The mega-hit light novel series which has sold over 19 million copies is going to get it’s first anime feature-length film titled Sword Art Online:Ordinal Scales. The movie is based on an original story by the author Reki Kawahara. The events of the movie will be set after the events of the second season of the anime series Sword Art Online II. The film is produced by A-1 pictures and directed by Tomohiko Ito, the character designs will be by Shingo Adachi and the music score will be by Yuki Kajiura(Pandora Hearts, Tsubasa Chronicle, Fate/Zero,Sword Art online I and II, etc…)
Aniplex of America describes the story as:
It’s just a game,or so I thought..
A brand new story written by original author, Reki Kawahara!! People everywhere were enjoying a new game called Ordinal Scale, an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma, a new wearable console designed for AR (augmented reality) gaming. But, the players had no idea that a nightmare from the virtual world was starting to spread into reality!! As his fellow players find themselves in danger, the hero is called upon once again.
The plot revolves around a new game called OS(Ordinal Scale) which Kirito,Asuna and their friends start playing, it is a game which unlike previous games doesn’t have full-dive technology and instead uses augmented reality with a new device called ‘augma’. The game ranks players according to achievements and low ranked players face immense disadvantages while duelling higher ranked characters. However Kirito and friends realise something is truly wrong when they see monsters from Sword Art Online, the death game where they had to fight for their lives.
Aniplex has licensed and will distribute the movie in New Zealand and Australia sometime in 2017. The film is set to release in Japan on February 18, Anime Limited will release the film in UK in March 2017.