SAO: Hollow Fragment Gets English Release


Set to launch this week in Japan, much anticipated Vita game Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment has been confirmed as getting a US release in the summer, answering the prayers of western SAO fans – though unfortunately at the cost of being a digital-only release.

The news, unexpected though welcome, marks one of the rare occasions a game spin-off of a late night anime has been promptly localised – although traditionally these titles have not been all that popular even in Japan, and fewer still have actually been any good.

The latest gameplay videos:

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The game will likely become a welcome distraction for fans unable to withstand the wait for Sword Art Online’s second season due in July – pre-orders for the English version of Hollow Fragment are already open.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:49 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Now they just have to get somebody to buy a ViTa...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:36 24/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    This joke isn't relevant anymore, kiddo. You've been flogging a dead horse for months now.

    Comment by Anonymous

    No it's still completely relevant.

    The Vita is a massive failure outside of Japan.

    And in Japan it's just mediocre.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:02 26/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are some PSV-exclusive titles though that some people are interested in. I know it's easy to jump on the bandwagon and laugh at the sales figures but the reality is that the PSV has some (not a lot) good games now.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Not relevant? Dude, the 3DS owns almost 85% of the portable market, and the Vita just broke through that 10 million quota Hirai had for the first year. So yeah, I'd say it's still pretty relevant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:24 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    That 10m is still more than Xbone and PS4 combined...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    not really. PS4 has already 7m, XONE 5m.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:40 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The PS4 outsold the Wii U in the space of a few months. The Wii U has been out almost 2 years. Whats your point?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I have owned a Vita since launch, its a fantastic handheld and the OLED is hugely superior to the 3DS screen. The colours and everything else.

    Comment by Anonymous

    So it was you! LOL

    Comment by Anonymous

    Whoa what a legend the only one who has ever gotten a vita!

    Comment by Anonymous

    I got one as well... Got the only good games it ever had (not even half a dozen) played em aaaaand... that's it. Been in my closet since then.

    PS Uncharted on vita looks amazing for a handheld. Legit console graphics in your hands

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    Comment by Nerd
    04:31 26/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Who cares if it's being outsold by the 3DS? The Vita is selling well enough to get exclusive titles and localizations such as this one. A lot to do with high attach rate. Pander your petty console wars elsewhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:49 25/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @04:49 - plenty of us have a Vita. I have a vita as well. Mine is hacked so I can play PSP isos using TN-V.

    Also I bought the limited edition version of this. :D. So can't wait till it get's here! It should be here either on Monday or no later than May 1st.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:57 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Glory to the Freemason, thanks to the grandmaster SAO gets engrish rerease.

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    Comment by Marlon
    07:58 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now I hope this one comes to europe to!
    I don't care if its DIGImon or PHISICmon I will buy it!
    Not a huge fan of SAO, but the game-play looks awesome!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:39 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It'll be free within 12 months on Playstation Plus. Look at Muramasa Rebirth which is free with Mays PS+ update in May in Europe lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 25/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    So u pay $50 just to wait 12 months to play the game when its free, When usually it'll be only for $30-$40?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:52 25/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Disregarding the fact you get at least 2-3 free games every month on the Vita service, not to mention the PS3 freebies. Yeah in 12 months you could fill a 32gb card easily, 2 even with the games given away.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yei! Now I just hope this comes to Europe too! I don't give a shit if its Digimon or Phisicalmon! I will buy! O_O

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm still waiting for Watch Dogs,Batman:Arkham Knight,Crysis 4 for real men only not this childish games!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:49 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only digital? Man this sucks! I want my games in physical form and not data only. Can just hope that a possible EU version will be physical.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Digital only?

    Guess sony really want you to buy their shitty memory card. I'll buy digital when the 32 GB memory card are $20. For now, no fucking way.

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    Comment by ZeroG
    02:48 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    If this game can make it to the west, then there's still hope for getting the Attack On Titan 3DS game localised :)

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    Comment by MasterJ633
    03:26 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, since Attack on Titan will be premiering on Toonami on May 3rd, 2014, that could give the series the popularity it needs for them to release the 3DS game to the West.

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    Comment by Kaj
    03:20 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    has a chance to be good, so long as they don't actually base it on the storyline of the anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:20 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yay, I get to play a single player game in an mmo. Might have considered it if it got a physical release, even though the anime was bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:51 25/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @02:20 - Your an idiot. The Hollow Area which is the new game (as this game comes with an upgraded/revised version of infinity moment) is multiplayer. That's why you get the option to create a custom avatar as long as it's male. That's for the MP portion.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    01:17 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    But will it have EngDub for subhumans or superior JapDub?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It won't get dubbed. Dubbing would be like at least $50000. They average around 10k dollars an anime episode. So with an RPG...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:10 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    the game is coming this summer, no time for ENG dub unless both JAP and ENG versions were made at the same time

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:34 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    They won't dub this. Just like they won't dub Tales of Hearts R. The Vitas install base is so low they don't see it worthwhile. Dubbing can be expensive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gameplay would be awesome if it weren't for those silly delay pose after a skill.

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    Comment by Rya
    01:57 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Without translating Infinity Moment first? Hello, unexplained plotholes and characters!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:52 25/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @01:57 - Infinity moment is included which is why this is getting a western release. They upgraded/revised infinity moment a bit which is why it's included. Along with Hollow fragment's "hollow area."

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It'll be a 2 part, the first is Infinity Moment and the second Hollow Castle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Vita game supposedly starts out with a rewritten version of the PSP's story before going to the new stuff, so you won't be missing out too much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not having Infinity Moment isn't a bad thing. If you love the atrocious framerate in the PSP game by all means.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Irrelevant because Asia ver will have english text neways and comes out in less than a day..

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait really, fucking Asia man they go hard. I won't buy it but, damn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 25/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @06:28 - Actually the version with Eng subs doesn't come out till May 24th. It's the Taiwanese version.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would have bought it if it wasn't digital only.

    Comment by Anonymous

    3DS release please

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    Comment by Anonymous

    Saw VITA, then saw in my head "FUCK PORTABLES"

    Fuck mobile phones
    Fuck social gaming

    Home HDMI bigscreen gamer here,
    Fuck that port-a-poty shit.

    Comment by Anonymous

    >animu gaem

    this shit is guaranteed to bomb hard

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:36 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "I have no idea what's on the vita, so I'm going to pretend anime games are hated." - anon 2014

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:23 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most of the interesting games in Vita are Anumu gaems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny because a lot of Vita RPGs are doing quite well. Persona 4 Golden selling 600k on the Vita should show you're talking out your ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 24/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're joking, how's he talking out of his ass when you bring up the only example which already has a large fanbase, and is a port of what was a popular game title. Please do tell, the "lot" of Animu Vita RPGs that are doing well.

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