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News: Story prologue revealed for Sword Art Online -Ordinal Scale-

The bilingual site for Sword Art Online -Ordinal Scale- has updated with some new info on the movie in the form of a story prologue. The 2017 film reuniting director Tomohiko Ito and character designer Shingo Adachi, with a story by the light novel series’ author Reki Kawahara, now sets up the story following the Mother’s Rosario arc as follows:

In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba.
Called NerveGear, it was the first full-dive system and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.
In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere.
A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market.
The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.
Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them.
They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games…

As well as revealing new designs for the characters in their Ordinal Scale gear, key visuals, a trailer and a description of the Augma device, a previous update on the site also described the game itself:

“Ordinal Scale,” an ARMMO-RPG that was designed exclusively for “Augma.” Following its release, it has become the most discussed game due to its advanced technology. In this game, players can raise their rank by collecting items that appear in various places in the real world and by defeating monsters. This “Ranking System” is the main feature of the game, and in this system, each player’s status is determined by their rank which is indicated by an ordinal number instead of a cardinal number. As the result, high ranking players are given overwhelming power and often rank has become a major factor in deciding the outcome of a PvP battle.

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