It’s been five years since Sword Art Online has put out a new season, but that will all change soon. A-1 Pictures has confirmed a third season is on the way, and fans can check out a teaser trailer for the comeback now.
As you can see above, Sword Art Online has released a teaser for its third season. The clip is a short one, but it is enough to get longtime fans hyped. The reel starts off with two strange men walking into a control room filled with computer equipment. The pair’s eldest is seen looking at the facility in confusion before two men are shown in front of a massive computer monitor. The screen appears to house an artificial world, and fans of the series can guess how that will go down.
The trailer was released earlier today as the Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival entered its last day in Tokyo. The event teased it would have big announcements for the gamer-friendly franchise, and it did not disappoint. A-1 Pictures confirmed Sword Art Online would be getting a third season - or series - that follows the story’s “Alicization” arc. A poster for the third season was also made public which shows characters like Kirito, Asuna, and a new lead called Alice. You can check out the poster below:
If you are not familiar with Sword Art Online’s upcoming arc, then you have a bit to read up on. The storyline is covering in volumes 9-18 of Kawahara’s light novel series. The story stars in June 2026 after Kirito is offered a job with a company called Rath. The hero is asked to work for the private firm to test out a new type of FullDive equipment known as the Soul Translator. However, as fans could expect, Kirito’s job wasn’t laid out fully before he took the gig.
As it turns out, Rath has no plans to make a new FullDive gaming console. Instead, the firm is working to make a new AI for military purposes. The company was able to copy a child’s soul into the machine, but Rath could not make its AI break laws or do anything humanistic. As such, they brought in Kirito to act as a human influence on the AIs until one finally broke their virtual world’s law. When Kirito was brought out of the machine, Rath blocked his memories of his time in Underworld, but Kirito learns there are plenty who’d like to shut him up permanently about his time spent with the AI named Alice.
Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale hits Blu-ray and DVD on December 19, 2017. It's available to pre-order now.