Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment Gives Us A Closer Look At Its Mysterious Heroine

By Spencer . October 17, 2013 . 3:01am

Namco Bandai is making a Sword Art Online game for PlayStation Vita, but who is that character standing behind Kirito and Asuna? Players will meet the mysterious heroine (whose name has not been revealed) in the Hollow Area.




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The Hollow Area is a new part of Aincrad with a dense forest temple area to explore. The battle system is designed to feel more like Sword Art Online compared to the PSP game. The speed is faster and the step system lets you move around an enemy to evade attacks which makes fights feel more active.


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The Hollow Reaper is one of the new bosses players will face in the Hollow Area.


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Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will be released for PlayStation Vita next year.


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  • Let the flooding of “English please” comments commence!

    • TheBlackRabbit

      English plz, :3

    • Ric Vazquez

      Localization with dual audio please

  • cyberkinghardy

    Did the first game got localized?

  • Chaos_Knight

    She looks like Charlotte from Infinite Stratos.

    • Croix Zapp

      charlotte dressed like saber >_>

      • Dark Zerato

        Saber doesn’t wear tiny armor like her.

  • Monterossa

    Since it’s Namco Bandai, I’m not gonna expect to see it get localized.

    • Shippoyasha

      Namco Bandai is pretty funny. Either they do an AMAZING job of localization or they treat foreign audiences like they don’t exist. It’s one way or the other with them.

      • NTaiyokun

        An then there’s Project X Zone, which is sort of middle ground. Because please tell me I’m not the only one who noticed the crapton of spelling errors and translation inconsistencies?

        • Anthony Birken

          No, you’re not~

  • icecoffemix

    She’s voiced by KanaHana isn’t she?

  • Dark Zerato

    No other heroines so far. I wonder if they add Leafa to the game like the psp game ?

    • DyLaN

      I doubt they will only leave Asuna and New Girl in though. But let wait n see.

      Wonder will Leafa/Sinon/Strea come back again.

  • gangrelion

    This new heroine looks like a weird fusion between Jin and Noel…

    • TheExile285

      Holy crap, you are right….

    • xXDGFXx

      Reminds me of how Tanabe(Studio Tiamat) would draw Noel.

  • Nitraion

    The battle interface kinda like diablo 3 console version and that’s good
    and If the battle like KH games that would be absolute blast

    • InfectedAI

      Nowhere near as fast paced if the first game and the first trailer for this game are any indication.

  • fyi1191

    Asuna nice boat ending coming up if you go for the new girl.

  • BalmungX

    Another Girl that will fall for Kirito?

    • Renaldi Saputra


    • neocatzon

      it’s given

      • Lynx

        Phantom Bullet says hi.

        • neocatzon

          Sinon has a bad news for you..

          • Lynx

            This one’s actually natural though.

            It’s not like Asuna and co.

          • neocatzon

            Still following the formula:
            Hi! > Thank you! > I love you!

            Similar to Asuna and Lisbeth.

          • Lynx

            Not really. Take into consideration that’s not until near the end of Phantom/the beginning of the next arc.

            Besides, Kirito actually helped her get over a fear instead of having her straight away fall for him.

          • neocatzon

            It’s given that another girl will fall to Kirito.

    • ShadowDivz

      I haven’t watched SAO yet, but do women fall for Kirito for no reason? A la harem?

      • Ferrick

        shortest answer: yes

        • ShadowDivz

          the fact you say “shortest” makes me think it may be justified.

          • BalmungX

            Well,it’s mostly like ,they know him,they receive help from him and BAM,insta-love,but only works with him

          • ShadowDivz

            Oh. That sucks. In an MMO you would think they have received help from tons of people.

      • David García Abril

        To give you an idea, the author of the light novel said in an interview once that he’s uncapable of writing a new female character in this series without making her fall for him.

        So… yeah…

        Although to be fair, Kirito is aware of it most of the time, and does his best for not hurting their feelings, since he falls for Asuna and stays that way.

        • ShadowDivz

          Wtf? How is he unable to write a female character who falls for Kirito? Just NOT have her fall in love with him.

          • David García Abril

            To be fair, I think he was exaggerating.

            He probably does it because it has become a staple of the franchise and fans kind of expect it.

            After all, SAO haters aren’t going to stop hating it if he stopped writing it that way.

            Still, not a good reason.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    I sense NTR

  • TheExile285

    She looks like a tsun tsun to me :P

  • Damarius Wingfield

    *Being Redundant* I like anime!

  • Aristides

    My soul weeps ;_; I must have this….

  • natchu96

    The way people tell me about the first game it seemed nearly turn-based esque.

    If my assumption about that is true . . . what’s wrong with ARPGs? I like actually swinging my swords dammit. We got not VR here, that’s the next best thing.

  • Well I complained the first was on PSP, hope there’s a demo for this

  • Sapitntapit

    Oh man, I CANNOT wait to hold hands with her.

  • DyLaN

    Are the key visual done using CG model? Because if it is tht some pretty damn good CG model. Hope the CG cutscene in HF is as nice as the one in IM~ Nice design for New girl btw.

    Btw, have they announced who is doing the sprite art for HF? One of the cut-in in the SS looks like the anime artstyle. For the record, may I know who is doing the sprite art in IM?

    -SS reinterpretation-

    Brahams: Stop posing and help me dammit!

  • zweii

    What I would like to know is why she has a Sword Breaker weapon?
    For Sword Art Online thats a very overpowered weapon.

    • InfectedAI

      The games are a different canon than the rest of the franchise. They tend to mix things up a bit. ie Pulling characters from later in the story into earlier story arcs.

    • Chrono_Knight

      Kirito used the Outside System Skill: Arms Blast to destroy weapons (As well as Spell Blast to counter spells in ALO). Maybe it makes using it easier?

  • Prinny Dood

    Grrrrr!!!! Better annouce a english release

    • Renaldi Saputra

      umm it’s Namdai.. so it’s quite hard

  • ReiSakuraba

    It still looks like a PSP game… With slightly improved resolutions and not so improved lightings

  • David García Abril

    Gotta say, I’m liking the graphics of this game more and more!

    We still have to see if the animations are at the same level, but models, textures and lighting look great!

  • Vash bane

    interesting it looks just like that thing they fought in the tower except that one was OP lol. hnng same question as themightykamina lol that gut is like a freaking… no he is a freaking magnet.

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