Universally popular VRMMORPGFPS anime Sword Art Online has at last obtained a VRMMO of its own thanks to gaming powerhouse IBM, with the game supposedly using a novel control system new to the gaming world – and given the usual results of such boastful claims, it could either prove to be revolutionary or the next rival to the Virtual Boy.

Initial statements by IBM have revealed that the game will utilize the player’s body as opposed to a physical controller, which – as any who have experienced motion-control before would know – might be rather less responsive in the real world than the developers might expect.

A teaser trailer for “Sword Art Online: The Beginning”, from its official site:

Applications are being accepted for a prototype alpha test, so those itching to witness this “breakthrough” in gaming technology can sign up now – the test is slated to be held in Tokyo between March 18th and March 20th, and only 208 applicants will be accepted.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 24/02/2016 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    SAO is all about waifus, then I demand full compatible (and penetrable) honahole control.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:38 24/02/2016 # ! Good (+0.8)

    FIRST THING,is there any log off button or no??

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:06 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    SAO game without players dying is not SAO.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:44 26/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do you think that there won't be any deaths?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Does the VR headset include any provisions to fry my brain IRL if I die in the game?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:47 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only until release, as usual.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 24/02/2016 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Does it includes 18+ content? Cause without it, it will be pointless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:53 24/02/2016 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Unlocked after saving up 2 years worth of semen.

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    Comment by Cytryz
    06:35 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can I deposit it all in once? Must I deposit it in multiple accounts or can it all be in one?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:12 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    you guys r to funny xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:19 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Protocol dictates you let it flow endlessly with a glopping noise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:34 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah I mean just look at what Kirito and Asuna did!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Glop glop glop

    Comment by Anonymous

    I wish you guys cancer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:51 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    go back to drink your mom's milk little kid

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Noo feminist like you are worst than cancer..

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 24/02/2016 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have arrived at the next stage of gaming and it's amazing. The age of vr gaming, let's pray that Japan start making more vr games that shake our view of the game world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm a fan of jrpgs but sadly they are usually behind on tech so it'll be a while off most likely.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:51 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dot hack becomes a reality because VR isnt at SAO levels yet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:17 25/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it's as boring as the anime, it's gonna be crap.

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    Comment by Rya
    08:46 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    10% chance of being revolutionary
    30% chance of being so-so
    60% chance of being cash grab, technology beta test, never to be heard from again after 6 months

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    VR is just fated to crash and burn at this point. The market for it isn't big enough, meaning not many companies are willing to pour in fortunes to create games for it, resulting in VR games being bland and unable to expand its market because no one's going to pay big bucks for a bland, headache inducing experience, loop to step one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:33 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    100% chance of being tring as hell. Motion controlled walking has always been a pain in the ass...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:52 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    well to be fair on the high end yes but none of the current line up vive or oc have their own walking units so it will likely be a motion or likely micro joystick for movement.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:16 25/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    And what's the point of VR if you have to use extra controls? An HMD does exactly the same for any game that uses a first person perspective...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:19 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    The chance of playing a MMO that uses VR technology is exciting. However, the notion of playing in Aincrad kills it for me.

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    Comment by Pyro
    08:09 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    10/10 would buy & play, even if it was purely for the aspect of whatever we do in there would help pave the way for newer more exciting games/tech to come to market.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    How was SAO even on IBM's radar? It's a little surprising they'd even pay attention to anything anime-related, let alone make it a part of their VR tech development.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:50 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    IBM works wit ha lot of mmo companies EVE online for example gets some of the newest hardware as its a good trial run for them as mmos can be very taxing on hardware so a VR mmo only makes sense to jump into for them

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eve Online is a good place to stress test hardware. Rendering thousands of ships shooting lasers, nukes and superheated plasma at each other in real time using data exchanged between server to users in multiple places around the globe is a very demanding challenge.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 25/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Part of SAO lore is an AI that dynamically creates content for the game.

    This article doesn't mention it, but that's exactly what IBM intends to replicate. They are using one of their Watson machines for dynamic AI-based content creation.

    And yes, we already have AIs. They are good at recognizing voice and faces and recently gained the ability to beat humans at Go.
    No general AIs yet, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:21 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    SAO did popularise the idea of the VRMMORPG (despite the fact that .hack introduced the idea much earlier), which makes it very useful as a marketing tool for an actual VRMMORPG.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:58 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    pffft. as long as it's not a direct mind injection it's gonna be pretty annoying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    probably gonna be a grindfest korean mmo with a VR, in the end still gonna be just a grindfest

    Comment by Anonymous

    ALL MMOs are grindfests. Saying "grindfest korean MMO" just makes you sound like a moronic douche.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:08 25/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Planetside 2 especially still has a grind. It's grinding certification and the object you are grinding on happens to be other players.

    Like it or not, in any MMO, including Eve Online, there will always be a grinding element. That is how these games keep you playing. You grind on something to unlock the next level. Even in Eve Online you will probably spend the early months of your life grinding missions, rats or asteroids as you wait for your skill queue so you have the money to buy a new ship once you got the prerequisite skills, or in order the gather the required capital to start a business.

    Unless you happen to be part of a prosperous corporation with SRP, then chances are you will be grinding on structures so you can clear out that structure in order to put up your own structure over the moon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:42 25/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ever heard of Planetside?
    Not all MMOs are for sweaty neckbeards who suck so much at life that they are afraid of even having a player skill component in the game.

    Comment by Anonymous

    He speaks truth though. Even in a western MMO with the quicker levelling pace, you will still be grinding for gold (unless you RMT) and gear (by raiding the same damned dungeon over and over again).

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    better idea:

    turn the SAO world into that of the BERSERK world. see how that rolls

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why not have both both, there could be even more to imagine. Thought of Bleach, Neon Genesis Evangelion or even Tokyo Ghoul

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:49 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I for one would not mind of they did a Dragonball Z one as well

    RPGs are about fulfilling boyhood dreams after all :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:19 25/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, you are saying that as a child, I dream of being screwed over by the God of Hope, Change and Ambition as I try to retrieve a very dangerous artifact of untold aeons from a forest infested with half-man creatures, myself armed with a beating stick and a small and vicious dog and infected with some kind of fantasy cholera, because I owed a lot of people a lot of money?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:34 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    VR motion controls work quite well actually...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:42 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    SAO. the only game where Beta testers are considered outcasts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:35 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bah, i want this in HACK// or at least in OVERLORD, but in SAO??? bah .

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 25/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Overlord wasn't a virtual reality MMO though, it was a simple MMORPG where the main character magically gets sucked into a new world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 25/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ignore this, I was wrong, kinda. It was classed as a Dive MMORPG. Whatever Dive means, I assume its a more advanced VR tech game or something.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:37 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    For me. I want Log Horizon style.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:53 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    If we're going to do Log Horizon properly, I want a key that does nothing but adjust my character's glasses.

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    17:09 24/02/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with Log Horizon.

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