Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment Has A Feature Inspired From The Anime

By Sato . February 25, 2014 . 4:32pm

In addition to all the heroines you’ll be able to go on dates with in Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, you’ll get to meet up to 100 different characters to become friends with. Dengeki gives us a look at some of the cooperative skills you’ll be using with them, and monsters you’ll be fighting.


The “Switch” technique is one of Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment’s new abilities. When used, it’ll automatically switch your enemy’s target player to another. So, for example, if you want to use a slow sword skill or an item, you might want to use Switch so you don’t get hit. You can activate it by pressing the bottom right button on the screen.


According to Dengeki, the Switch ability was featured in the light novel and the second episode of the anime, when Kirito and Asuna faced “Illfang the Kobold Lord” and pulled off some sweet cooperative moves, which was the inspiration behind the new ability in the game.




The above is a look a one of the fierce monsters, called “Shadow Phantasm” that you’ll be fighting alongside Philia. She is shown giving Kirito a heads up whenever the enemy is about to do a powerful attack.


As previously mentioned, you’ll be able to befriend over 100 different NPC characters who can join you in your adventures, such as Shinya, shown in the above images.


If you’d rather befriend girls, there will be plenty, such as Cocoa shown being carried by Kirito. Just make sure to tell Asuna before leaving her waiting in her wedding dress!


The wedding dress will be available as a first-print bonus for Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment in Japan, and it can be worn by other female characters.


Finally, here’s one for you Kirito x Suguha fans. There will be many other scenes like these with heroines such as Asuna, Yui, Lisbeth, Silica, and Strea.


Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will be released on April 24th in Japan for PlayStation Vita.

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  • Will John

    How is that new? It was in the first game too lol

  • Raze


    You can give order to your partner in the first game including switch, use skills etc etc…

  • TheExile285

    Dat Sugu pic!

    • DeAndre Atchison

      Needs more rika

  • David García Abril

    So… there’s gonna be a “wincest” route? (shudders… And yes, in the bad way)

    • DyLaN

      There ady one back there in IM. I don’t know the details though since the section of it in the wiki is empty.

      Marrying cousins is legal in Japan, if it helps.

      • David García Abril

        Yeah, I already know that you can marry you cousin in Japan.

        It still doesn’t make it OK.

        Suguha didn’t know they weren’t real siblings until she was 12, at the earliest. By that time, psychologically speaking, Kirito IS totally her brother.

  • Dark Zerato

    How could Kirito confess to Asuna that he’s cheating on her ? That would be suicide.

    • TheExile285

      Because this is a game and not canon.

    • Well, don’t cheat on her! I will be comitting myself to asuna! :)

  • Land of Green Pasture

    upupupu…. I hope there will be tentacle despair route… upupupu..

  • Pdugna

    I still don’t get how Suguha is here…..isn’t this during the SAO years where they were trapped?

    • Kelohmello

      There was a bug that merged SAO and ALO, which she was playing at the time.

      • Pdugna

        ahh ok guess that is something I glossed over when reading these things.

      • Does the kirito in the game knows that is actually Suguha?and vice versa?

        • Kelohmello

          Yeah. Remember that in SAO, unlike ALO, their characters reflect their IRL selves.

          • DyLaN

            Leafa doesn’t turn back into Sugu though since there no one to give her the mirror.

            And she revealed herself to Kirito immediately after they met anyway.

          • Kelohmello

            I wasn’t implying Leafa turned into Suguha at all. Kirito on the other hand looks like he does IRL, which is why the first time she sees him she knows exactly who he is.

          • DyLaN

            Sry then.

      • DyLaN

        IIRC, it was later revealed that Sugu used a NG to log into SAO with her ALO account.

  • Kornelious

    “Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment Has A Feature Inspired From The Anime”
    ……..Well I’d hope so, it is made after it (And also, Wincest for the win lol JK)

  • lordsofskulls

    XD Localize it already and stop teasing us….

    • Renaldi Saputra

      I’m afraid we won’t get it.. Bamco refuse to localize the Vita version of Shin Gundam Musou.. Vita is facing death in US, so maybe we won’t get any Vita exclusive games (including Digimon Cyber Sleuth) by Bamco if I can say..

      • lordsofskulls

        I dont know about Vita Facing death… in last 2 months we had alot of awesome news of games coming out this year, and seem very strong year for RPGs… not to mention games that recently were released.

        Such as Toukiden and Danganronpa:trigger happyhavoc

        it seems this year for PS Vita is already the strongest than it ever was before, and the PS4 brought alot of life and support from developers back into it.

        Especially with showing support for RPGs/How badly we want them on PS Vita alot of developers seem to had noticed and are importing alot of RPGs for us from japan.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          sorry I mean, only Bamco that thought Vita is dead in US, so I’m afraid we won’t see ANY Bamco’s Vita games, especially exclusive only for Vita..

          we now can only see Vita games in US probably from NISA, Atlus, XSeed or Aksys.. the others? I don’t think so.. The Dragon ball battle of Z one I think it didn’t do well on Vita

          plus, SAO is an anime adaptation game, even it got very lower chances

  • Chow

    Okay, phew. I thought this “feature” would be something like not being able to log off.

    Just imagine.

  • I actually like that Kirito x Suguha picture. I’m not for wincest, but it still looks nice. Brother and sisters can be that close without it having to be…ya know…*ahem* moving on, SILICA WILL BE MINE! (well, Kirito’s to be precise) xD

  • Renaldi Saputra

    more NTR please

  • Tatsuya Fabre

    Hah, Klein’s reaction to Kirito carrying Cocoa.

  • DyLaN

    The Shadow Phantasm boss reminds me of one of the boss in TLS (the one you have to hit with spells to attack).

    I saw it as “Rape Kobold Sentinel” ;D

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