Bandai Namco announced a collaboration between Tales of Arise and Sword Art Online, set to bring a new boss fight and much more to the acclaimed JRPG. Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris is also set to receive new cosmetics for both Kirito and Asuna.
Sword Art Online is considered one of the most successful franchises in the world, having already received many anime adaptations, a few movies, and various video-game adaptations, with Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris, released in July 2020, being the fourth title based on it to hit the market.
In Tales of Arise, players will be able to take part in the collaboration by buying the game’s upcoming ”Sword Art Online Collaboration Pack”, which will bring a few new features such as a new boss fight where players will be able to test their skills and might against both Kirito and Asuna. The collab will also allow players to get Kirito’s characteristic double swords for Alphen as well as new Sword Art Online-themed costumes for Alphen, Shionne, and Law. Those that buy the pack will also be able to unlock a new and exclusive Mystic Arte between Alphen, Kirito, and Asuna. You can watch the trailer of the crossover between Tales of Arise and Sword Art Online below, courtesy of Bandai Namco’s official YouTube channel:
Tales of Arise was released on September 9. 2021 and since then the title has become one of the most acclaimed JRPGs in recent memory, as well as a breath of fresh air in the franchise and to the genre in general. On it, we follow the journey of Alphen, a man with no memories of his past and immune to pain, and Shionne, a girl whose touch courses nothing but, as they travel in their quest to free the world of Dahna from the clutches of its twin planet Rena, also known as the planet in the sky. You can check out our review for Tales of Arise here.
As we said above, Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris will also feature the arrival of Tales of Arise-themed items, as the title will receive 2 new costumes, Alphen’s Sincleaver Armor and Shionne’s Noble Scarlet for Kirito and Asuna respectively. For those that play Tales of Arise with its original Japanese audio, the collaboration may feature an interaction between Kirito and Law, both of which are voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka. Matsuoka is also the one responsible for voicing Xiao on Genshin Impact.
Tales of Arise‘s Sword Art Online crossover will be released on October 7th. You can play Tales of Arise right now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.