After the final episode of the Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld anime series, the new anime series titled Sword Art Online: Progressive was announced. This new SAO anime is based on the light novel series of the same name written by series creator Reki Kawahara.
The announcement came via a short teaser trailer for the series which you can watch here:
In case you’re unfamiliar with SAO: Progressive, the six-part light novel series is a retelling and soft reboot of the original Sword Art Online’s Aincrad arc.
The first novel in the series is described by Yen Press as:
“There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…”
One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.
Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?
Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!
Right now, there’s no word yet on when the SAO: Progressive anime will release. More info on the anime series will be announced in the future.