New Sword Art Online PS Vita Exclusive Game Coming Next Year, Gets First Trailer

During an event held in Akihabara today Namco Bandai made a surprise announcement, disclosing that a new game based on the popular Sword Art Online franchise is in development and will be released  in Japan exclusively for the PS Vita next year.

The new game will be titled Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, and will see the series protagonist Kirito meeting a mysterious girl as he braves an unexplored part of Aincrad called “Hollow Area” that continues to expand.

Below you can see the first trailer of the game that has just been released.

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  • TheExile285 ♜

    Wow, this was unexpected. Importing the **** out of this. Only reason why I didn’t import the PSP one is best I HATE UMDs.

  • foureyes oni

    it looks alright. i am excited for the game since i do love this series i just wish it looked a bit better.

    • TheExile285 ♜

      Battle system bothers me a bit. I’m hoping that I’m just being paranoid.

      • Balalaika

        Better than a turned based system which seems to be Japan’s favorite kind…

        • foureyes oni

          i like turned based system as well though.

          • Balalaika

            They are overused. Its easier to code characters that stand still taking turns to execute commands, over having different characters moving around in a area and having to now spend more time, money, and resources to plan out a fight and how people with react and change to the new situations.

            So its nice to see that the game mechanics aren’t your standard stand still and wait for your turn to attack and that the studio is putting some effort into gameplay and making it action filled.

      • foureyes oni

        yeah the fighting kinda looks like a bad mmo .

  • Woah shat up

  • w0LfNiNja

    i just hope the US gets this game as well. totally unfair if not!! lol

    • TheExile285 ♜

      Unless SAO suddenly becomes the new Naruto in the US (HIGHLY doubtful) we are never getting this game. If you are interested, it’s probably best to think about importing.

      • Bankai

        Sony just started up a studio dedicated to porting third party games and localizing region exclusives. All you have to do is tweet some guy – can’t remember his name – and if there’s enough buzz, he can start negotiations.

        • foureyes oni

          i got really hype excited then realistically depressed when you said that.

        • Anime10121

          The thing with that though, is even Sony aint gonna localize a JRPG (with all that text), only for it to sell a few thousand copies. SAO is not a big enough property in the US to make a localization worth effort. A few of us on these sites comment threads/forums may be loudly outspoken and saying we want this, but this type of game makes no sense to localize in the long run…ESPECIALLY next to something like Final Fantasy, or heck, even the Tales of games would sell better!

          Its unfortunate, but as Kuchiki Sentou (the guy in the comment thread above this one) said earlier, the world IS changing, and JRPG’s, no matter how much we all love them, are not near as popular today as they were 15 years ago 🙁

          • Independence taylor

            i dont see a reason why SAO jrpg wouldnt sell here in the states except for the fact that not many people own psps or psvitas… If it was released say onto 3ds or ps4 here in the us it might make a bit more money as there are quite a few SAO fans ever since funimation and adult swim aired the series on TV.

  • Belmont012

    Please get localized! T.T

  • KuchikiSentou

    I think it’s best for the people who want to play this to learn the writing; they probably know the spoken language.

    Importation is your friend these days. Localisation is expensive and not as fruitful as it used to be.

    • foureyes oni

      so all i need to do is learn hiragana , katakana , and 2,000 kanji, yep no problem.

      • KuchikiSentou

        Ya, the world is changing. There’s a lot of kata; and that’s relatively easy. You may not have to go that far, but this is the reality.

        • Independence taylor

          its actually not that hard to learn Japanese most people just get caught up in their fear of kanji. Theres a lot of benefits to learning Japanese tho so you should def look into it. Benifits include: being able to play JRPGs not localized, watching anime not translated in english, reading books and light novels from japan not translated, having a second way to communicate with others, being more likely to get hired for a job because you speak a second language, being able to study abroad for long periods of time, etc.

  • Aristides

    OMG, lack of localization would be a crime! ;_; why god WHY!!!!!!

    • Stranger On The Road

      For a PS Vita release, it might actually be possible, for a PSP release, it is a bit harder.

      Although, now we need to know if it depends on the PSP game or not.

      • NeoTechni

        It’s clearly for Vita.

        • Stranger On The Road

          My post of ambiguous and for that I apologize, I was referring to releases in general. It is less likely for a PSP game to be localized, but a Vita game is more likely to be localized. Therefore there is chance that this might get localized.

          Although, we still need to know if it will depend on the PSP game or not.

          • Guest

            a lot of psp and psvita games arnt localized tho and i dont see a reason for them to localize it when theres a lot of gamers/otaku fans worldwide who would want to play it. plus if it is localized just buy a japanese psvita.

  • Ultrapieguy

    Localization would be nice.

  • Aman Ganoti

    If this doesn’t come out in Australia i will die

  • Andrew Winn

    They better dam Release it to Australia, I Know the NA has a release date of this summer, But that’s not good enough, I need an AU release date For it.