Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment announced for PS Vita
posted on 10.06.13 at 12:44 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Cross swords with a mysterious girl in Aincrad's Hollow Area next year.

Namco Bandai announced Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment for PS Vita at the Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival in Akihabara today.

The game, due out next year in Japan, is set in Aincrad’s unexplored “Hollow Area,” and follows protagonist Kirito, who crosses paths with a mysterious girl who wields a uniquely shaped sword and is one of the title’s key characters.

Watch the debut trailer below. Visit the game’s official website here.

In related news, it was announced that Sword Art Online‘s “Extra Edition” anime TV special will air in Japan on December 31 at 22:00. You’ll be able to watch it on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Nico Nico Douga. Here’s the synopsis:

Yui wants to see a whale, so Kirito and company challenge an underwater quest in Alfheim Online. But a surprising fact comes to light. Strangely enough, Leafa… Suguha can’t handle being in the water. In the real world, Asuna and the girls give Suguha a swimming lesson. Meanwhile, Kirito has a meeting with a certain someone.

Thanks, Dengeki.

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  • Elvick

    Would play if localized.

    • TheExile285

      Don’t wanna sound pessimistic, but I’m also positive this is never coming to NA….

      • Renaldi Saputra

        I think so..
        but hmmm, let’s just see anw

    • Renaldi Saputra

      but Vita is region free..
      well, it’s Namdai after all

      • Elvick


        I don’t want it bad enough to pay more for it by importing.

        • British_Otaku

          Buy it on the digital store, you will save on postage and the inflated prices from resellers. If it is really a good game, that’s the ideal option unless you need to have a physical copy and box or whatever limited edition they cook up.

      • Zackasaur

        I avoid playing games in Japanese.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          well, seeing this is being handled by Namdai and SAO isn’t part of Jump series IIRC, chances are kinda low, even if it’s Vita.. but let’s just see anw

        • HeatPhoenix

          Yet you want to buy this game of this anime that was always in Japanese.

  • Warboss Aohd

    ……can’t be worse den da show iz.

    • http://www.shonengamez.com Fabian Ortiz

      Can’t be worse than your grammar.

      • Warboss Aohd

        i do dis on purpose, i iz an ork, dis iz how we speak.

        Da show iz NOT terrible on purpose……or maybe it iz.

        • HeatPhoenix

          I have my suspicions.

    • HeatPhoenix


  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano


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  • DesmaX

    Well, it does look fun

  • Duc PC-QB

    Does this have online play too ?

  • TheExile285

    Need to see some more gameplay, but most likely importing this. Would have imported the PSP game if I didn’t hate UMDs

  • gangrelion

    Are they still doing that thing from .hack where they get stuck in the on-line game? I heard that in the novels they already moved on to a lot of new games with different and more original objectives. Why can’t they make a game based on that?

  • fyi1191

    She looks like that girl from Etrian Odyssey : The Millennium Girl.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Looks absolutely nothing like her. They don’t even have the same hair style or color. Or face shape.

  • shafiq95

    She looked like Saber from the fate series

  • LordKaiser

    I’m still waiting for Gun Gale Online.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Wow this looks sick. MUCH better than the PSP one

  • Gigus

    I’m not really a huge SAO anime fan but that looks cool.

  • shogunknight

    Guhhh, need to perfect japanese. Looks soo goood

  • echokanon

    First I thought it was Alice who crossover-ed just like Leafa and Shino. But it seems like I’m wrong

  • KonniSekai

    Another gr8 reason to buy a Vita beside HDN :D

  • lorelai4cuties

    It looks way better than psp version

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    I added some details about that Extra Edition anime broadcast. We don’t really cover anime often, but I figured some people might like to know. =)

    • echokanon


  • PrinceHeir


  • Willgaea

    I love how dynamic this game looks. Do you think they would add a mode that has perma- death? Hardcore mode unlocked?

  • kirby755

    I just get done watching SAO again and then this happens this has been a great day for me.

  • Invisbin

    My first imported game. Calling it

  • Omega_Shiro

    Getting this one Raw farout looks so much better than the psp one!! Need to get my japanese up more.

  • Omega_Shiro

    Love dynamic games and if its a good anime all the more better.

  • Cursingcomet

    Ah, the previous sao game, infinity moment was awesome.
    Definitely getting this one on day one.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    I don’t think this will be good…
    seeing the Infinity Moment battle system

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    I’m still wondering why they bothered releasing the first for PSP…

    • DyLaN

      Cheaper to develop.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        By that logic, they should have just developed it for Smartphone.

