The “Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night Past & Future” panel at Aniplex Online Fest 2021 has announced that the anime film will open in Japan on October 30, 2021. The official English Twitter account for the anime in the United States has stated that “more information regarding the U.S. release will be coming soon!”
Ayako Kawano is directing the film, with Kento Toya returning from Sword Art Online Alicization as the character designer. Yuki Kajiura is also returning to provide the music for the anime film. The animation will be produced at A-1 Pictures.