Aww, You Can Hold Hands With Your Partner In Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

By Sato . November 30, 2013 . 5:00pm

Namco Bandai recently shared some new information on their upcoming PlayStation Vita title, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, that introduces a new character to the series by the name of Philia, along with Kirito customizations and four player co-op. The game’s official website updates us with new actions and more.





Here’s another look at Philia, the mysterious girl Kirito meets at the “Hollow Area”.



In Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, you’ll be able to explore the world with your own partners. The game features a partner system that allows for different actions such as holding hands, after furthering your relationship status with the character.



If holding hands isn’t enough, you can also be your partner’s knight in shining armor by holding them in your arms, as you walk around town.




In the previous PSP title, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, there was a town called Arc Sophia, where the characters used as a home base to strategize for their next dungeon run. The town will also be there in Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, and it’s also where you’ll be starting the game.


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

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  • Xerain

    –If holding hands isn’t enough, you can also be your partner’s knight in
    shining armor by holding them in your arms, as you walk around town.–


    • John Diamond

      does it change the gameplay up though

      • Sergio Briceño

        Reminds me of the beginning of Infinite Undiscovery, and it was a significant change then too. But I really don’t think you’ll be running away from fireballs while holding carrying any girl in this game, it’s probably retricted to hubs.

      • Xerain

        It’s seemingly in-town only.

        But lets not kid ourselves. We don’t buy these games for the gameplay. We buy them for the PLOT.

        • John Diamond

          oh, what’s the plot then?

          • Xerain

            Kirito shows everyone in town what is under Asuna’s Skirt.

  • SnackEater

    Gonna be holding hands all da time

  • Azzrem


    10 % ~> over 9000!!

  • GHAmer

    He is showing everyone in town what is under Asuna’s skirt, LOL

  • Pdugna

    Though it is a bit weird to be holding the girl like that all through town…I mean its more natural just to hold hands lol

    • Xerain

      In Dragon Quest 1…. yes, that old game, I woudl purposely NOT return the princess to the castle after rescuing her so I could walk around carrying her like that for as long as possible. Gets me wondering if it’s possible to beat the game like that…

      • InfectedAI

        Sounds like a lets play opportunity. Reminds me of people beating Half-Life 2 with the gnome.

        • Pyrotek85

          I decided to do that achievement on a whim once, actually wasn’t too bad. It’s just a shame he wasn’t heavier or you could use him as a weapon more effectively with the gravity gun.

        • Xerain

          It would probably only be worth a single video. All you get for rescuing the princess is the ability to see your tile co-ordinates, which makes it easier to find the Token you need for beating the game in the big swap. However if you’ve played the game before, it’s possible to recognize the tile by sight.

          Considering the princes is being held captive in a cave you have to pas through regularly…. You can just postpone rescuing her until you’re level 18-20, have the rainbow drop, and good equipment. Then just pick her up on the way to the final boss…

          Considering the GBC version was made easy mode and can be beaten in about a day, I might give it a shot.

          • Brandonmkii

            You don’t even need to rescue her! I’ve beaten the SNES version without even beating the green dragon.

          • Xerain

            Didn’t think so. Though I couldn’t rule out the game forcing you to rescue her through some kind of plot rocks. For example, by not letting the rainbow bridge appear until you rescued her or something like that.

            Anyhow, I wonder if you’ll do the over world walk over with her in your arms after you beat it? Woudl sort of fit the series canon.

          • Brandonmkii

            It’s basically the same ending, but the princess is just…gone.Nobody says anything about her still being locked in a cage somewhere. It’s kind of funny.

  • Holylifestar

    Please localize this one. Please. xD

    • Renaldi Saputra

      anime adaptation + developed by namdai + not Jump related = low chance

      • David García Abril

        You forgot “+ a franchise that in the West is niche at best”. :(

        • Renaldi Saputra

          hmm namco bandai is very well known in the west, but just with their naruto one piece power ranger pac man tales tekken dragon ball and many mainstream games

      • Strid

        I like how tellin’ the truth gets you downgraded around here. Filthy vermin, I swear.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          1. SAO fags
          2. those whose hopes got crushed

  • Erena Arisu

    we dont need another shining ark pls.

