From October 20th, the Japan Racing Association (JRA) will target Hopeful Stakes from the Kikuka Award, and the popular anime “Sword Art Online -Progressive-Starless Night Aria” will be released on October 30th. A special project “JRA x Sword Art Online-Autumn Virtual Racing-” in collaboration with “Sword Art Online” has been released on a special site. Furthermore, this time, the “Virtual Racetrack” is open to the public on the virtual SNS “cluster” in line with “Sword Art Online” (SAO), which is set in virtual space.
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Inside the virtual racecourse, you can freely roam with the avatars of Kirito and Asuna, the main characters of SAO. There is also an original game “Capture the virtual racetrack” where you can collect 8 items to get a secret avatar, and a gift campaign where you can take a selfie at a photo spot and post it on Twitter. We also hold the “Einclad Cup” where users can experience racing on weekends only.
In addition, on the special site, “Kirito and Skill Acquisition Quest” that allows you to acquire the original horse racing skills of this collaboration, and those who shared the same original betting ticket as the frame color of the first race horse in conjunction with the target race will be drawn by lottery. “Autumn GI Race Strategy Gacha” game to win electronic money gifts will be released as well.
<Contents in cluster (virtual racetrack)>
Many events and campaigns will be available in the virtual racecourse.
① Avatar distribution
You can freely roam the virtual racetrack with Kirito and Asuna’s avatars.
② Original game “Capture the virtual racetrack”
Clear the game by collecting 8 items. A secret avatar will be presented to users who have cleared it.
③ Virtual selfie campaign
If you take a selfie at the photo spot of the virtual racetrack and post it on Twitter with the specified hashtag, you will win an e-commerce gift by lottery.
● Weekend only! “Einclad Cup” where users can experience racing
In the virtual racecourse, we will open up a space where users can experience racing only on weekends.
Tap one of the eight horses to ride, and the race will start while riding the horse, competing for the first place. A limited avatar will be given to the 1st place person.
* Held every weekend from the Kikuka Award to the Arima Kinen.
● Live distribution
Live distribution of the contents of the virtual racetrack, which is also experienced by the popular VTuber on the main battlefield, will be carried out three times in total.
■ 1st (Kikuka Award)
Schedule: October 23 (Sat) 20:00 – 21:00
Cast: Shirakami Fubuki, Okami Mio
Delivery: Fubuki Ch. Shirakami Fubuki
■ 2nd (Autumn of the Emperor’s Award)
Schedule: October 29th (Friday) 21:00 – 22:00
Cast: Aqua Minato
Delivery: Aqua Ch. Akua Minato
■ 3rd (Japan Cup)
Schedule: November 26th (Friday) 20:00 – 21:00
Cast: Sakura Miko
Delivery: Miko Ch. Sakura Miko
Special site content
● Contents that you can learn horse racing strategy skills “Kirito and skill acquisition quest”
“Kirito and Skill Acquisition Quest” is a content that allows you to learn essential skills for horse racing, such as racehorses and G1 races, while challenging the quest. After challenging the quest, you can acquire the original horse racing skills of this collaboration.
● Autumn GI Race Strategy Gacha
In “Autumn GI Race Strategy Gacha”, tap “START” and turn the gacha to get an original betting ticket with Kirito and other party members. In addition, the original betting ticket was shared on Twitter during the application period of the 6 races of Kikuka-sho, Tenno-sho Autumn, Queen Elizabeth Cup, Mile Championship, Japan Cup, and Champions Cup, and the race horse with the same frame color as the shared betting ticket is actually We will also hold a gift campaign where you can win an electronic money gift by lottery when you win the first place in the race.
● About “Sword Art Online”
The novel “Sword Art Online” series is written by Reki Kawahara, who won the 15th Dengeki Novel Grand Prize (published by “Dengeki Bunko”). The story depicts the success of the main character, Kirito, set in the next-generation VRMMORPG “Sword Art Online”, and has been very popular since the release of the first volume of the original novel in April 2009, and as of 2021, it is famous worldwide. The series has become a huge hit with over 26 million copies.
The “Theatrical version Sword Art Online -Progressive- Starless Night Aria”, which will be a new “Einclad Edition” drawn by the original author Reki Kawahara from the perspective of Asuna, will be released on Saturday, October 30, 2021.
● About “cluster”
“Cluster” is a virtual SNS where anyone can participate in virtual events such as live music concerts and conferences, and play with friends in permanent worlds and games. Tens of thousands of people can connect from their favorite devices such as smartphones, PCs, and VR at the same time, which makes it possible to hold large-scale events and make popular IP content permanent.
Ways to participate
(1) Download the application “cluster” in advance from the smartphone, tablet, PC, VR dedicated device, etc. used for participation, and enter the room from the event page.
(2) To participate, it is necessary to create a free cluster account and install the cluster application for the device to be used.
● LIVE distribution talents introduction
You can watch the distribution of talents belonging to the popular VTuber group “Holo Live”.
■ Shirakami Fubuki
A nerdy fox with white hair. She likes to talk to people and is happy to have them around.
She aims to be a top nerdy idol while having fun every day.
■ Aqua Minato
Virtual maid in marine maid clothes. She’s always doing her best, but she’s a little sloppy.
■ Sakura Miko
She has been seriously doing Shinto rituals as a shrine maiden of Dennou Sakura Shrine, but when she was asked by a god to visit Japan, she encountered “Tokino Sora” and embraced her longing as a virtual shrine maiden idol. She decided to become an idol and is struggling to keep up every day!
■ Okami Mio
A black-haired animal eared girl who appeared out of nowhere. She seems to often appear in shrines. She loves videogames.
● About Holo Live
“Holo Live” is a female VTuber group that mainly works on video posting and live distribution on “YouTube”. It is a next-generation 2D idol group that can support live distribution and interact on Twitter, and is good at live broadcasting and distribution using elaborate 2D/3D character models.
* Depending on the usage environment, cluster may not work properly.
・Recommended environment page：https://clusterhelp.zendesk.com/hc/ja/sections/115000206971-
Check the minimum operating environment.
・Holo Live Official Site：https://hololive.hololivepro.com/
・Holo Live Official YouTube：