Hold Onto Your Man, Asuna; Leafa And Silica Join Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

By Sato . December 10, 2013 . 6:55pm

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Looks like Asuna won’t be the only girl you can be holding hands with in Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, as Dengeki reveals that Leafa, Silica, and all the heroines from the previous PSP game, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, will be joining the upcoming Vita title.

 

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The screenshot above is a look at an event featuring Leafa along with a character by the name of Sinon, who appeared in the PSP game and the light novel series. This is just one of the many events that will be featured in Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment. Events will also have a touch-screen feature, allowing you to go through them with ease.

 

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Here’s another look at the mystery heroine by the name of Philia, who Kirito will be meeting in the Hollow Area, an unexplored part of the new Aincrad. According to Dengeki, Philia is an “Orange Player,” meaning that she has previously committed some sort of crime.

 

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We also get a glimpse of the Hollow Area, along with a look at screen that shows various displays. There will be two completely new maps along with new bosses. On the right is a look at one of the new boss fights, where you can see a party of eight characters taking it on.

 

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment comes out on April 24, 2014, for PlayStation Vita, which will also have a meaty limited edition version.


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  • TheExile285

    This game has Leafa = Sold

    • PoweredByHentai

      It has Silica AND Leafa. SOLD!!!!!

      • Raze

        DAMMIT!!!

        You all spell Sinon wrong

        • PoweredByHentai

          Sinon is okay but for some reason she kept aggro-ing monsters even though I’m better suited to tanking.

          • Raze

            Because She’s stubborn?
            But yeah she’s always like that when i tried fighting the 3 extra bosses in first game…
            But it’s not really matter if you can beat the monster fast enough…And beside she has the perfect hit skill….Where her attack will never miss….Pretty good buff for chaining skill…

          • PoweredByHentai

            It’s not that she’s stubborn that makes her a troublesome character. It is more of her defense stats are kind of bad against the stages where I’m paired up with her and her skills tend to aggro enemies for no reason.

            Lisbeth, Leafa, Asuna, Klein, that extra woman in Infinity Moment, and even Silica don’t have this problem of suddenly aggro-ing multiple enemies. This then becomes a problem of my needing to set Hate as an active skill as opposed to setting more attack skills to kill more efficiently.

        • Thrasher429

          My thoughts exactly.

        • Romancer Ecclesia

          yea, it’s supposed to be Sinonon <3

  • dark-kyon

    The best ever is left to the last.

  • Aesma

    Sinon is in! Instant buy!

  • S- Class Wizard KaRamo

    Leafa is in the game where is my wallet

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Why do I have this feeling that eventually, you’ll be able to date Philia?

    • DyLaN

      Well, Strea doesn’t have an ending in IM so….

    • Notquitesure?

      Hope so.

  • wererat42

    Never understood what the appeal of SA:O was.

    Log Horizon does the whole ‘trapped in a game’ gig so much better, after .hack.

    • Xerain

      I’d say the characters are more appealing to the existing .hack fan base. Additionally, and I think this might be a key point, the characters seem to more or less always do exactly what the vast majority of fans want them to do at any given moment.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        not really, I bet quite a lot of SAO fans haven’t heard or played .hack series

        • Xerain

          But most of the.hack fans I know of and have seen some or all of SAO.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            that’s true but some many SAO fans have no clue about .hack bcos probably they’re new to seasonal anime and they’re born in 2000s

            .hack fans mostly know SAO bcos they have common things like online game and trapped in the game

          • Xerain

            Well obviously .hack fans watching it aren’t solely responsible for the show’s popularity, in general, as a popular anime. However consider my posts in the context of the original post I was replying to.

            Why is SAO more popular than Log Horizon among people who like “trapped in a game” anime and presumably know about .hack?

          • Renaldi Saputra

            why SAO is more popula than log horizon?
            If I can say, this is the same thing like pokemon and digimon. pokemon is more popular than digimon because ppl knew pokemon first as a monster genre anime, but most of them didn’t aware that Megami Tensei started it all long way before pokemon.. Just like .hack started it all long way before SAO and SAO is more popular than Log Horizon

          • darkbartz

            If I could offer up a point, .hack and Log Horizon are more of the MMO setting than anything else, as they utilize it well in their story. SAO uses it as a catalyst to adventure and uses it to tell a classic medieval adventure but not really.

