have today announced that the new Sword Art Online episode, Sword Art Online: Lost Song, is available for preorder on PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3.  Lost Song is a roleplaying game based off the successful Sword Art Online manga, novel and anime series.

In a simulated Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game setting, players find that they are trapped within the game and must explore and defeat enemies until they reach the highest levels of Aincrad to beat the game and free themselves from the fantasy world.

This new chapter will take place on Svart Alfheim, the mysterious floating continent that comes bundled as a game update to the Alfheim Online virtual reality.

Svart Alfheim will, reportedly, be a vast continent with various zone types including plains, deserts, and tundra, among others.  All of these can be explored freely too.

The combat system is now split between land and air battles, which will greatly affect the way players fight. Land battles will be the primary way to do battle in dungeons, but outside of them players can choose to switch between the two combat styles.

Air battles turn player focus to maneuverability.  The ability to auto-attack is removed in air battles, but players can choose to have lock-on targeting deactivated which will allow them to attack any part of an enemy’s body.

Lost Song also will be the first time in a Sword Art Online title where players will be able to choose to play as someone other than Kirito.  Avatar customization isn’t confirmed or denied at this point.  The parties will also have a capacity of three characters, of which the player will be able to choose.

Sword Art Online: Lost Song will have cooperative online multiplayer.  Players will be able to choose their character and log in to a 16 person tavern lobby, where up to four players can form a party and embark on difficult quests that will present players with even greater rewards.

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