Forget-me-not bloom, the first DLC for Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris, is now available on Xbox One! I spoke to lead producer Keishu Minami to discuss the exciting content players can expect in this big DLC drop.
AL: Can you give us a brief overview of the plot of? Forget-me-not bloom?
KM: First, Kirito awakens from a dream in which he loses Eugeo in a harrowing battle against the Administrator. From this dream, Kirito realizes that he must be a stronger swordsman in order to protect his precious friends. In search of the “other sword”, he embarks on an adventure with Eugeo in a new country in which many new battles and dramas await him. Will Kirito be able to find another sword worthy of the name “dual-wielding” swordsman?
AL: This is the first major DLC release since the game launched. Approximately how much content can players expect?
KM: With this new DLC, we will be releasing a map with an overall size similar to the main game. On the newly added map, there will be several new locations such as cities and brand new dungeons for players to explore. Total playing time is around 12 hours and up to 16 hours for those who really want to dig into the new content. There are many new locations awaiting you in this DLC, so we hope that players will take the time to enjoy this game to the fullest!
AL: That’s a pretty big DLC! Were there any challenges when it came to creating such a large DLC?
KM: The hardest part was creating the original story scenario. We had a lot of discussions with the writers of this DLC and the people who were involved in the original work, and we made a lot of attempts to figure out how to convey the story of Kirito and Eugeo’s journey to fans in a way that could be told through game format will.
AL: Do you have any tips for players who want to play the DLC? Is there anything special to look out for?
KM: One big difference between this DLC and the main game is that some of the party members are pinned. The characters traveling with Kirito and Eugeo will change each chapter, and you may even have the option to control characters you haven’t played with in the main game. If a character you’ve never (or rarely) played joins your party, take this opportunity to give it a try!
AL: The name of this DLC is Forget-me-not bloom. Does this name and the flower symbolism have any meaning?
KM: The name “forget-me-not” comes from a flower of the same name and includes meanings such as “true love” and of course “don’t forget me”. Kirito met many people in this world and nurtured many emotions with them. These encounters and separations made him the hero he is today. The flower symbolizes the importance of these encounters and feelings so that they will never be forgotten. The best way to find out the reason for this title and how the name relates to the story is to play the scenario yourself!
AL: Lastly, what are you most excited about for the fans with this DLC?
KM: What we want fans to have the most fun is the story. As in the main game story, this DLC is set in an alternate world where Eugeo stays alive that can only be experienced in this game. In this DLC, the relationship between Kirito, Alice and Eugeo, which was not told in either the anime or the original novel, is re-portrayed in a new way. We hope fans of the series will enjoy the rich story we have created!
SCHWERTKUNST ONLINE Alicization Lycoris – Blooming of the forget-me-not
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
Blooming of Forget-me-not is the first major expansion DLC for SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris. Additional content includes a new story, weapons, outfits, and more. Contains the following content: ・ New story: Big expansion DLC 1 – Blooming of the forget-me-not ・ New maps and dungeons ・ New divine beasts ・ New weapons and outfits Kirito, Alice, Eugeo and Medina fought for peace in the human realm, and the The administrator’s rule came to an end. In order not to lose someone who is valuable to him … To become a stronger swordsman … Kirito and Eugeo go on a search for a new divine object. * To play the Blooming of Forget-me-not DLC you must complete the main story of SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris. * This product is contained in a bundle. Be careful not to make double purchases.
SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris
BANDAI NAMCO entertainment
They always shared the same moments. They thought it would be forever. ――― Kirito wakes up in a completely unknown virtual world, but something about it feels a bit familiar … In Underworld, a sprawling world introduced in the anime SWORD ART ONLINE, Kirito goes on adventures in the latest RPG in the series! Enjoy seamless, action-packed real-time combat with a combination of sword skills, sacred arts and your favorite SAO characters! Kirito meets a boy named Eugeo. Somewhere deep in their hearts lies a lasting promise. In order to keep this promise and not to lose each other, they go on adventures together. Nothing will stop them from achieving their goal.