While the game is set in the Gun Gale Online arc, it will not adapt the story from the anime or visual novel and will instead have an original all-new story written by the series creator Reki Kawahara himself.
However, now we have some more concrete information regarding this mysterious new game which Bandai Namco has revealed to actually be Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet. Fatal Bullet will be a third-person shooter action coming early 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
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Bandai Namco also announced that this will be the first time a Sword Art Online game will be coming to the Xbox One and Steam, alongside the usual home of anime games, the PS4.
Both co-op and versus multiplayer are included, with battles against bosses or 4v4 matches between players. Based on the names, this is where the whole sword/gun action hybrid comes into play.
SWORD ART ONLINE: FATAL BULLET - Your Choice Is Heavier And Faster Than A Bullet. Play as the protagonist, fighting against opponents using new weapons whilst further customising gameplay, creating skills and abilities. Players will be able to dive right into the immersive landscape developed by Dimps, and enjoy robust environments and textures powered by Unreal Engine 4.