Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment July update includes increased level cap, 30 hours of additional play time
posted on 04.28.14 at 05:03 PM EDT by (@salromano)
New quest, areas, bosses, weapons, and more.

Bandai Namco are planning a major Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment update set to launch in Japan this July.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

The PS Vita action RPG launched last Thursday, April 24 in Japan and is planned for release in North America via PlayStation Network this summer.

The July update, which will presumably come with or be later added to the English version, will include:

  • Level cap increase from 200 to 250.
  • A Grand Quest that will help players understand the “Secret Mystery.”
  • With the addition of the Grand Quest, the control ward provision field and new areas “Snowy Mountains” and “Volcano” will be open for exploration. A new dungeon is also being added.
  • Players will be able to enjoy a date with Sachi at the “Garden” (also a new area).
  • Added events featuring new CG.
  • New weapon models.
  • A powerful new boss monster (pictured above).
  • Argo can battle with players as a partner character.
  • Faster item use speed.
  • Difficulty and various system adjustments.
  • New costume for Philia.

The update is said to add 30 hours of new content. Users can also share what kind of new content they want via a survey on the game’s official site. You’ll need to have purchased the game and have an access key to participate, however.

Here’s a look at the new Garden area and Philia’s new costume:

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Additionally, Bandai Namco announced a lineup of free downloadable content coming to the Japanese version throughout the month of May:

  • May 1 – Adventurer Support Weapon Set Treasure Chest
  • May 7 – Auto-Attack Support Set Treasure Chest
  • May 15 – Black Two-Handed Sword Treasure Chest, Avatar (Spriggan Kirito Face), and “Fairy Dance” Kirito Transformation Set
  • May 22 – Hollow Mission “Remains of the Nightmare King” and Yuuki’s Sword Treasure Chest
  • May 29 – Avatar (Spriggan Kirito Hair (Final)) and “ALFheim Online” Special Set

Thanks, Dengeki.

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  • Anime10121

    Throws credit cards at Namdai!

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    30 hours? holy dam

    Will NA get this DLC?

  • TheExile285

    Come on Namco. Just release the US version and take my money already!

    • Renaldi Saputra

      eh? they did it, didn’t they?

  • Maria Garcia

    is this free or paid or what?

    • abysswalker

      Free IIRC

      • Maria Garcia

        you sure its free?I know about weekly dlcs being free but i find amazing than a 30 hour dlc will be free…i dont think it will lol

        • I-e-on

          thats not dlc its an update patch

          edit: the 30 hour stuff i mean

    • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

      It’s safe to assume that everything mentioned is free.

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      Did you import it?

      • Maria Garcia

        not yet

        • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

          You should wait

          • Maria Garcia

            im waiting for the asian version.If it works on vita tv ill get it

            • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

              It should

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    Well I got lucky and heard back from NamcoBandai about the DLC for NA

    Hoping they treat Hollow Fragment the way they treat their other games, if they do we should get it

    • MyBodyIsReady

      Hopefully it’s included from the get go with the western release, because that is one badass update!

      • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

        Yeah that’s what Exile suggested and would be the best route for them

      • Altin

        Pretty much “Updates done right” if you ask me.

  • Zackasaur

    Jeez, that is how one supports a game.

  • PrinceHeir

    This is how you support a game Namco :P

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

    Philia’s new costume is cute, I’m glad this is getting some post release support.

  • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

    I would totally be interested in this if it weren’t PSN only in the US.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Tell Bamco! They listened when fans wanted One Piece for PSV on UMD (it was announced as digital only at first).

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        I don’t think one single voice is enough to sway them (though I am sure I am not the only one). Where would I even voice my uh… opinion…? at, Twitter, forum, Facebook?

        • MrFinalgamer

          Try as many social sites as you can. Stir up some fire, and if there’s a demand for it, people will back you up. Hell, they’re already doing 2 gamestop exclusive games, why not a third one? =D

          • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

            Mrh.

      • Wolf Star

        I told them… They are still doing digital only release… :/ oh well we are still getting it anyway.

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      So many people were shocked that this game was even being localized, digital or not it’s still an awesome feat

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        Except digital sucks ass.

        • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

          Sure it does, sure the long download sucks and all and all the space it takes up but this is SAO, a game based on a popular anime in Japan and not to much overseas and they’re localizing it

          That alone will be enough for me to deal with the 3GB download and install

          • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

            I simply don’t have the room for it. So meh. And I want to hold my games.

            • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

              Your games are still on the PSN when you delete them and are available in the download list though

              I still have content there from my day one PS3 purchase

              • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

                What happens if it is taken off? Besides like I said I wish to hold it.

                • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

                  I haven’t had that happen but I guess it’s possible

                  You do have an archive on your SEN account profile that shows all downloads to date, check it out

                  • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

                    I don’t really need to. I have everything I’ve downloaded available.

              • DrForbidden

                Which won’t matter if PSN goes down again for months like it did in 2011…

    • NeoTechni

      Agreed

    • KidArk

      Taiwanese version has English subs.. your welcome I suppose? I see no different between download and physical besides no disk but hey , your preference.

      • DrForbidden

        It doesn’t really have English subtitles, as has already been pointed out. It’s mostly just some English in the menus.

  • new_tradition

    Possible scenario: day 1 update patch when people buy the game. But the iffy bit comes when after someone DLs the game, the memory card is full, and they can’t fit in the patch.

    Lets see how big of an update that ends up being…

  • DrForbidden

    Now THAT’S how you rock your games, Namdai. Thumbs up!

  • Somerandomperson

    Now that’s a lot of hours…
    I spent two days (literally 48 hours nonstop) to finish the game’s infinity moment storyline.
    Haven’t even started with the hollow area and now they are adding another 30 hours. I want to cry.

  • NeoTechni

    250 levels? Gees that sounds like an aweful lot of boring grinding…

    • desponent

      So it’s better for them not to give you anything? Sounds good.

      • NeoTechni

        Actually I’m saying it sounds like I won’t like the game at all, cause any level gains will be a drop in the bucket, making it feel like sisyphus

        • desponent

          I doubt you even wanted in the first place but k’.

          • NeoTechni

            I do. I’m a big fan of the series. I just don’t want a grindfest.

            • desponent

              k’

              By the way your character start at level 100s iirc but hey what do I know, you can tell if a game is grindfest or not just from a single parameter. ;)

  • MitsukiIX

    >faster item use speed OH GOD YES PLS GOTY

  • Duc PC-QB

    IIRC new SAO anime season is coming in July ?
    If so then this big DLC may boost the sales of the game

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      Well SAO2 is supposed to be based off Alfheim Online which is a different universe

      Chances are people that wanted the game in Japan would’ve already purchased it by then and since this is being localized there probably won’t be a boost in sales

      • DyLaN

        SAO II will start at Phantom Bullet which takes place in GGO, another MMO. Though if they decide to animate Mother Rosario then yes, it takes place in ALO.

  • desponent

    Hmm? Gravios x Brachydios?

    MH collab? Sign that MH will come to Vita?

    (not gonna happen :P)

  • Andrew Winn
  • crono

    game is just grinding boring grinding at that with and unintelligible story. i was getting nothing but frustrated playing this especially after 40 hours i just wanted it to end.