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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment
Bandai Namco is revisiting Sword Art Online later this year with two different releases. Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment will launch on PSN for PS4 this summer, and Sword Art Online: Lost Song is slated to hit PSN and store shelves for PS4 and PS Vita this fall. Both titles will follow original stories based on the anime and manga. Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment will include the original PS Vita version as well as all downloadable content (at a later date) and the ability to carry over some items from the PS Vita version for those who still have their save files. No word on whether the translation will be improved, though. Sword Art Online: Lost Song is the third game adaption and will feature an original storyline set within the follow-up VRMMORPG, ALfheim Online.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, the MMORPG-styled adaptation of the manga and anime series of the same name, has launched on PSN for PS Vita. Players can start on Floor 76 of Aincrad and fight to free themselves in Hollow Fragment or from the beginning with an HD version of the game’s predecessor, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment. Players can also team up with up to three other adventurers via ad-hoc multiplayer. A free downloadable costume pack launched today as well and will be available through November 18. Buyers can also look forward to a downloadable content pack slated to hit PSN next month.
Bandai Namco has announced a free DLC Costume Pack for their upcoming MMO-styled role-playing game Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment. The promotion is slated to run from launch until November 18 and will net gamers a dress shirt, nightie, school swimsuit, and wedding dress. These items will not be available in any other pack after the promotion ends. An extensive content update was also detailed, which will go live on September 23 and introduce a host of (free) changes, including a higher level cap, from 200 to 250, new bosses, new weapons and armor, new quests, and 50 new Hollow missions. Lastly, fans of the anime and manga can look forward to meeting Alberich and Heathcliff.
Gamers attending the 2014 Anime Expo, running from Thursday to Sunday in Los Angeles, will be able to check out several gaming events being hosted by Bandai Namco. An hour-long panel on Japanese RPGs, the JRPG Power Hour, will kick things off on Thursday with talks on Tales of Hearts R, Tales of Xillia 2, and Sword Art Online. Two tournaments will also be held at the company’s booth (#101) throughout the weekend, one on Friday for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle and another on Saturday for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst. Additionally, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment producer Yosuke Futami and One Piece Unlimited World Red producer Koji Nakajima will both be on hand to sign autographs. The full event schedule is available below.
Last week, Bandai Namco announced that they will be bringing over Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment as a download-only release later this summer. Today, they’ve followed up the reveal with news that they will also be including an HD port of its PSP predecessor, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment. As with Hollow Fragment, Infinity Moment is an MMO-esque role-playing game that has players venturing around an expansive world, accepting quests, and battling creatures in real time.
Bandai Namco has announced a slew of new titles across all platforms. Some of the highlights include the development of Grid Autosport for 360, PC, and PS3, the localization of both Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment and Tales of Hearts R for PS Vita, and details about Tales of Xillia 2’s $130 Collector’s Edition. Additional info about each of those, and more, can be found below. We’ve also posted some new screenshots from the free-to-play PSN release Ace Combat Infinity, the PC version of Dark Souls II, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle for PS3.