Tales of Xillia 2 and Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment now available
posted on 08.19.14 at 02:46 PM EST by (@salromano)
Two big RPGs from Bandai Namco.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Bandai Namco has not one, but two big RPG game releases in North America today.

Tales of Xillia 2 is the sequel to last year’s Tales of Xillia. The PlayStation 3 release takes place a year after the events of the first game, and put players in the role of Ludger Kresnik, a young man who enjoys cooking and lives with his older brother Julius and cat Rollo. On his way to his first day of work at the local cafeteria, he runs into a young girl named Elle Marta and the two become involved in an accident that “changes their lives forever.” The game is built around the concept of “choice,” with players being able to decide how to react to various characters and situations, which can cause the story to branch out into different paths and affect character relationships.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is based on the novel, manga, and anime series Sword Art Online. The digital-only PS Vita game takes players to a simulated massively multiplayer online role playing game setting to find they are captured within the game and must explore and defeat enemies to reach the highest floors of Aincrad and free themselves from the fantasy game world. It includes a high-def version of Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, allowing fans to play through the updated PSP game, or jump straight into Hollow Fragment. In Hollow Fragment, Kirito is teleported to the new Hollow Area on the 76th floor and encounters a mysterious player named Philia, who has a dark past and the orange marking of a player killer. Together, the two must set aside their differences and join forces to defeat a greater enemy, as well as the infamous player killing guild “Laughing Coffin.”

Watch launch trailers for both games below. View a new set of Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment screenshots at the gallery.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Tales of Xillia 2

  • Anime10121

    Both get my money! Xillia gets it first and SAO gets it either the end of this month, or the end of next month!

  • Zackasaur

    Hot damn, it’s a big day!

    PvZ: Garden Warfare is out on PS4 today, as well. c:

    EDIT: So is Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition.

    • Anime10121

      PvZ:GW is out! *crickets*

      jk, good for folks who are excited about it :P

      • Zackasaur

        It’s fun! Especially in splitscreen with my girlfriend.

        And I have Sly Cooper and Ratchet & Clank gear. :3

      • Invisbin

        Me being one

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

    Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition and Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment get

  • PrinceHeir

    Sword Art Online!!!

  • http://psnprofiles.com/AbbaZaba23 Bangarang

    Really wish I had the time to dive into Xillia 2 right now. Can’t wait to get my hands on both though!

  • Muffum

    Hype as hell for Xillia 2; I preordered the CE as soon as I could.

    I might or might not get SAO. It really depends on whether I remember its existence when I get a Vita in 20 years.

    • Bobby Jennings

      Same. Waiting for my collectors to get here :D

  • DarthBrian

    I’ll have to buy Xillia 2 later. Can’t afford it at the moment. :(

  • Rafael Martines

    SAO + Japanese Voices = Sold! >D

    Anyone knows if SAO is compatible with Playstation TV? I’m planning to get this when Playstation TV comes out on October with Freedom Wars too :D

  • Akari Akaza

    I wonder how much will SAO will cost? $39 or $29

    • Wolf Star

      It’s $39

      • Akari Akaza

        What about memory? anyway I got 64GB….^_^

        • b4lmung

          It’s 3GB

          • Hexodious

            That’s… pretty reasonable for a 70+ hour game.

        • Wolf Star

          It’s 3GB :)

  • TreizeX

    ToX2 is too expensive here guess I’ll wait…

  • BlueCereal

    Will play Xillia 2 once I’ve cleared some of my backlog.

  • pekot

    40 $ is too much for SAO .
    I don’t pay this price to digital games .

    • Zackasaur

      It’s pretty fucking stupid that they don’t have any legitimate, physical copies in the west.

      • OverlordZetta

        The fact it’s getting localized at all is something we should be grateful for. A year or two ago, even digital only probably never would have happened.

        • Bobby Jennings


    • Elvick

      I wish there was a retail release too, but… I made an exception for it. Bamco has been doing good for Vita in some ways, and I want that to continue. (Digimon, please Yevon)

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

      Considering SAO is *two* games. It’s worth the price.

      • Elvick

        And all the extra content they’re going to add is massive… Easily worth the price. Easily.

      • DrForbidden

        It’s really not. It’s more like 1.5 games, which is probably still okay for that price, IMO.

  • Akari Akaza

    Games + DLC your wallets will hate you.

  • 2Speciall

    Is SAO worth buying? I did like the anime, but the game doesn’t appeal me very much…

    • Zackasaur

      People definitely seem to like it.

      And, if you do like it, the amount of content is pretty incredible.

      • 2Speciall

        I will look more into it. Thanks.

  • An Tran

    Gack, SAO and Akiba’s Trip now out…..BUT I MUST SAVE MY MONEY FOR NEPTUNIA REBIRTH!

  • OverlordZetta

    How is connectivity between the “two” SAO games? If I go through the PSP one, will I need to start over when I get to the Vita stuff (where I assume the multiplayer is)?

    … Is there multiplayer, actually?

