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.