Bring it home to Aincrad in Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization


Or rather, 'Ainground'

While the most interesting Sword Art Online-related news of the week was the yesterday's infodump regarding IBM's VR take on The Kirito Show VR Edition Sword Art Online: The Beginning, folks interested in actual videogames and the playing thereof may have something to gain from the latest trailer for Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, the next planned PS4/PS Vita SAO game (and fourth in the chain after Infinity Moment, Hollow Fragment, and Lost Song). 

The story here picks up in yet another VR MMO that Kirito and his pals jump into, this one called Sword Art Origin and possessing an unexplained connection to the game that kicked off the whole saga. The cast featured so far includes Kirito and his main gal-pals Asuna, Lisbeth, Silica, Sinon, and Yui, but I'd eat my Oculus Rift if the likes of Philia, Strea or other game-original characters don't make some kind of appearance. There's also a new girl, Premiere, who (spoiler) is apparently an NPC with some connection to the main plot. 

I sound a bit dismissive, but it's honestly looking alright, aside from those horrid subtitles in the trailer (seriously, even I could have done a better translation!). The games have all been decent, if unremarkable, and Hollow Realization appears to want to recall Aincrad specifically, which will be a net gain after the rather bland ALO-set Lost Song. But I can't help but be disappointed that they still haven't taken a chance on a game set in Gun Gale Online or similar. That arc made Sword Art Online entertaining again in the anime, and would represent a much bolder shift in both setting and mechanics. Maybe 5th time's the charm?

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