Sword Art Online Variant Showdown is now available for pre-download in the west for iOS and Android devices

A 3D action game called Sword Art Online Variant Showdown tells a unique tale set in the world of SAO. The narrative introduces a brand-new virtual reality game called Cross Edge, where it's rumored that losing a fight to a particular enigmatic player will result in you losing some of your own memories. Kirito and his friends decide they have to butt in once more, so they enter the game to try and solve the mystery. This story is set after the events of Alicization and will include a new character named Layla.


During gameplay, players can equip characters with Ability Cards to raise their stats. The cards can add special buffs to the characters to attack enemy weak points. Further, players can bring up to 3 characters into battle.

Post-launch, the developer plans to add:
  • Battle Royal – A 4-player PvP mode. The first battle royal rule in SAO games, where players compete to see how many other players they can defeat within a time limit. Use items that spawn randomly on the battlefield to swiftly turn the tide!
  • Character Customization – Customize your characters with accessories and outfits available in multiple color variations.
“When Kirito and his friends hear about a new game called Cross Edge that is supposedly causing memory loss to its players, they set off to investigate…

But while playing Cross Edge, they are ambushed by a mysterious presence!”


The game had hack and slash action as well as the Switch system from the series, which lets you tag out the active character and replace them with a partner to deliver huge amounts of damage.

There is some good news for the game right now, though. The pre-registration has reached its limit, and all of the awards will be made accessible to players as soon as the game launches, including:
  • SSR [Will to Fight] Asuna along with her Evolution Crystals
  • SSR Ability Card – The Flash’s Will
  • 10 Premium Tickets with a Guaranteed SSRs
  • 400 Variant Crytsals (Premium Currency for the game)
Sword Art Online Variant Showdown is available on iOS and Android devices.