IBM Japan Announces Sword Art Online-Inspired Virtual Reality MMO Project

IBM has recently announced their latest project, Sword Art Online The Beginning Project, a “virtual MMO project” in collaboration with Kadokawa, Bandai Namco, Apniplex and more. The project is said to be inspired by the popular anime series, Sword Art Online.

The project uses IBM’s cloud computing tech SoftLayer and aims to explore the idea of using cognitive computing (the simulation of human thought processes in a computerized model) for the future of gaming.The prototype utilizes body motions to control movement in game. The protagonists of the anime Kirito and Asuna are also involved in some form, retaining their original voice actors.Lastly,IBM is recruiting 208 alpha testers in the Tokyo metropolitan area for a test to be held between March 18th and March 20th.

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