By Sato . February 24, 2014 . 12:01pm
In addition to Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment’s mysterious new character, Philia, the game will have a number of other characters you’ll be able to befriend and take on dungeons with. In a new update, Bandai Namco show off some of the notable characters you’ll encounter, along with a few new features in the upcoming Vita game.
Sachi is a timid girl, who was a member of Kirito’s first group of friends in the Moonlit Black Cats guild from the original Aincrad in Sword Art Online. She’ll be returning in the upcoming Vita game, but it still remains a mystery as to how.
Some of you may remember this guy from Sword Art Online. Kibaou helped out in the first boss fight of the series. He speaks in a Kansai dialect, and seems to have something against beta testers of the original game, as he continuously calls Kirito a “Beater”.
Argo sold information to other players in the original Aincrad. She is also known as “Argo the rat,” and was originally a beta tester, similar to Kirito.
Like the PSP title, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, you’ll get to form parties and go on adventures with befriended characters.
There are over 75 levels in Aincrad, with over 100 different players. You’ll be able to decide who you want to be friends with out of any of them to go on raids.
As you communicate more with AI partners, you’ll be increasing relationship parameters, and you’ll even be able to mark some of their battle actions with “good” and they’ll use them more frequently.
The battle UI has a similar look to today’s MMORPGs, littered with skills, which can be set to shortcuts. Customizing the game to your liking will be a must for players looking to get to high levels in the game.
Having your equipment in tip-top shape will also be important in conquering the dungeons of Aincrad. Lisbeth will have an arms shop in Arc Sophia, where you’ll get to enhance and create weapons.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will have the ten weapons from the previous game: dagger, one-handed sword, shamshir, rapier, dual swords, two-handed axe, spear, blade, and two-handed sword.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will be released on April 24, 2014 for PlayStation Vita.