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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Sword Art Online
Players can once again get super meta with Sword Art Online -Hollow Realization-. The virtual MMORPG, based off the popular anime, returns with a new entry for PS4 and PS Vita. As Kirito, players adventure around the digital realm of Ainground. Similar to actual online role-playing games, players will take on quests, fight monsters, and gain loot. Other users also run around tackling objectives, with some being AI-controlled players and others characters from Sword Art: Origins. Players can also team up with their friends for four-player co-op alongside a four-player AI-controlled team. Reki Kawahara, series creator, supervised a new storyline that finds non-playable characters mysteriously being deleted from the servers.
Bandai Namco has released a new trailer for Sword Art Online: Lost Song. The latest video offers a quick look at the story and premiered at New York Comic Con 2015. The follow-up to last year’s Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment for PS Vita will feature an original storyline set within the follow-up VRMMORPG, ALfheim Online.
A new trailer and batch of screenshots have been released for Sword Art Online: Lost Song. The media set focuses on the game’s online multiplayer mode and showcases character customization, four-player co-op, and four-on-four team Battle Arena.
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.
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.