Accel World Vs. Sword Art Online was always going to be a weird one, but the launch trailer may have hit new heights on the scale of absolutely ridiculous. I don't know if its the oddly glitchy pink text, the weirdly calm background music, or the combination of SAO characters which just shouldn't exist together by internal logic. For all that game franchise mashups are something we are infinitely used to, especially in the fighter genre, this one just completely throws me — and the launch trailer isn't helping.
This particular mashup brings Sword Art Online's Svart Alfheim and the Accelerated World together. In the midst of the chaos of both worlds merging, Yui has gone missing. Join Kirito and over 30 playable characters as they challenge the Seven Kings of Pure Color from the Accelerated World to gain access to Yui's location. Players from both groups come together in a war of the world's where the strongest Burst Linkers and ALO Players are on a mission to save Yui from the hands of Persona Vabel, a mysterious figure who lives a thousand years in the future.
Or if you want to put it in even more confusing terms, you have the trailer story description which reads, in full:
Accel World VS Sword Art Online is finally here! Jump into the deteriorated world of Alfheim Online to save your friend from the clutches of Persona Vabel! Combine the different fighting styles of over 30 fan-favorite anime characters to defeat your opponents. Plus, challenge your friends in epic multiplayer 4 vs 4 battles, or join forces in 16 player raid missions!
The game combines two of Reki Kawahara's celebrated franchises and features a large roster of characters from the anime and award winning series enabling fans to build out a three-person dream team with their favorite characters and utilize their special abilities in battle from both Accel World and Sword Art Online because game balance means nothing. Players will also be able to team-up with three other friends to battle rivals in fierce online multiplayer modes. Additionally, through the use of a new Switch System built in to Accel World Vs. Sword Art Online, players can switch quickly between different characters, enabling them to chain together long combos without stopping the action on screen.
Fans of the saga can also take advantage of two exclusive contents for those who are part of the Bandai Namco Entertainment Loyalty Program:
- Discover the beginning of the story with the exclusive Digital manga and find out what comes next with the official videogame
- SAO Ordinal Scale Pack that features Kirito and Asuna Ordinal Scale Costumes and a second Playable Character: Yuna, which is available from today until August 7th in limited quantities for free
To get both these packs, players must connect to Bandai Namco's site and subscribe to the loyalty program and request the code that you will receive by mail.
The official, bizarre launch trailer is below.