Depicting Asuna, Kirito and Argo hanging out together, the visual's tagline reads, "If it's with you—".
It was also announced that a special 10th anniversary countdown program will be broadcast at midnight on July 2 in Japan (listed as 24:00 on July 1), which will also present new information about the film.
The main staff members from the first film will return for the sequel, subtitled "Scherzo of Deep Night", at A-1 Pictures, including Ayako Kono as director, Kento Toya as character designer and chief animation director, Yasuyuki Kai as action director and monster designer, and Yuki Kajiura as music composer.
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Haruka Tomatsu were also confirmed to be returning as Kirito and Asuna, joined by Shiori Izawa (Nanachi in Made in Abyss) as Argo "The Rat", an information broker in Sword Art Online.
Yen Press, who publishes the light novels' official English version, describes the volume as:
It's been just two months since they were trapped in the game of death that is Sword Art Online, and Kirito and Asuna continue their struggle at the vanguard of progress through the game. The fifth floor of Aincrad is a mazelike ruin, and the two dare to take pleasure in raiding it for the treasure it contains. Upon returning to the fourth floor, it's time to do some questing on behalf of the Elf Lord Yofilis–but here begins Asuna's discontent, for in doing so they will have to face her least favorite monster ever…