Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment July update trailer
posted on 06.04.14 at 10:40 PM EDT by (@salromano)
New bosses, fields, areas, and more added.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Namco Bandai has released a new trailer highlighting the added content in Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment‘s upcoming July 10 update.

The July update will add more than 10 new boss monsters, the new “Volcano” and “Snowy Mountains” fields, a new “Garden” area where players can take heroines on dates, an increased level cap, Grand Quests, and more.

It is presumed the July update content will come shipped with the North American and European versions when they launch via PlayStation Network this summer.

Watch the trailer below.

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

    Damit! damit! I was hoping this was an article announcing the US release date!!!!!

  • PrinceHeir

    I wonder if Namco US will implement this version with the release of the game?

    • kurosan9712

      Wouldn’t that be problematic? The game has an awful lot of content by itself, and this is 30 additional hours.

      I kinda doubt it’ll be available in US on release, but I’ll enjoy it in July.

      Sachi dating, F**K YEAH!

  • Elvick

    Still wish Bamco would release a limited retail run… ):

    • bloodiOS

      According to the article, the localized version will come with this huge package of additional contents so yeah, I would assume that would be too much for the 4GB game card to handle (given that the game is already 3GB in size.) I do want a limited retail run though =(

      • Elvick

        Yeah, I’m sure creating two different versions (one needed patches/extra downloads, the other not needing it) would be hard/a pain.

        But I’d still like it. *sigh*

        • bloodiOS

          Also, I remember that there was a PlayStation Blog article mentioning that they’ll also include Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment HD with it so… way too much for one Vita game card to handle xD

          • Elvick

            Dern Sony.

            *throws rocks*

          • DrForbidden

            Namdai has already confirmed that this statement was in error. HF is just an expanded version of IM.

            • bloodiOS

              Ah, I see. Well, not much is lost to me.

          • Wolf Star

            I forgot about that :O “flips table”!!! Damn it >_< plus this update and the game being 3GB and more…

      • DrForbidden

        Uhm, gamecards don’t need to be limited to 4GB… they can make them much bigger than that.

        • bloodiOS

          Of course they can, but they won’t!

          • DrForbidden

            Yes, and therein lies the problem. It’s a lack of will, not a lack of ability. :o

            • bloodiOS

              Doesn’t matter what it is, the end result is that we are not getting a physical version.

              Anyway, why are you even talking about this? I made sure to specify the “4GB game card” in order to not make my statement sounds like it was aiming at Vita game card’s capability in general.

              • DrForbidden

                Because I doubt the size limitation is the issue here. Game cards are pretty cheap to mass-produce, and a 8GB one won’t cost that much more to make than a 4GB one.

                Namdai just doesn’t want to publish physical copies of this game in US and Europe for some reason.

                • bloodiOS

                  The fact is that there isn’t a single 8GB Vita game card on the market. So, really, while they might be easy to mass produce, there might something on Sony’s side that makes it more difficult than it seems. To go higher than 4GB would mean more complications with Sony, that was always the general assumption. Which is why I assume that publishers in general preferred to stick with the 4GB model. Since this game will probably be too much for the 4GB model to handle, Bamco made a decision to only release the game digitally, because all in all, a niche game like this (by Western standards) isn’t worth all the complications it might need to get it on an 8GB game card.

                  • DrForbidden

                    Well, that’s certainly a plausible explanation, and I would be very accepting of it if it was standard practice worldwide. However, it doesn’t really explain why Japan and Asia got physical releases, with the update being released digitally. It’s not like Namdai couldn’t release the game on a 4GB card in US/Eu and then require users to download the update, like what they’re doing in Asia anyway. I suspect there’s probably some other factors in play that exert stronger influence.

                    • bloodiOS

                      They probably thought that it might be more attractive if the game was to be released in the West with more contents at a reasonable price. But of course, the Vita’s weak retail performance in regard to both hardware and software sales in the West probably impacted their decision in only releasing the game digitally, especially when this is the first game in the franchise to have a Western release. They simply don’t know how well it will be received so they took the safest route to go about it.

                    • DrForbidden

                      Good point.

    • NeoTechni

      Import the Chinese version from Play-Asia.
      Japanese voices and English subtitles
      I did

  • Budgiecat

    Why do I get the urge to punch the MC in the face?

    • SatsukiYumizuka

      what a coincidence, im getting the same feeling

    • Kami nii

      Lol I’m playing the game atm and tbh its a kirito harem game every girl likes him in the story,I feel you bro I just wanna punch that guy to the face too cause he’s too dense!! its still a good game though because of Gameplay but really from the start you don’t even have to make the girls like you cause they all already like you and that’s the part I really hate about this game you don’t build the relationship its already built unlike the persona series but hey maybe its just me,

    • Land of Green Pasture

      you’re not the only one my friend.. you’re not the only one..

    • 罪罰

      you have some weird mental disorder?

      • Budgiecat

        no… just some leftover unchewed corn that’s rather unmanageable…

  • kurosan9712

    Gods, this is how updates should be.

    Unlike Koei Tecmo and Capcom with their Monster Hunter/Toukiden, these people add content in a PATCH, instead of selling it as a new game.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      you forgot GE 2, but, well, it costs 1000 yen

      • kurosan9712

        At least not God Eater 2 Burst, you know?