            While the focus is always on the MMO-ness in LH and .hack, SAO focuses more on the story that coincides with the MMO, using that loophole in a classic adventure. This is emphasized on Kirito, who lives life fully in both the real-world and the MMO world, never comprising on both ends.

          • RickyMack

            Or that Phantasy Star Online started the raid genre before Monster Hunter.

            But that’s not the reason. I like both series a lot and am certainly planning on getting this game. I think the reason is that SAO and Log Horizon cater to different audiences. Although they’re both from light novels (which are targeted towards teens) and they may share a common theme of trapped in an online game, but their content is very dissimilar.

            SAO seems to cater moreso to the shounen “hotblooded” genre. It’s a story about a guy conquering difficulties through will power. The focus is on the characters, not on the game world.

            Log Horizon, on the other hand, seems to cater more so to fans of MMOs. The author’s goal is immersing the reader into the actual world of the game, which is what MMOs also do. So the focus is on the game world, rather than the characters.

            Also, the production quality is a lot higher on SAO and has more aesthetically pleasing character designs, making the show stand out a lot more. There was another anime from the same author of SAO with a similar video game theme called Accel World. It isn’t nearly as popular either.

        • DyLaN

          The only reason I heard of .hack (and eventually watched the .hack CG movie) is because ppl keep bringing it up.

        • Kaijumaster

          Watched and played all of .hack years ago when it first came out. Never could get into it. [Did like the second trilogy of games] then SAO came out andi will sing is praises from the hills.

    • Romancer Ecclesia

      The first volume of SAO was extremely good, I can’t say the same for Log Horizon coz I haven’t watched it yet.

      For the anime, Log Horizon>SAO.

      EDIT: IMO.

    • Rayhan PromisedGallery

      everything is better than SAO, even School Days and Yosuga no Sora

      • British_Otaku

        School Days is kinda awesome, though… >_>
        From asshole protagonists that get what’s coming to them and a cast of broken misfits is pretty entertaining… That ending is worth praise alone.

        • MrSirFeatherFang

          Damn guys, wow. I haven’t read/watch SAO but lol at these comments xD

          • British_Otaku

            I’ve gotten used to any new series with a lot of hype getting a massive hatedom, Attack on Titan also got one though it doesn’t feel as prominent as SAO which I’ve only seen 2 episodes of and at the least the concept seemed strong, the animation sound and such… >_>

    • David García Abril

      SAO has way higher stakes than “Log Horizon”, at least in the first arc, which is the one most people enjoy.

      “Log Horizon” also has a problem of having way too much exposition, to the point it holds the action scenes back big time. Say what you will about SAO, but poor exposition wasn’t one of its flaws, and its action scenes are unarguably spectacular.

      One thing that “Log Horizon” does better, though, is the characters. But granted, that’s not a difficult thing to pull off, since aside from Kirito, Asuna and Leafa, most characters in SAO don’t have nearly enough screentime. Plus, Kirito and Asuna only kinda work when they are together, and Leafa’s arc is completely tainted by the “imoto” element.

      • RickyMack

        I like both series and have read as much of the translated novels as are out for both of them.

        I’d have to say that Log Horizon’s author seems to have actual experience with MMOs, my background is FFXI -> WoW -> Warhammer Online -> Eve Online -> GW2.

        In Log Horizon there’s actual tactics involved with the fights, with the in series combat utilizing the trinity system which is common place in many MMOs. This is why there’s so much exposition and I can actually see Elder Tales being a legitimate game because its combat is modeled after real-life counterparts. In SAO, the combat system isn’t nearly as inspired by actual games. Frankly, I don’t see it as a flaw, but rather the aim is to appeal to a different audience.

        Without getting into the details, it also not accurate to say the stakes are higher in SAO. We haven’t quite learned what the stakes are yet…

  • Renaldi Saputra

    all heroines in PSP game? it means Strea too?

    • greg_67

      Was mentioned before in previous SAO Vita news but the Limited Edition boxart shows all the heroines from the PSP game so she seems likely to return as well. http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/SAOHF-LE_12-10_002.jpg

      • Renaldi Saputra

        I see

      • Romancer Ecclesia

        So the girls from IM and HF are gonna die for the sake of canon? How cruel :’(

        • DyLaN

          I think “canon” is ady thrown out of the proverbial window when you have character like Sinon and Leafa appearing.

