We get a look at Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment’s AI growth, as well as the results of a player analysis and some costume screens.
One of the main focuses of the Hollow Fragment will be to build social relationships with other characters; not only for romantic purposes, but also because their usefulness in combat grows with your bond. While going on romantic dates will enrich your relationship with the heroines on a personal level, you can also bond with them on the battlefield.
There’s also the Player Analysis feature for your partners, which will give you a read-out (shown above) of how your partner is doing after a battle.
From top to bottom, this is what the text in the screenshot says – according to SGCafe:
Favourite sword skill: Penetrate
Commonly used attack support skill: War Cry
Commonly used defense support skill: Parrying
Commonly used debuff suppor skill: Hiding Slide
Damage Dealer. One who often aids you with Switches and Combo Skills in combat. A reliable partner who risks life and limb alongside you.
Relationship level: Closeness Rank 3
Max damage: 0
The Player Analysis menu also has three diamond-shaped diagrams in the lower left corner that give you an indication of the attack type, defense, and buffing/debuffing actions your partner will tend to perform.
- The red diamond (attack type) shows combo skills (left), attack support (center) and switches (right)
- The blue diamond (defense) shows covering Kirito (top), drawing hate or aggro from enemies (middle) and defense support (bottom)
- The green diamond (buffs/debuffs) shows healing (top), stunning enemies (middle) and debuffing support (bottom)
When these play styles are changed through providing feedback to your partner and you meet certain pre-determined conditions, the various heroine costumes that you see below can be unlocked for selection;
In addition, it’s been noted that while the PSP Sword Art Online title didn’t have an inventory management system (much to many a user’s dismay), the PlayStation Vita title will – there’s a couple of screens to check out below;
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is set to release April 24th in Japan, with Tyler and I still praying to the gods of gaming for some localization love.