        • Renaldi Saputra

          idk, still don’t know yet

    • 罪罰

      They have their fanbase by the balls, and easy money.

  • sunK1D

    Suguuuuuu

  • dnekolot

    Can anybody tell me what’s in the trailer? I can’t open the video because it’s private.

    • DrForbidden

      Dunno why it doesn’t work for you. Basically, it showcases some new boss monsters, a new area/floor, new weapons, and you get to see Sachi as a companion.

  • Kiryu

    My english subbed retail version is on its way,can’t wait for next week.

  • Maria Garcia

    will it be a system update or a dlc?

    • AlphaSixNine

      it’s an update and there’s a few DLC too coming in July, according to the trailer.

  • natchu96

    For an area isolated from Aincrad that players aren’t even supposed to be able to reach in the first place the Cardinal system sure did not waste time making it look pretty.

  • ConkerBFD

    Sorry for my ignorance (SOA fans), but has this game a new story or is it based on the main story?

    • kurosan9712

      It is an IF story, which happens IF they weren’t able to logout after Kirito beating Heathcliff on floor 75.

  • Joseph Oprysko

    It is a non-canon story, ie, an alternate story about what happened after Kirito battled Heathcliff/Kayaba on Floor 75.

  • Joseph Oprysko

    OMG! I just turned on the YouTube/Google auto subtitles, and then had it translate to english.. the translation had ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with what I was watching. So much for full machine translation. Try again Google…

  • Joseph Oprysko

    It’s July 10th!! Where’s my DLC!! I can’t find it (Well, July 10th in Japan)

  • Nerroth

    The North American v1.01 patch update is now available, clocking in at 646MB. According to the update log, it includes the following changes:

    Version 1.01

    Update Content

    – New BOSS added.
    – New maps (Garden/Snow Mountain/Volcano) are added.
    – Level maximum is raised to 250.
    – New Hollow Missions are added.
    – Implement Element Research difficulty is adjusted.
    – New Grand Quests are added.
    – New weapons are added.
    – Complete costumes of Philia and Strea are added.
    – Retrieving the gift given away last time
    – Regardless of weapons and non-stackable items, the storage limitation is raised to 99.
    – Chest number and items allowed are adjusted.
    – Heroine Quests are added, allowing you to participate in Hollow Missions with the heroines.
    – Argo is allowed to join the fight.
    – Concealed Area is extended to 125 floors.
    – Purchase of the DLC School Swimsuit (Navy) in store is allowed.
    – Items able to change on Option Screen are added.
    – Display content, operation, combat system, and partial weapon performance are adjusted.
    – Motion stability is improved.

    No confirmation of PSTV compatibility just yet, however.

    • Nerroth

      The GGO DLC pack is now available in North America, also.

      https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/#!/en-ca/games/addons/sword-art-online-hollow-fragment-ggo-pack/cid=UP0700-PCSE00465_00-B000000000000755

      I had a little more time to go over the post-patch version of the game, and I would definitely recommend anyone who has the game already, or who may be considering trying it out at some point, to install the patch as soon as possible.

      The Hollow Area map is easier to navigate, you can check what weapons and armour your partners are carrying, you have a whole new region of the Hollow Area to explore, and a range of other add-ons and tweaks to settle in with.

      Hard to argue against the price, too. (Well, so long as you have the memory card space available, which may be a factor in and of itself…)

      • Nerroth

        It might take a little longer for European players to get a hold of the update, however.

        • Nerroth

          Looks like it’s up there now.

  • DrForbidden

    No, it doesn’t. It only comes with Engrish subtitles.

  • http://www.gameanyone.com/DukeVerde DukeVerde

    Because some people like supporting localization in their territory?

  • NeoTechni

    Yes it does, according to videos of it, the playasia.com description, and the back of the game box

  • NeoTechni

    I dont support half assed localizations

  • http://www.gameanyone.com/DukeVerde DukeVerde

    The NA/EU versions are half assed? XD

  • NeoTechni

    Without a physical release, i consider it half assed by default. Plus it doesnt have japanese voices.

  • http://www.gameanyone.com/DukeVerde DukeVerde

    I guess you play games for entirely different reasons, then.

  • NeoTechni

    No. Thats an odd assumption to make. Given the choice between two versions

    1) a 4gb download when i have less than a gig left on my 32 gb card, and with english voices

    2) a physical card with japanese voices

    Ill pick 2

  • http://www.gameanyone.com/DukeVerde DukeVerde

    A Physical card, with japanese voices, with text you won’t be able to read, and won’t be supporting efforts in your country.

  • NeoTechni

    It has english text, why wouldnt i be able to read it?

  • Tetsu

    lol you need to re-read his comment to catch the joke.

  • DrForbidden

    You don’t know what ‘Engrish’ is, do you?

  • NeoTechni

    Originally it only said “No, it doesn’t”. The engrish bit was added later on

  • NeoTechni

    I do. But i read your comment before it had the word engrish in it.

  • DrForbidden

    The comment always had ‘Engrish’ in it as that was the point of the joke. Anyway, I was only half serious. The poor English in the Asian release is really disappointing, not to mention unprofessional on Namdai’s part. I was going to purchase it, but my enthusiasm was kind of killed by that.