A Dengeki PlayStation interview with Yosuke Futami – the producer of Sword Art Online: Lost Song – has given us a ton of new information on the series.
Here are the key points taken from the interview;
- Lost Song won’t be as dark as previous Sword Art Online games.
- Game-original Rain will come into play midway into the story.
- Although Seven isn’t very skilled at the game, she is still the leader princess of the Shamrock guild.
- Shamrock has gameplay guides from the game’s real-life.
- Agil will be playable, and was chosen over Eugene.
- Affection Level no longer exists, but events are prompted by specific character combinations.
- The game has been in development since Hollow Fragment was in development as well, and therefore is not a sequel.
- The Hollow Fragment sequel that Futami wanted to make if the game sold well was teased.
- While Futami recommends to hold on to your Hollow Fragment save file, he confirms that it will not match up with Lost Song’s, as they are different games in spirit.
- Using magic is simpler.
- Seamless battle transitions are confirmed.
- The previous talk of maps being 16km were false and confused with a different game. Maps are squared and 1km each; but there are tons of islands, and the world is still big.
- Expect a twenty-to-thirty hour story that can last longer with harder quests and raising.
- Raising remains similar to previous titles. There is no leveling up, only rising your skill strength.
- Big updates will come after launch. Players can also expect weekly updates and for the updates/downloadable content to be free.
- Strea will be in the game without context to her past. Wants to give her a story down the line.
Sword Art Online: Lost Song is an Action-RPG with an original story that explores a new Alfheim Online area, called Svart Alfheim.
Lost Song will be released later this month on March 26th in Japan. A Western/European release has yet to be announced, but consdiering how well Hollow Fragment sold in 2014 and Lost Song’s trademark, we could hear official word sooner than later.
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