BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. announced that Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment will be coming to the Americas exclusively through PSN for the PlayStation 4 in summer 2015. The company is also pleased to announce that Sword Art Online: Lost Song is scheduled to launch at retail stores in the Americas for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
Both Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment and Sword Art Online: Lost Song feature original stories based on the light novel and anime Sword Art Online. Both games follow the simulated Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (VRMMORPG) gameplay from the Sword Art Online storyline.
In Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment, players will play as the main character, Kirito, and fight through all the levels of Aincrad to break free from being locked within the virtual game world. Players with save data from the PlayStation Vita version of the game on will be pleased to learn that some items from that game will be transferable to the PlayStation 4; additionally DLC from the PlayStation Vita title will be unlockable on the PlayStation 4 at a later date.
Sword Art Online: Lost Song is the third Sword Art Online console game adaption featuring a completely original storyline within the succeeding VRMMORPG called ALfheim Online.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is divided into two parts. The first is the “floor clearing” chapter, which is basically a remastered version of the previous game, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment. The second is a new “Hollow Area” chapter that allows multiplayer and adds new items, mobs, and story content, including scenes and quests, which involve the Laughing Coffin guild and a new orange player character, Philia. Orange Players are players in Sword Art Online who have committed crimes, such as stealing, harming players or even killing them. These players have their color cursor changed from green to orange to signify their status as criminals. Although Player Killers are termed as “red players” by other players, they still have orange coloured cursors, instead of red.
Sword Art Online: Lost Song includes a completely original story which primarily involves the exploration of “Svart Alfheim”, a new area of ALfheim Online comprised of a series of floating continents close to the World Tree.
For the first time in the series, players are able to play as characters other than Kirito. In addition, players are able to create their own custom characters, though the story mode will still progress as if you were playing as Kirito. Parties of up to three characters may be formed, up from two in the prior games.
In keeping with being set in ALfheim Online, players are able to fly as well as walk on the ground. However, walking within dungeons is mandatory. Auto-attacks are disabled while in flight mode, but players may instead target individual parts of an enemy’s body as they see fit. In addition, this game adds the ability to use magic to attack enemies or to provide support to one’s party. The game is the first in the series to allow for four-person online multiplayer.
Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment is scheduled to release digitally in the Americas for the PlayStation 4 in summer 2015. Sword Art Online: Lost Song is slated for a retail release on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in fall 2015.