New Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment details


Conquering Aincrad one floor at a time

It was a sure thing that after Namco Bandai's PSP release, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, sold over a few hundred copies, they were gonna get another game out ASAP.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment for the Vita looks to up the ante fairly significantly on both gameplay and visual levels. The game still starts in the city Arc Sophia, but it has undergone large changes in terms of its layout and the things you can do in it. As Kirito, you can now hold hands with your partner character and even carry them throughout the town. Whether or not this actually has an effect on the gameplay is still unknown at this time.

The action has seen some shakeups as well. Unlike Infinity Moment, Hollow Fragment plays less like a menu driven RPG and more along the lines of an action game. This is supported by the new multiplayer mode that allows folks to team up with three other players through adhoc mode. Since each person can take in a partner with them, you're looking at eight person parties on the field. A new first person POV mode lets players see things from Kirito's perspective.

The other big change coming out of Infinity Moment is that Kirito can now be customized like a generic avatar. You can alter his voice, face, hair, and name among other things. The new mysterious female character is named Filia, and she'll be voiced by Yui Ishikawa. 

Hopefully we'll get a new trailer in the coming weeks. I'm eager to see just how far the game has come on a visual level. I've included some of Dengeki Playstation's screenshots here, but if you want to check out the whole batch of them make sure you follow the link below.

[via Dengeki Playstation]

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