    • mockturtle

      Aaaand you made me remember Shining Ark, which never came out here. Now I’m sad. :(

  • Kami nii

    Aww!! I need this in my life right now!! not only I can make my own character I can also show affection??!! I need this badly right now! Please Localize!!

    • Renaldi Saputra

      you can’t create your own character, you just can customize your own “Kirito”

      • Kami nii

        Still different, I would not mind the name if its the same, it is still a completely different character if I make it look to my liking.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          but I assume the customization will be very limited

          • Xerain

            I assume it will actually be decent. Remember int eh second part of SAO Kirito doesn’t give a damn about his appearance and just hits random. It was just a “coincidence” on the author’s part that he ended up kind of sort of looking like Kirito did in Aincrad.

            So i really don’t see any reason why you won’t have access full array of hair styles and colors at the very least. And they will almost certainly allow you to change clothing color at the very least so you can tell your character apart from others in multiplayer.

    • fyi1191

      Custom Kirito is probably online mode only. Story will stick us with him till the end.

  • They have no idea how happy they’ve made people lol

  • Warren

    So are there other girls to date cause i really dont like her (dont remember her name)?

    • TheExile285


      • Warren

        Yeah her

    • deadMastershiro

      I know what you mean should have been lissbeth.

      • Bigabu Beaze

        I second that.

      • Warren

        Yeah ill take her instead

    • Demeanor

      I’ll take Silica, thank you :P

    • [S]unjΔy of Equestria

      I don’t like Asuna, i’m hoping that Suguha or Lisbeth are characters :D

  • TheExile285

    Yep, definitely gonna import this at some point. I hope Leafa is in this but if she isn’t, I’ll just go for the Noel look alike~

    • Ric Vazquez

      It’s sad but the gameas good as it may be is probably not getting localized, ever. (:

  • Weeb


  • Raze

    That town again?
    I hope this time the other town aren’t just point and click….

    And what’s with the holding and carrying thing?
    That’s lewd…

    • DyLaN

      Here to hoping there more towns. But then again I doubt the dev are given a lot of budget for a “milking” game.

  • Tyler Beale

    Funny how the first time I heard of SAO, I thought it was just another MMO…

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Holding hands? The last time I did that in a game was ICO…
    This has piqued my interest to look for other games that let you hold hands.
    Other than that… it reminds me of Double Arts (manga) lol
    (Obviously there are gonna be tons of VNs… but I’m looking for more control over the actual character)

    • s07195

      Did you play Shining Ark?

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        No… and wow. I could only remember Shining Hearts and Blade as the recent “Shining” games.
        I shall go check this out. Thank you!

        • s07195

          You’re welcome. ;)

    • TrueDefault

      My best experience in virtual hand holding was between Kiryu and Haruka in Yakuza. The worst was Fable 3.

  • tubers

    Needs piggy back ride.. maybe its DLC LOL!

  • Chaos_Knight

    Why can’t real life be like this??? ;_;

    • Renaldi Saputra

      because you’re not kirito.. simply like that

  • GH56734

    Didn’t the PSP game include something far more ..risky? I mean sure it’s implied, but it’s definitely there and is clearly adapting a certain official adult-themed chapter.

    • DyLaN

      Last I recall, 16.5 is not counted as official and just something the writer wrote for lols.


    • Renaldi Saputra

      umm it’s Namdai

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Well, it is Namdai who bring PxZ, Tales of, and upcoming Jojo Bizzare adventure here. So, i am not sure if we will get this game here.T_T

        • Renaldi Saputra

          since this is an adaptation of existing anime and not Jump related, well then.. as I said before

        • DyLaN

          Well, this isn’t a Jump title and Namdai anime games don’t usually come over….

