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IBM Japan announces Sword Art Online VR project

On February 22, 2016 by Aaron Meehan

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Today, IBM Japan has announced Sword Art Online: The Beginning, a virtual reality project based on the popular Sword Art Online anime and light novel series.

According to Gematsu, the project will not have players use a controller, as the game will be played by moving the body. The project will also use a next-generation computing system called the “Cognitive System” that supports human decision making, as well as “SoftLayer”, IBM’s high-performance cloud system. So, as you can imagine IBM Japan are trying to capture the experience described in both the anime and light novels as accurately as possible.

If you are feeling brave enough and live in Japan, IBM is taking applications until March 4th for a prototype alpha test starting March 18th until March 20th in Tokyo. The application states that 208 applicants will be accepted.

To celebrate the announcement, a short teaser trailer has been released. You can see the teaser trailer below.

Source: Gematsu

Author: Aaron Meehan

Hi, I’m the creator of SG Gaming Info. When I’m not working on my writing or creating content for this site’s YouTube channel, I like to relax and enjoy character driven story games.

One Response to “IBM Japan announces Sword Art Online VR project”

  • Sword Art Online was a really interesting series that reminded me a lot of .hack//sign, which is a great thing. It’s awesome to think it might be possible to actually participate in a world like that (without the permanent death, of course). Thanks for sharing this!

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