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New Sword Art Online mobile game invites you to unravel a mystery

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the anime, Bandai Namco brings 3D combat action to mobile phones in Sword Art Online Variant Showdown’s launch

Sword Art Online Variant Showdown launch: an anime character superimposed on a blurred background with a tiny dragon next to her. The dragon is about the size of her arm, blue, and has a long tail. She has brown hair in pigtails, hazel eyes, and a red and white ornate dress on. She is holding a dagger in her right hand.

Sword Art Online Variant Showdown is a new 3D action game from Bandai Namco, bringing characters from the famous series into the in-game VR title Cross Edge. As they jump into the game, they are ambushed, launching you into battles.

With ability cards, a three-character party, and an interesting battle system, Sword Art Online Variant Showdown’s release date lets you play with and customise famous characters like Kirito and Asuna, celebrating ten years of the SAO anime.

Thanks to over one million people pre-registering for the game, there are also numerous in-game rewards you can pick up at launch, like different characters and unlocking materials. You can check out the full list of rewards below, or check out some of our favourite Sword Art Online games if you fancy playing something different.

Sword Art Online Variant Showdown launch bonuses

Below, you can check out the Sword Art Online Variant Showdown launch trailer, as well as some bonuses available thanks to the pre-registration campaign. The rewards will either be given as login bonuses or regular gifts.

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Gift items:

  • SSR [Will to Fight] Asuna
  • [Will to Fight] Evolution Crystal
  • [The Flash’s Will] SSR Ability Card
  • 10x Scout Ticket (Guaranteed SSR)

That’s all we’ve got for Sword Art Online Variant Showdown’s launch. For something similar, check out our guide to the best anime games on Switch and mobile.