          • Renaldi Saputra

            since 2011 Namdai hardly bring any niche games to the west

  • Abhishek Posooa

    I’d be interested,only if we didn’t play as Kirito and created our own character.

  • PreyMantis

    Do we also get to do that one thing they did when they were together in their digital house?

  • Renaldi Saputra

    too much romance things
    oh what if your partner is a male?

    • DyLaN

      Its a “mainstream” game so i doubt they will put in a gay option.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        but I heard extretra did it… eh?
        there’s one or more male partner(s)

  • David García Abril

    Nice idea, Namco Bandai.

    But you know that after this, if you make a third game and keep going up with it, the next step is to pull off a “Chapter 16.5”, if you know what I mean…


  • Stranger On The Road

    The important question is, is it dependent on the first game?

    There is a small chance of a PSP game being localized at this point, a PS Vita game has a better chance….. although if the PSP copy comes as a digital only copy with the PS Vita version then that would be better :-)

    • Renaldi Saputra

      let me give correction
      PSP games have no chance at all

      • Zak Ledward

        If I remember correctly Xseed is bringing a Tales in The Sky game to the PSP later next year, so it’s not “No Chance At All” it’s, “A chance so low that it’s basically 0%”

        • Renaldi Saputra

          it’s PS3, not PSP
          and the title is Sen no Kiseki a.k.a. Trails in the Sky

          • Lynx

            Except they’re not bringing Sen over? They’re bringing Sky 2, on PSN and Steam.

            Sora no Kiseki = / = Sen no Kiseki

            They couldn’t bring Sen over without the other games either.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            wait, isn’t that PS3?

          • Lynx

            That’s Sen.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            I mean, on what console?

          • Lynx

            Read Zak’s post.

            You basically said they were wrong. I was correcting you.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            oh I see.. ah yes, it’s PSP too, ok my bad
            sorry for the misunderstanding

          • Zak Ledward

            Ah, really? I apologize then. Still recently the BRS game got localized (back in early 2013) and despite that it wasnt great it still made it. In anycase i think the success is born more out of the hype fpr the game/company then the console. Its kind of like KH3. Everyone wants it for ps2 but they’ll buy a ps4 if they uave to to play it.

            The Title messup is because i unconsciously think that ToS auto stands for Tales of the Sky, too much Xillia i guess.

    • DyLaN

      Until more information show up, I will assume this is another non-canon take on Aincrad arc just like IM.

    • Zak Ledward

      Concerning whether this has anything to do with the first game, i highly doubt it. The PSP game was kind of like its own game as it went on tbis tangent on of the game continued PAST Heathcliffe due to a “virus” that hits the game. Plus they added Leafa who isnt even part of SAO in so yeah, standalone

  • Shady Shariest

    Oh…The lag will definitely make this feature more exciting…

  • chibidw

    Are you stuck with Asuna? I must be the only person on the planet who doesn’t like Asuna.

    • Eilanzer

      nah i don´t like asuna or kirito =/

      • Renaldi Saputra

        me too, they’re annoying

    • Demeanor

      Imho Suguha >>> Asuna

      • TheExile285

        Wise man is wise

        • Xerain

          But Asuna is the best match for Kirito.
          This leaves Suguha available.

          • TheExile285


        • Raltrios

          Shinon > All

      • [S]unjΔy of Equestria

        Pour that truth tea!

    • Pyrotek85

      I don’t hate her but I do feel like she’s overrated. Of course we see her the most since she’s with Kirito though.

    • DyLaN

      In IM you can choose the other available love interests and I have a feeling this will implement it too.

    • [S]unjΔy of Equestria

      I don’t like her either.