    • Bobby Jennings

      There is Multiplayer.

    • Land of Green Pasture

      only ad hoc tho, no online multiplayer… so it’s “multiplayer” well at least you can play ‘multiplayer’ with another 4 AI companions (not including your AI partner)

  • Bobby Jennings

    Cant wait till my CE gets here ^_^

    Pyrooo where are youuu

  • Guest
    • Mark Lengod

      get ready for 2 years worth of glopping DLCs on Zestiria

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      I see Yuri Lowell one of my favorite Tales characters.

  • pixxxelz

    I’m definitively getting SAO but I ToX2 its gonna have to wait, too many games. ×_×

  • Raziel Kõbe

    9 characters. Time for Gaius and Muzét ;)

  • Elvick

    I’m enjoying SAO so far. This amused me. (Hopefully uploading on mobile works)

    And my Xillia 2 CE got here today too. It’s a good day. :3

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

      Somehow I wonder if this is supposed to be the “English” version. <_<

    • MrFinalgamer

      God I hope Hearts R has a better translation…

      • Elvick

        It’s just a typo… Sheesh. Overreaction much.

      • Zackasaur

        Just a typo, bro. Typos exist in most tect-heavy games. :P

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    Ugh! I have to wait till 22nd! Should’ve pre-ordered.. Anyways, I’ll try to get ASAP, when it releases here.

  • LordKaiser

    I got Xillia 2 but it will stay sealed in plastic till I finish the 1rst.

  • Snub La

    I will pass.Xillia one was disappointing and it’s time to move to the PS4.I’m done with the PS3.

    • refrain

      Too bad you’re missing out the best tales game there is

  • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

    Picked up Xillia 2 just now and got back from the store. But I’m gonna mostly avoid it until I can finish off Drakengard 3. Difficult or not, I’m beating that baby first!

  • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

    Bandai Namco must be really confident that everyone who played Xillia 1 last year will show up for the sequel. I mean, it worked for me (and other people too, I see) :D

    But still, Hideo Baba went all over the place last year to hype up Xillia 1, they’ve barely marketed Xillia 2 to the West by comparison

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      I get the feeling he’s gonna market the heck out of “Tales of Zestiria”

  • Wolf Star

    I got Xillia 2, and PSN money for SAO :3 I’m ready!! :)

  • Bob Slim

    I just got sao today and I love it cant wait for more dlc

  • abysswalker

    What about the AI problems that arose a while ago? Was that fixed? @disqus_4qxZDhDO9o:disqus @Bob Slim:disqus

    • Bob Slim

      I havent had any problems I dont know

  • https://www.behance.net/cobaltcomet KOKAYI5

    I just got xillia 2 and my ps3 broke after I installed it. Now have to get it fixed and wait even longer.

    • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

      That sucks. Feel your pain

      My Wii broke while The Last Story was shipping to my home last year (or did it come out 2 years ago?), and I had to decide on getting it fixed, or picking up a Wii U later.

      I have yet to take it out of the packaging. But when I get a Wii U, I’ll… eh, I’ll probably just buy another, non-collector’s edition copy of Last Story to keep my current one in the wrapper :)

      • https://www.behance.net/cobaltcomet KOKAYI5

        You too huh. My hard drive is ruined. It wasn’t the game. Still I have to waste money fixing it.

  • new_tradition

    Oh woe was me, I wasn’t available when the mailman arrived with my copy of Xillia 2 today. I have to pick it up from a local depot tomorrow.

    Wait for me, my sweet~

  • Samsara09

    Oh my god…I NEED to get this!Shit….

  • Fantasytales

    i just got my CE copy of Tales Of Xillia 2 once i finished investing my 150 hours on i will definitely get SAO for my vita.

  • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

    Did people get more than these bonuses upon starting up the game? I only went through Milla’s path for Xillia 1, and I didn’t do all the sidequests and whatnot. I’m curious to see if there are more bonuses for doing that kind of stuff…





    • kirby755

      You didn’t play Graces F for mini sophie? But yeah these are the bonuses apparently but im not complaining XD

      • Lelouch Vi Britannia

        I got Mini Sophie, Milla & Jude. Of course I played Tales of Xillia like crazy. When I was starting the game it said you’ve played the Bejeezus out of Tales of Xillia. Of Course I got the Platinum Trophy for the game considering it wasn’t hard.

        • kirby755

          Nice XD, Did you get Mini Mr.Bad guy who is obviously Yuri Lowell (Tales of Vesperia)

  • fireemblembeast

    I miss having the time to play all the games I get… I still haven’t even had a chance to finish the prequel (ToX). orz

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Tales of Xillia 2 is quite fun, and I must Admit the CE version I picked up was definitely worth it, and I really loved the Art Book.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Next month i’m getting Ar No Surge speaking of Jrpg’s.

  • Nerroth
  • Nerroth

    For what it’s worth at this point, Bamco Japan went and put together a new trailer for the game, which seems to integrate the pre-patch and post-patch material: