New Sword Art Online and Yume Nikki Games Released

Yume Nikki: Dream Diary, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet

Two new video games are available in English, which may be of interest to light novel readers.

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet was released today, and is available to buy for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. You can find lots of details on that on its official website. It is set in the “Gun Gale Online” virtual reality game from volumes 5 and 6 of the Sword Art Online light novel series. You can create your own character and play in a co-op mode with up to four players total, or in a battle mode with eight players. Gameplay appears reminiscent of the PS Vita game Freedom Wars, another gritty futuristic third-person action title with shooting and melee weapons.

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Here’s a video of someone playing the game in English:

There are currently 12 volumes of the Sword Art Online light novels available in English, plus 4 volumes of Sword Art Online: Progressive. A spinoff series titled Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online will begin releasing in English on June 19th. An anime adaptation for that will air in the spring this year, and a third anime season for the main Sword Art Online series will follow some time later in 2018.

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Yume Nikki: Dream Diary

Yume Nikki: Dream Diary has also released for PC via Steam, and is available for $20. This is a 3D “reimagining” of the RPGMaker game Yume Nikki, which was first released in 2004. (The original is available on Steam for free.) Yume Nikki: Dream Diary is a collaborative effort that was supervised by the original creator, Kikiyama. It should not be considered an exact remake of the original as it is more of a platforming survival horror, and much less focused on open exploration. Lots of screenshots and other details can be found on the game’s official website.

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A light novel titled Yume Nikki: I Am Not in Your Dream, written by Akira and illustrated by Aco Arisaka, was released in English as an ebook by J-Novel Club last month.

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