          • Romancer Ecclesia

            On a personal level, canon refers to the LNs, thus when I said the IM/HF girls will die, it’s a logical theory based on the fact that they weren’t mentioned at all in the LNs.

            I’m not sure about the story of IF+HF, but if i’m not mistaken, I heard it continues from the 78th(?) floor where the Aincrad arc left off after Kayaba Akihiko was defeated and it fell apart. Aincrad was reopened at the end of the Leafa’s arc in volume 4 after Asuna was rescued, where Kirito & co. proceeded to continue to clear the floors till 100.

            I could be mistaken though, but that’s what I’m currently assuming since there’s a gap in the story with regard to the remaining floors in Aincrad.

          • DyLaN

            Well, IM is non-canon so you can take it as an AU tht doesn’t connect to the LN. All the girls except Strea (yes, even Yui) got an ending so obviously they didn’t die.

            Abt Strea, SPOILER WARNING:
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            She one of those Mental Health Counselling Program AI and she cannot exist out of Aincrad so she is deleted along with it. Maybe HF will fix it?

          • Romancer Ecclesia

            Ah that makes sense then! Thanks for clarifying.

        • fyi1191

          This game Kirito won’t even let one of them “die”.
          Time to hack when it happens.

  • greg_67

    Wanted to see more images of all the previous girls especially Strea but I guess perhaps it’ll be in the trailer.

  • DanielGearSolid

    Lets start a kickstarter, where we buy this game 1million times just to ensure it gets a worldwide release.

  • brostar

    Bah! I like the girls in Sword Art Online but I absolutely cannot stand Kirito. Can we have a sword art online game without him, please.

    • natchu96

      And then you get a game in the Underworld Starring Eugeo.

      Though frankly I won’t mind them making a GGO shooter either. But Japan doesn’t really make that kind of thing.

      • brostar

        I’d rather they took the original world and let you create your own character who relives the events in Sword Art Online. I really don’t like how they basically just abandoned one world in the anime and jumped into another. And then all the others ones from the Light novel. Geez….

        • DyLaN

          Seems like a lot of ppl didn’t got the note but whtever.

          The original SAO was something the author wrote for a competition but in the end he went over the word limit. He posted it on9 as a web novel and it got popular enough tht he went on to wrote sequels and side stories for it. It was after AW got published tht SAO got picked up and edited into LN format.

  • Soltrigger

    “Events will also have a touch-screen feature, allowing you to go through them with ease.” Giggity.

  • Aristides

    … I haven’t learned Japanese fast enough! ;_; I wish NB wasn’t the one making this game, chances of localization are close to never because of their Vitaphobia … and then there’s Girls und Panzer Vita… *sigh*

    • Xerain

      Buy it now and play it later after you finish learning. If your love is strong enough it won’t be a problem.

    • David García Abril

      Make no mistake, NO COMPANY will be willing to localize these games. At least at this point.

      SAO is a niche franchise at best, and this games seem to have way too much text to localize and make it profitable.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        however that’s the truth and how Namdai do with anime adaptation game that isn’t a part of Jump Shueisha even a major part like Dragon Ball etc

    • Renaldi Saputra

      even if it’s not Namdai, seems it’s kinda hard for such an existing anime adaptation game..

  • David García Abril

    I always wondered why they bother keeping Silica around.

    She’s completely pointless. She only has one filler episode and after that she’s nothing but background noise. The same could be said about Lizbeth, although at least she had a tiny link to Kirito as his personal blacksmith.

    The only girls that have some meaningful connection with him are Asuna, Leafa and Shinon (and from what I heard, Shinon doesn’t really fall in love with Kirito, apart from a couple of ship tease scenes).

    • DyLaN

      Well, she along with Liz and Leafa is popular enough to get their own spin-off manga so its something for her fans, I guess.

  • 40

    I have IM but never played it. Could someone tell if you could party up with Klein or the other guy?

    • DyLaN

      Not sure abt the NPCs, but I know you can partner up with Klein after the friendship meter is raised to a certain level.

      • 40

        Oh, good. Here’s hoping they allow you more options for your party members in HF.

  • Furu Chi

    Will this be localized?

    • Renaldi Saputra

      sorry dude “maybe” no

  • hawk222

    Eh, I never really could get behind the whole KirtioxLeafa thing… (She’s nice as a character and all, but she and Kirito just don’t work together.)

  • s07195

    Shinon!! (More Sawashiro Miyuki goodness!)

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