  • Budgiecat

    1:18 So here’s this Giant Enemy Crab . What I’ll do…is use Kirito here to…*ugh* ..flip over this….crab….on it’s back. And you….attack it’s weak point for massive damage.. *ahem* using never before seen real time weapon changing

    giant crab……enemy crab…..massive crab…..massive damage…


  • Sephia

    Sorry if I sound like an idiot, but… is this game similar to the .hack games? Thanks.

    • http://www.shonengamez.com Fabian Ortiz

      The Premise of the story is.

      • Sephia

        Thanks, Fabian. What about the gameplay? I’m totally new to the series. Are Kirigaya Kazuto and Yuuki Asuna the only playable characters?

        • http://www.shonengamez.com Fabian Ortiz

          The gameplay appears to be a cross between Monster Hunter, and the previous Sword Art Game.

          You should be able to play as Kirito, Asuna, most likely Leafa and his other friends as well, and of course any new characters that they decide to add in. I’d be highly surprised if they decide to make it so you can only play as Kirito and Asuna, this being the first trailer doesn’t really provide us with all that much info wise, but within the weeks and months to come we’ll be getting scans and whatnot to keep us up to date.

          I’ll have my translator look at those scans, and then in photoshop i’ll sub them and post them up so we’re all on the same page.

          Heres the facebook page & the tumblr page, i’ll be posting scans and any new info there.



  • http://www.shonengamez.com Fabian Ortiz

    I’m going to upload an English Subtitle version ( I have a translator ) if my video gets 40 Likes, and i’ll do a full walkthrough (I have a Japanese PS Vita and a Capture card, which is pretty rare) if it gets 50 Likes.


  • http://www.play-asia.com/?affiliate_id=1573221 Ultrapieguy

    Hopefully this game actually gets localized.

    • DyLaN

      If AoT gets one, then this may have a chance.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        AoT isn’t Namdai

    • AdachiTohru

      ask this to sony localisation team

      • Renaldi Saputra

        Namdai doesn’t allow ant third-parties to do their games
        especially their exclusive games

        • Nitraion

          I’m not fan of this game..
          but why you so sure? you read their localize Faq or something? how about time and eternity as example?(though its not good example ^^”)

          • Renaldi Saputra

            I’ve observed many of their games.. they didn’t allow any third parties for their games especially their exclusive games (with the exception of Toki to Towa)..

            everytime they bring games to the states, they bring it theirselves, not by third-parties such like NISA, XSeed, etc

  • Zackasaur

    Shoot, I want this in English!

    • AdachiTohru

      ask this to Shahid localisation team

    • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

      I want to chime in on this, I feel like if Atlus and co could find a way to localize these anime games for a reasonable cost, it could do good. I mean, I know NISA did Bleach on PS3 but I think especially with a digital release, it could move a nice profitable (for them) bit. Specifics being SAO and AoT.

  • EX+

    Looks cool so far.

  • Eclipse

    Fantastic news! The PSP game was pretty fun, but I’ve always thought that this would’ve been much better on the Vita.

  • http://www.samuraiprincess.com Mr Fwibbles

    What is a “BRMNO RPG”? Will this have multiplayer or is it going to be strictly a single player game?

    • Renaldi Saputra

      maybe only single, bcos it seems that it only focus on Kirito’s story.. and you play ad Kirito too, not custom character

      • http://www.shonengamez.com Fabian Ortiz

        Well that’s how the PSP game was, but you could still play with the other characters.

        Hopefully we’ll be able to play with a few different chars in this one, I don’t think we’ll be able to make our own though.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          clearly no, this is not the social game..
          but, still, you will play as Kirito, despite can change girls

          • http://www.shonengamez.com Fabian Ortiz

            The PSP game wasn’t a social game.

            • Renaldi Saputra

              social game is the smartphone game

    • http://www.shonengamez.com Fabian Ortiz

      VRMMORPG lol.

  • http://www.shonengamez.com Fabian Ortiz

    Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment – First Trailer Subbed


    Official Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment Facebook Page.


    Official Tumblr.


    Link to Raw Video


  • Hidayat246

    I hope that girl also appear in Sword Art Online‘s “Extra Edition”

    well everybody can dreaming right?

  • HeatPhoenix

    What a nice looking PSP game

  • Edward

    I hope they make a real online game with sword art online as basis. Perhaps one like elder scroll’s skill system?.

    • Kouhei

      that woul be nice