Get ready for more excitement in the 100 floors of Aincrad!

Earlier today, Daisuki published a 10-minute video feature on IBM’s Sword Art Online: The Beginning Virtual Reality MMORPG. Through the feature, company representative Eri Maruyama gives a hands-on look at the project, from the orientation and scanning process to the thick of battle, and even a whimsical in-game hug with another player.

IBM first showed off Sword Art Online: The Beginning on February 22. The project’s website accepted applications through March 4, with 208 lucky fans being chosen from the 99,800 applicants to try the game.

Participants scanned their bodies, which were then rendered as 3D avatars. Users were able to use numerous accessories to immerse themselves into the experience, including the Oculus Rift (visuals and head-tracking), Microsft’s Kinect 2 (Body movement), Leap Motion and Ovrvision (Hand movement detection), and special footwear known only as the “Nervegear prototype” that allows for foot tracking.

The demo was divided into several phases, including a bazaar that allows them to interact with in-game objects and a cooperative battle with 74th floor boss Gleam Eyes.

IBM intends to use the project as a showcase of IBM’s cognitive computing platform, as well as IBM Cloud Services and SoftLayer technology.

Another gameplay video was released last week, which you can check out below.

Source: YouTube (Daisuki)