IBM announces Sword Art Online VR game

Prepare to enter the world of Sword Art Online, just be sure you don't end up trapped inside.


The world of Sword Art Online is about to enter the world of virtual reality, which may seem redundant if you know the story of the popular series. But today, IBM Japan has announced a virtual reality project that will attempt to realize the world of the series, called Sword Art Online: The Beginning.

Sword Art Online: The Beginning is expected to ditch the need of using a controller as the player will be able to interact with the game by moving their body.

The project will use a next-generation computing system called the “Cognitive System”, which will be used to support human-based decision making while in the game. IBM’s “SoftLayer” high performance cloud system will produce the ambiance of a real world, or at least a real world based on Sword Art Online.

IBM is currently taking applications for a prototype alpha test that will be held between March 18 and March 20 in Tokyo. The company will only be accepting applications until March 4 with a total of 208 applicants expected to be accepted.

Let's just hope IBM isn't being lead by an evil genius bent on trapping these 208 people within the world of Sword Art Online. That sure would be ironic.

[Via Gamatsu]

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    February 22, 2016 6:53 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, IBM announces Sword Art Online VR game

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      February 22, 2016 8:58 AM

      Yeah, I'm not falling for that one, I've seen the pilot.

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      February 22, 2016 9:08 AM

      Nope, fuck that.

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      February 22, 2016 9:09 AM

      Could be good. Who knows at this point.

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      February 22, 2016 9:14 AM

      lol that's kind of hilarious

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        February 22, 2016 9:16 AM

        Also Daniel you should update that article to include the basic premise of the show which is that if you die in the game or someone tries to remove your VR piece you die in real life.

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          February 22, 2016 7:48 PM

          You just need to be a beater. Then, you'll get to cyber with some random girl

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      February 22, 2016 1:03 PM

      IBM? That's pretty random as far as game devs go.

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      February 22, 2016 3:42 PM

      Not sure why Daniel didn't mention it - and maybe IBM Japan didn't - but this is using IBM Watson. It's basically a test to see if Watson can handle game AI.

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      February 22, 2016 7:57 PM

      S U G O I ~

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      February 23, 2016 9:36 PM

      Well are Americans able to play this game this is my favorite anime and alot of people look up to kirito yea I do to but be yourself sometimes and it is always good to be in a good guild if you are a good person sometimes the least known guilds are the ones that have a better chance of surviving but it's good to pick the guild that is good for you I prefer to be good then bad

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