One of the most popular manga turned anime turned video game franchises has a new game coming out for the PlayStation Vita in July. Today, Namco Bandai provided several new screenshots for their upcoming “pseudo-MMO” title, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment.
For those of you who may not be familiar with the series, based on the light novel, manga and anime, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment captures the characters and storyline of the SAO “universe”, which is based on a series of virtual-reality worlds set in the near future. Players enter the VR worlds of SAO and discover that the creator of the game (the game in the game, so meta!) has locked the players inside these worlds. To escape these worlds, players must explore and defeat the enemies contained within. Continuing to fight is key inside the VR world – if you die in the fantasy world, your character will die in real life.
Some key features to note about the game:
- Pseudo MMORPG Experience – Experience SAO just like the anime. Enjoy the adventure in the MMO-like world even in single player. Even in solo play, the NPC characters in the game world act as actual players to mimic the feel of a real MMO.
- Exhilarating and Aggressive Battles – RPG gameplay with strong action elements. Make direct contact with the monsters and characters in the world to enjoy the adventure and story. Experience the aggressive battles with flashy and speedy attack actions, exhilarating combos, burst attacks, etc!
- First-Person View – Immerse yourself fully into the SAO world with the ability to enter fi rst-person view at any time in the game. You can explore the world with your created avatar!
- Two SAO Games Combined – Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment also features the entire game Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, originally released in Japan for the PlayStation® Portable, with new HD graphics.
Already out in Japan, the game releases in North America, Europe, and Australia, later next month.