Sword Art Online Variant Showdown is now available to pre-register in Google Play and Apple App Store

To celebrate the 10 years of the Sword Art Online anime, the developers will be releasing the Sword Art Online Variant Showdown. The game was first announced in March and its closed beta was announced last May 2022.


Recently, Bandai Namco has announced that the pre-registration of the game has started for both iOS and Android devices. Once players have registered in the game, they will have the exclusive chance to inscribe their name on the SAOVS’s Monument of Swordsmen. The theme song will be sung by Eir Aoi.


"Have you heard of Cross Edge?"

It's a title Kirito has heard before. A game which has attracted a lot of attention from players, not least because it was supposedly designed by a middle school genius.

One day at the Dicey Café, Kirito hears two rumors about Cross Edge. The first: There's a mysterious player who attacks out of nowhere. Losing to them means losing a portion of your own memories. The second: This player goes around wearing a hood pulled low to hide their eyes...

Kirito can't help but recall Laughing Coffin, the player-killer guild he faced in SAO. In part to investigate these rumors, Kirito and his friends begin playing Cross Edge...and are soon targeted in a surprise attack.

In the game, players will assume the roles of Kirito and Asuna in 3D battles. They will face menacing bosses like The Gleam Eyes. Character-specific Sword Skills will be allowed for players to use as well as switch between offense and defense immediately so that players can take enemies without a hitch.

Enemies will also have special attacks but they can be deflected using unique counterattacks. Also, players can awaken unique characters on the battlefield who are capable of unleashing their true power.


The game features an original storyline wherein players will experience a VR action game called Cross Edge. A new original character named Layla will also be introduced. Players will be creating a party of three and will lead them into battle. To power up, characters will be equipped with Ability Cards that help in boosting strengths.

Unique character customizations will be available in the game, which players can use to equip different accessories and change the color of the outfits. Interested players can now pre-register the game through Apple App Store or Google Play Store.