Bandai Namco has revealed post-launch update plans, DLC, a new character, a new trailer, and more in their latest flood of information and media. Can you handle it?
First up we have information on post-release updates, the first major content addition being “Fighters of the Blue Sky” (title tentative). Due out in 2016, this update will add a new story featuring characters Rain and Seven from Sword Art Online: Lost Song, as well as new maps and tweaks based on user feedback. Additional updates weren’t detailed, but it does specify that there’s more than one coming. Yay!
In addition to game updates, there’s another way to get more from your game; DLC. Both free and paid downloadable content has been planned for Hollow Realization – with free content including additional quests and missions, and paid content including the “Shrine Maiden of the Abyss” (tentative title) three episode story-line. “Shrine Maiden of the Abyss” is headed to the game next year, by the way.
Speaking of paid DLC, it looks like there’ll be a way to get all the important bits with one buy – as Hollow Realization has been confirmed to have a Season Pass in both Japan and the West. The “Shrine Maiden of the Abyss” DLC will for sure be included in the Japanese Season Pass, though details of the Western Season Passes are yet to be announced.
Additionally, it’s been revealed that Kizmel from Sword Art Online Progressive will join the party as non-player character. According to the Sword Art Online Wikia, Kizmel is a skilled warrior with an abnormally high level of intelligence; enough to make you wonder if she’s really just an artificial intelligence…
Lastly we’ve got a look at the opening theme, ending theme, and fourth trailer. We’ll start with the opening theme, which is “Windia” by Luna Haruna.
The ending theme is called “Two of Us,” and is sung by Haruka Tomatsu.
…and you can check out the title’s fourth official (Japanese) trailer here;
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization is due out on October 27 in Japan, and November 8 in North America and Europe.