Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris

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SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris
SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris cover
Developers
Aquria
Publishers
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Engines
PhyreEngine[1]
Release dates
Windows July 9, 2020
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Currency, Loot box
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person, First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres ARPG, Open world, JRPG, Visual novel
Art styles Anime
Themes Fantasy
Series Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris on IGDB
Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris guide on StrategyWiki
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Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris 2020

Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person and first-person ARPG, open world, JRPG and visual novel game in the Sword Art Online series.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Publisher website
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Gamesplanet
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Deluxe Month 1 Edition also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Steam
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Deluxe Month 1 Edition also available.
Windows

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Premium Pass
Windows
Warmaid Outfit Only available on the Bandai Namco website.
Windows
Design Contest Costumes Only available as part of the Month 1 Edition.
Windows

Microtransactions[edit]

Type Notes
Cosmetic Skins, Emotes and Weapon skins for the characters.
Currency SAO coins.
Loot box "Cube" System working as a Loot box.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\sao_al\userdata\GRPCFG.bin
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1009290/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\1009290\remote
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1009290/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
[2]
Ultra-widescreen
Pillarboxed to 16:9.
Stretched on non-16:9 resolutions when "Maintain Aspect Ratio" is set to "Off".[3]
4K Ultra HD
[4]
Field of view (FOV)
Referred to as "Camera Range" in Camera Settings.
Limited to three presets that cannot be adjusted.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Exclusive fullscreen also supported.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Off, x2, x4, x8 and x16 available.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
On/Off toggle only.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabling both vsync and exclusive fullscreen forces a 60 FPS cap regardless of the display refresh rate.[5]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
An optional 30 FPS cap is also available.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input[edit]

Keyboard bindings
Keyboard bindings

Audio[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for BGM, SFX, Event Voice, Voice SFX and Movie Volume as well as Environmental Sounds.
Event BGM Volume is limited to three presets that cannot be adjusted.
Surround sound
Stereo only.[6]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
4 Co-op

Issues unresolved[edit]

Misaligned bloom effect[edit]

The bloom effect may cause a misaligned phantom green residual image of the bloom effect. No known solution is available.[7]

Issues resolved[edit]

Stutter and frame drops related to Easy Anti-Cheat[edit]

There are two ways to avoid this problem:

Block Easy Anti Cheat from starting with the game[8]
  • Go into the <path-to-game> folder. Change the "sao_al.exe" name to "Launch_Game.exe".
Keep EAC from using too much resourse[9]
  • After the game start set thread affinity of easyanticheat process to just one core.
  • This could cause the game to soft lock if screen mode is set to Fullscreen.
  • This won't change online capability.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Criware
Cutscenes Criware
Multiplayer Steamworks
Anti-cheat Easy Anti-Cheat Can be disabled by changing the game's .exe name.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7-4790
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 45 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA Geforce GTX 760
AMD Radeon HD 7950
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1009290/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1009290) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-07-16
    Using Special K and its thread widget reveals a bunch of PhyreEngineWorkerThread threads being used.
  2. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-07-10
    Tested at 5760x1080 custom resolution.
  3. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-07-10
    Tested at 2560x1080 custom resolution.
  4. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-07-10
    Tested at 3840x2060 custom resolution.
  5. Verified by User:Fayaine on 2020-07-10
    Tested with a custom 1080p resolution with 50 Hz. Borderless windowed does Vsync correctly to the set refresh rate.
  6. Verified by User:MasterBlaster on 2020-07-10
    Tested in 7.1 using Orban Loudness Meter in conjunction with Razer Surround.
  7. Verified by User:Tamodolo on 2020-07-11
    Tested in native 1440p resolution.
  8. Verified by User:Tamodolo on 2020-07-11
    Changed the name of the actual Launch_Game.exe to Launch_Game1.exe. This is enough for keeping it from start.
  9. Verified by User:Tamodolo on 2020-07-11
    This solution can still cause some fps drops but is fairly better than doing nothing.