The first of three Abyss of the Shrine Maiden DLC chapters has now been dated, and we’re here to tell you more.

This new Explorer of Illusory Mists DLC chapter will put you in the boots of Kirito and company, taking on a brand new stage in Aincrad Castle. Flaming earth, magma, and heat waves will colour the environment with life in the addition’s main scenario, and taking on the crimson demon “Bane” is your ultimate goal. While trying to take on this task however, Premiere suddenly complains of a headache, and a masked stranger appears. Who knows where this is leading…

Additionally, this DLC content will include something called Heroine Quest – which will give you the chance to add Asuna, Lisbeth, Silica, and Premiere as heroines in the first chapter of the DLC. The new Enigma Order Quest will even give you the chance to get the Fuse Paragon, Mystic, and Ultana GP Order items and skills; and finally, there will be the addition of more customization options for the main characters.

Check out a trailer and some images for this DLC chapter below;

It looks and sounds pretty good, right?

Well it seems that the upcoming second chapter DLC will take the opposite angle of design, going with “ice” as the visual theme. It’ll also allow you to unlock Alice and Eugeo as characters, and a co-sleeping event involving both (bow chika wow wow), so it sounds pretty cool if you ask me. 😉

Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization‘s Abyss of the Shrine Maiden – Chapter I: Explorer of Illusory Mists DLC is now available in Japan, having released on April 26th. It’ll be releasing in the West on May 16th, so watch for it!