Originally scheduled to release on May 22, Bandai Namco has just announced that Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris’ release date has been delayed. The new SAO game will instead release on July 10, 2020. The game’s delay is due to the ongoing crisis that is gripping the world.

“We have been working hard on Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris for our fans who are looking forward to the next Sword Art Online title,” said Yosuke Futami, the executive producer for Sword Art Online game titles. “Due to the ongoing world events, we have made the difficult decision to move the release date of Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris to 10th July 2020. We believe that this is the best way to ensure that Sword Art Online fans are delivered the best Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris experience.”

Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris is an upcoming action role-playing game in the ever-popular SAO franchise. The game is described by Bandai Namco as:

Based on the season 3 of the anime adaptation, the franchises biggest story arc, SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris features a stirring story faithful to the original anime, supervised by the renowned author Reki Kawahara. SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris embrace the medieval-fantasy world of the Alicization arc – where players are able to wield great swords, meet knights and come face-to-face with mythical creatures.

Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris releases on July 10, 2020 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

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