Bandai Namco’s mysterious #Projekt1514 is a new Sword Art Online game

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Bandai Namco have revealed Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, a new third-person action game releasing in early 2018.

The publisher recently unveiled a teaser trailer for a mystery game entitled #Projekt1514. There wasn’t much to go on other than it was being developed by Dimps and it featured a post-apocalyptic cityscape and bullets… which means it could’ve been any videogame ever, let’s face it.

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Game Jouhou (via Siliconera) spotted the premature publication of a video, which suggested #Projekt1514 was actually a new Sword Art Online game given both teasers used the same logo. The video was swifly pulled, but not long after Bandai Namco formally revealed Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet trailer - and it turns out the rumours were true.

Bandai describes the new SAO action game as a "unique hybrid shooter/RPG action dynamic [game] balancing gun and sword play with skill and gadget combat."

"Become the hero of Gun Gale Online, step into the versatile landscapes and environments of the digital world, interact with characters from the Sword Art Online original novels, anime and previous games as you navigate a world that is vastly personalized and visually enhanced and play as the protagonist fighting against opponents using new weapons and further customize gameplay by creating skills and abilities."

Right now all we know is that it’s coming to PC in "early 2018" but as always, we’ll keep you posted.

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cpt.fantastic Avatar
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4 Months ago

Having "Online" as a part of the title spells nothing but doom. It's like announcing "Yet another MMO".

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Henjin Avatar
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4 Months ago

Not to fans (of the original materials), whom I think is the main target audience of the game.

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cpt.fantastic Avatar
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4 Months ago

Didn't talk about the game.

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ph0enX Avatar
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4 Months ago

You do know, that "Online" in the name hasn't anything to do with the game itself. It's the actual name. It's also the name of the Anime: Sword Art Online

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nu1mlock Avatar
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4 Months ago

I haven't watched the anime myself, but the anime (and novel, which it originates from) is called "Sword Art Online". Removing "Online" just because it's also a video game wouldn't make sense.

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cpt.fantastic Avatar
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4 Months ago

No one said they should remove it. I just pointed out how majority of games that have the word 'Online' in the title are bad. Google "Online MMO" if you don't believe me.

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nu1mlock Avatar
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4 Months ago

To be fair, there aren't many MMO's in general that are super popular. Though some of the more popular ones do have "Online" in their name. Three quite popular MMO's I can think of is EVE Online, Elder Scrolls Online and Black Desert Online. Then there's Guild Wars 2, Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft. Those are some the biggest MMO's currently, and 3 our of 6 has the word "Online" in them.

You are, however, correct in that the majority of games with the word "Online" in them are bad. Then again, the majority of games in general are bad.

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QDP2 Avatar
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4 Months ago

As nu1mlock said though, the word 'online' originates from the novels and anime title (the basis of the story being heroes stuck inside an online game where death is real). It does not confirm the game is multiplayer at all, never mind an 'MMO'. Gameplay footage has appeared online (in Japanese of course), it's showing itself as the gun + hack & slash you'd expect it to be, in parties of 4. This could be a multiplayer groups Player Vs AI (think Devision, party-instanced world)., or it could be single player with AI team-mates. If there is multiplayer we could also assume some PvP mode would exist (inside Arenas). We honestly can't tell yet (maybe someone who knows Japanese would be able to find out).

This post is not meant to defend the game, it's still too early to tell if it'll be any fun to play, or if it'll be just another generic gun hack and slash. I personally hope they've invested more time into the RPG mechanics (for a combination of story and available interactions with AI civilians/other players). Gun-Gale (the 'fake game' inside the novels that this 'real-game' is based off) was a very similar atmosphere to EVE Online (every person for themselves, farmers hunting/leveling, raiders pillaging/looting), Tournaments and Events coming on a regular basis in a City with depth both above and below the law. To bring that atmosphere into a game excites me, but all the content I've seen so far has been based around the combat..

It's always going to be hard to try and adapt such a complex world into a game, especially when many of the key characteristics/features were written to work from a novel/anime perspective. I'll continue hoping, but it's probably best if I keep my expectations low for now.

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4 Months ago

Now if only they bring in the older games into PC...

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