigate…

Additional Story #2 Tiese: The Knight of Contradictions
Script writer: Gan Sunaaku (Ptolemy’s Singularity)

Additional Story #3 Selka: The Bruised King
Script writer: Matsuri Akaneya (Alice reloaded Hello, Mr. Magnum)

Additional Story #4 Silica: The Blue-Eyed Demon
Script writer: Matsuri Akaneya (Alice reloaded Hello, Mr. Magnum)

Paid Major Expansion DLC #1 – “Blooming of Forget-me-not”

The plot is written by Kana Akatsuki (“Violet Evergarden”) who also worked on the free update, and scenario by Matsuri Akaneya (“Alice reloaded Hello, Mr. Magnum”). A new story spun around a new field by these renown writers will add new elements to the main story, so do look forward to this episode.

Plot: Kana Akatsuki (Violet Evergarden)
Scenario: Matsuri Akaneya (Alice reloaded Hello Mr. Magnum)

After the battle with the Administrator, Kirito sees a dream where he loses Eugeo. This never actually happened, but from this dream, Kirito becomes worried that he might lose his close friends.

Kirito then decided to go on a journey…

New Additional Playable Characters – Game original heroines joins the journey!

Heroines from the past SAO games will be added as free additional playable characters – planned to come in 2021! In addition, the popular original heroine Eydis from the highly acclaimed mobile game SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Rising Steel will be joining the battle! New costumes and sub-episodes for each heroine are planned to be added, so stay tuned for more details.

*Character designs shown are from ‘SWORD ART ONLINE Fatal Bullet’ and ‘SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Rising Steel’, and do not represent the final character design of the free additional playable characters for SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris.

SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris is available now for the PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM™ in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines).

For more information on SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris, you may visit the following game official sites:
English: https://bandainamcoent.asia/game/sword-art-online-alicization-lycoris/
Japanese: https://al.sao-game.jp/


Title: SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris
Release Date: 10th July 2020
Genre: RPG
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam
No. of players: 1 (Offline) / 1 – 4 (Online)

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