  • Charmchar

    Cool feature that should be in more RPG (♥ω♥*)

    • Renaldi Saputra

      but many of RPG don’t have dating sims element and you can’t force that thing in an RPG

      • Charmchar

        True enough Renaldi :D, but i was talking about Jrpg (Sorry should have made that more clear) and most to all Jrpg have some sort of romantic tension between the main character and other cast member. :)

        • Renaldi Saputra

          even if it’s JRPG you can’t force it. Except if it’s CERO B++

          • Charmchar

            you wouldn’t force it, the more the characters fall for each other, you can eventually unlock the ability to hold hands, carry her, etc :).

            Holding her hand as his or her character model blushes a little :).

          • Renaldi Saputra

            I mean, forcing all JRPG to implement dating sims element

          • DyLaN

            Why not? Instead of being defaulted to one love interest isn’t it better to have options and multiple routes/ending depending on the love interest you picked? Granted, not all JRPG needs it but its a nice option.

          • Charmchar


          • Renaldi Saputra

            hmmm depends on the type of JRPG, still..

  • Aristides

    Cutest shit ever, my soul weeps every time I see this game ;_; we need this in the west!

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Atlus USA won’t do this bcos this is Namdai

      • Aristides

        I think only XSEED or NISA would have the muscle to pull this off if anyone that is ;_;.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          Sorry, but Namco Bandai doesn’t allow any third-parties like NISA or XSEED to handle their exclusive games like this

          • Lynx

            Because nope, that’s never happened.

            Oh wait.
            Ar Tonelico and SRW never happened.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            what did u mean?
            did SRW got localized not by Namdai itself?

          • Lynx

            Atlus did it.
            And AT was NISA, both BanNam IPs.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            IIRC, AT was Gust, even though there’s banpresto related in it. And it’s not Namdai’s exclusive games.. like Toki to Towa

            btw SRW OG is a 2008 game

          • Lynx

            NISA published them AFTER Banpresto was acquired by Bandai Namco, thus making them Bandai Namco IPs. Developer =/= Publisher. Gust was the developer, not the owner of the IP.

            And OG was actually 06. For both games. Z came out in 08.

          • Kelohmello

            Just because a company publishes a game doesn’t make them the owner of the IP.

          • Lynx

            Where did I imply that? Because that’s not what I said. Banpresto owned a good majority of AT, so when Bandai Namco bought them, that percentage carried over, giving them the controlling stake. That’s part of the reason Gust can’t technically use the name anymore, see Ar no Surge for instance.

  • Uso Ewin

    Can I throw her off ledges?

  • Kintama

    Hold hands, huh…
    She might get pregnant

    • Renaldi Saputra

      get pregnant inside online games.. uggh, I wonder how it will be

  • This looks like a PSP engine

    • DyLaN

      Do PSP game look so jaggies-less though?

    • Kelohmello

      It’s probably running on the same thing the original was running on, and that was for PSP.

  • Chido55

    I woulda have loved these if its not Kirito we’re playin.
    And no, design your own Kirito is not gonna help the fact that we still had ‘Kirito’ in that option.

  • Алексей Гришин

    “You Can Hold Hands With Your Partner”
    Meh. If only I could grab Asuna’s leg and use her like a mace…

  • darkfox1

    Maximum lewdness

  • ivanchu77

    I see awesome potencial with the fact that you can hold her in your arms

  • [S]unjΔy of Equestria

    This game looks awesome, I can’t wait to carry Suguha! I just hope they localize it, the didn’t localize the PSP game.

  • S- Class Wizard KaRamo

    i’ll hold asuna anyday i’m sold

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    You Can Hold Hands With Your Partner in a game, with in a game within a game

    • Renaldi Saputra

      within a game ception

  • QueenDecim

    All of my cringe

  • Yan Zhao

    What are teh chances of a localization for this? This is one of those Vita games I actually want!

    • Anime10121

      Zero to none :(

      • Yan Zhao

        Dreams crushed.

  • Sergio Macellaro

    Looks wayyyyy better than psp version (no surprise) now the graphics seems decent.
    If it comes, i buy without doubt.
    But Namco still to launch the 2 tales of games for PSV first.

  • Vash bane

    it would seem “relationships” are making there way in some of ever rpg now.

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