Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment Brings New Character Philia Into Battle

By Spencer . February 10, 2014 . 2:10am

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment has a mysterious new character named Philia. She’s connected to a shady guild and has orange rep. However, in this trailer it looks like Philia regrets meeting the hooded character and she is one of Kirito’s allies. If you don’t trust Philia you can choose to partner with Leafa, Asuna, and Silica are also in the PlayStation Vita game.

 

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment comes out on April 24 for PlayStation Vita.


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  • Ren Yuumei

    Looks like you only got 4 attacks

    • Renaldi Saputra

      it can be set, though

    • tubers

      1:07 of the vid, it seems there’s 8. Probably a combination of shoulder + [ ], /, O and X buttons.

      IMO, there should be an option to tweak the U and make an actual translucent skill bar w/ opacity control sorta like an MMO if the player wants to.

      Maybe PSO2 VITA is the only game that’ll ever do that on the system as a “higher budget game”.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        not higher but highest budget

    • Christopher C

      Yes well maybe you can switch up what attacks are set to each command. It’s far from being a new idea.

    • s07195

      1, 2 and…… POOF! Kirito forgot how to use Sword Slash! (Making this up)

  • makubexnas
    • Land of Green Pasture

      That’s why I love real life! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    • artemisthemp

      Upskirt :P

    • Somebodyissilent

      But they are both in a game world….

  • Altin

    Guys, I think we can officially start to ship “KiritoPhilia” now! :D

    • David García Abril

      Well, you could say that all of the girls in Kirito’s harem are…

      (Puts sunglasses on)

      Kirito-philes…

      YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!

      • God

        Every singe female in SAO is Kiritosexual, i mean, not even his sister is safe…

  • Just Tim

    Bonus points if Philia is actually from a cheater guild that was meant to be permabanned, but got a friend in management that prevented that said permaban.

    • Chiupon

      SAO doesn’t contain those levels of thought or plot involvement, sorry.

      • God

        Apparently, the newer novels do (something i just learned), but cosidering how much focus Kirito’s harem recieves on the trailers, my guess is you can expect a level of plot below E.T… the videogame…

    • Luke Blackwood

      You know that there is no actual cheating in SAO as I believe it is somewhat hard to create a cheat program while INSIDE the game, right?

      • Just Tim

        I’m talking about rigged games, bug and lag exploitations….those.

        I don’t even watch SAO, to the point I brought it up.

        • God

          Still can’t happen…

          • Just Tim

            Tell that to former Fantasy Earth Zero players.

        • Luke Blackwood

          Either way, there is no actual management besides Kayaba Akihito within the game, no proper rules.

          There isn’t anything you can do to become a cheater, and even if you did, there probably wouldn’t be any backlash since there is no GM or the sort. The whole “have a friend in management” idea is completely out of the blace here.

          • Just Tim

            Still, I knew about it sometime the MMO shut down.

            I repeat: I haven’t read or watched SAO to the point I brought it up.

  • David García Abril

    Comments that say “Can I play as someone else? Kirito sucks!” incoming in

    3…
    2…
    1…

    • Land of Green Pasture

      aside from the customization feature…. you’re still Kirito, except you are your “own” Kirito…

      • Fsteak

        Teehee, the devs are acknowledging that he’s a blatant wish-fulfillment self-insert character.

        • Chiupon

          kirito is the epitome of gary stu

      • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

        Nah now you can change his name as well, you no longer play as him (And thats why now im interested in the game).

        • God

          But the game will still treat you as kirito…

          • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

            In what sense? If you choose the name then there (I suppose) wont be VA for Kirito name.

            If you mean personality wise then well at least you can customize the exp.

          • God

            Personality wise, how the other characters treat you, and at least in Bravely Default, they let you change the name of the characters, but during scenes, they are still refered to by their original names.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            this pict reveals all.. you’re still being called “Kirito-kun”
            http://www.duniaku.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/sao05_11_cs1w1_720x-640×360.jpg

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Can I play as a female? Kirito sux

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Yuhuuuuu. Sachi is there.^_^

  • Raze

    So there’s another kind of “orange” here…lol…

    And oh yeeah the battle is faster too…

    Still on the ship with Sinon no matter what…

  • DyLaN

    No one noticed these (attached pics) yet? Klein I can understand, but Sachi being able to be Kirito partner….. (Notice the lower right of Sachi screenshot)

    http://i.imgur.com/QLSjcxG.jpg
    Don’t care abt Cactushead, but Argo is back! ^_^

    http://sao-hf.bngames.net/system/weapon.php
    The “weapon” section in the main page is opened.

    • David García Abril

      Maybe it’s a flashback?

      • DyLaN

        Well, that one way to explain it.

        • Christopher C

          It does look like that dungeon where she died.

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    Any news of localization?

    • Renaldi Saputra

      In chinese, yes

      • Skeptika Crediblus

        Oh thank GOD.

        • God

          No need to thank me, the suffering of the North Americans is thanks enough.

          • Anewme…Again

            God sure have a lot of times to waste.
            Where do i apply to become God ?

          • God

            We are not taking applicants right now, the easiest way is to make yourself a deity in some fictional work, thus when you die your mind ascends to Valhalla… but i reccomend you avoid becoming a japanese one, it’s a little crowded.

  • lordsofskulls

    USA release pls. Thank You. Here a wheel barrel full of money. *bows*

    Like honestly why can’t we have like JRPG developers use kickstarter to decide if a game should be released in The West? Meet certain thresh mark it let them know if to release digital or physical and if the game is in demand here…… someone one translate it in Japanese and send it to them….

    • Varnes

      Oh how i wish they would use kickstarter for stuff like this! quickly everyone send Bandai Namco a message! (i think that’s the company?)

    • Yan Zhao

      Thats what I’ve been saying. Kickstarter is literally no risk for both the developers and the backers. But hey, that would be the intelligent thing to do. We cant have that can we?

      • God

        I’m pretty sure you can lose you money if the company doing the fundraising decides to just back off.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          bcos it’s Bandai Namco, unless you fans do a petition and much sharing to gain supports

          • God

            What does hat have to do with what i said?

          • Renaldi Saputra

            ah forget it

          • God

            I didn’t understand what you said in teh first place, so no problem.

  • Aristides

    This is worth learning Japanese for ;_;

  • Christopher C

    It says “I die” at the end, FYI. Thank you google translate.

  • Vash bane

    so this like before certain events in the anime? seeing a character we now for a fact died early on

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