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"Phantasy Star Online 2" online role-playing game collaborates with "Sword Art Online" for a collaboration event in Dec 2020
October 20, 2020 at 9:57 PM PHT (GMT +8)
The official Twitter of Sega's free-to-play online action role-playing game "Phantasy Star Online 2" has announced on Tuesday that the game will be having a collaboration event with Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online anime series this coming December 2020.
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In Photo: PS02 x SAO collaboration visual
The announcement reads: "["PSO2 STATION! +" Is on air!] Collaboration with "Sword Art Online" will be held in December 2020! In addition to avatars, weapon camouflage, and robiacs, Kirito and Asuna will appear in the "Oracle Fleet"! Stay tuned for more updates!"
The game in the Phantasy Star series developed and published by Sega is created as a successor to the Phantasy Star Online and Phantasy Star Universe games. Phantasy Star Online 2 features gameplay elements and aesthetics reminiscent of previous Phantasy Star games while incorporating unique twists on the formula. The initial version was released for Windows in Japan in July 2012.
A massive updated and separate "shared universe" game, titled Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is scheduled for a 2021 release. It will be available on Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and Xbox Series X worldwide; and available on Microsoft Windows (both the download and cloud versions), Nintendo Switch (cloud version), and PlayStation 4 in Japan.
On the other hand, the "Sword Art Online" anime series is based on the Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. Kawahara originally wrote the series as a web novel on his website from 2002 to 2008. The light novels began publication on ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko imprint from April 10, 2009, with a spin-off series launching in October 2012. The series has spawned nine manga adaptations published by ASCII Media Works and Kadokawa.
An anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures, known simply as Sword Art Online, aired in Japan between July and December 2012, with a television film Sword Art Online: Extra Edition airing on December 31, 2013, and a second season, titled Sword Art Online II, airing between July and December 2014. An animated film titled Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale featuring an original story by Kawahara premiered in Japan and Southeast Asia on February 18, 2017, and was released in the United States on March 9, 2017. A spin-off anime series titled Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online premiered in April 2018, while a third season titled Sword Art Online: Alicization was aired from October 2018 until September 2020. Soon, an anime adaptation of Sword Art Online: Progressive will commence. Six video games based on the series have been released for multiple consoles. (via Wiki)
The series takes place in the near future and focuses on protagonist Kazuto "Kirito" Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki as they play through various virtual reality MMORPG worlds.