For those not acquainted with Kawahari Reki’s VRMMO and blockbuster anime Sword Art Online, and its further incarnations, it’s time to take off your Oculus and put on your NerveGear. Hopefully this version doesn’t include the thousands of deaths that came with the day one edition of SAO!
The venture looks to showcase the potential contribution to IBM’s Cognitive Computing research – although it seems to lack any real connection to our brains. We really don’t want them fried in the alpha. Participants will be scanned into 3D and interact with a virtual space using IBM Cloud Services and SoftLayer technologies.
Applicants are also being selected by lottery, not too unlike the beta and first run participants in SAO.
Kirito’s Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Asuna’s Haruka Tomatsu and Yui’s Kanae Itō will all be lending their voices to the project.
What do you think? Would you want to be one of the first testers for a full-dive VRMMO and risk almost certain brain damage? I totally would.