Bandai Namco Joins the Mobile MMORPG Train with Sword Art Online: Integral Factor

Remember when I said Mobile MMOs would be the next big thing for gaming on the go? Well, we're getting there, folks. Bandai Namco has announced their own Mobile MMORPG to compete in the emerging mobile market - Sword Art Online: Integral Factor.

Announced during Tokyo Game Show 2017, SAO: Integral Factor will be available for both iOS and Android. It will follow the free-to-play model with micro-transactions. So, just about like every other mobile game on the market.

The story of the game is rather straightforward - you, the Protagonist, were a Sword Art Online beta tester. After SAO went live, you found yourself imprisoned in the game. There is also the "Heroine," who was also a beta tester. Her name is Koharu, and the Protagonist met her during the beta test, where they bonded together.

There is currently a pre-registration campaign going on as well. All players who pre-register will be rewarded with a set number of in-game bonuses depending on the total amount of players who pre-register.

  • 50,000 pre-registrations means all players will receive 250 Arcana Gems
  • 100,000 pre-registrations means an extra 500 Arcana Gems on top of the 250, for a total of 750
  • 150,000 - an extra 750, for a total of 1,500 Arcana Gems, plus two communication stamps
  • 200,000 - A total of 2,5000 Arcana Gems, as well as a Skill Record 4-Star Asuna

Check out the trailer for Sword Art Online: Integral Factor down below. Currently, Bandai Namco has not published a release window for the game, nor have they talked about a western release.