UPDATE 3/25/18: Sword Art Online’s season 3 release date has been announced for October.
Back when Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale first hit Japanese theaters, we reported that the post-credits sequence included the text “SAO will return,” which many saw as confirmation of a third season for the series.
Now the home video release of Ordinal Scale is further confirming that more SAO is on its way in some way, shape or form.
While the theatrical release read “SAO will return” in English, the text on the Blu-ray/DVD release is in Japanese, and goes into a bit more detail. Translated, it reads:
“After the main feature, there is a teaser for a new work. Please look forward to it.”
That post-credits teaser includes the line “welcome to Rath,” which is a reference to the SAO novels’ Alicization Arc. That arc takes place after what’s been shown in the TV series and movie so far.
Will this “new work” be season 3 of the series, another film or something else entirely? We may find out October 1 during an event set to take place in Akihabara.