Namco Bandai continue to pump out content regarding Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment with a slew of new images and screenshots that put some key characters in the spotlight. Furthermore the Japanese mega-studio are intent on making Hollow Fragment be the rebirth of the series when it hits the Japanese market next year rather than simply another entry and have made some key improvements to ensure the game feels fresh.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment’s story will start with protagonist Kirito exploring a previously unknown region of Aincrad which goes by the ominous title of the“Hollow Area”. It is there where he will encounter a enigmatic girl who will attack him and with the confrontation a new chapter in the Sword Art Online saga begins.
The game looks to be dramatic upgrade from other entries in the franchise in terms of battle. Whereas the fighting in previous entries of the franchise could feel stiff, Hollow Fragment introduces a few key additions that add to the game’s action based combat. Through a system titled “Infinity Movement” players will now be able to side-step enemy attacks and avoid damage entirely. The added agility to lead character Kirito will feel fluid and natural.
As mentioned in the intro a bunch of new characters were also introduced, along with information on one of the games boss creatures which goes by the title of Hollow Reaper. The Hollow Reaper, which has been seen in both screenshots and trailers for the game, appears in the Hollow Area and utilizes its front legs like farmers sickles in order to attack.
It’s not all evil though as art for characters Kirito, Asuna, and the “mysterious girl” were also revealed. Lacking a name doesn’t mean that the “mysterious girl” is excluded, in fact her character includes an additional image that details much of her appearance and weaponry.