Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Out This Fall in the West, October in Japan Kirito is back, ladies and gentlemen. 04.26.16 - 5:23 PM
Bandai Namco has announced that Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, the latest action-RPG to be based on the popular Sword Art Online media franchise, will be coming to North America and Europe this fall for PlayStation 4 and Vita, as well as releasing on October 27th in Japan. To celebrate the occasion, they've also released a series of new gameplay videos, which you can check out below, along with a brief synopsis.
Return to Aincrad in this all-new adventure.
"Link start" into Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, an exciting new action RPG developed under the watchful eye of Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara. Kirito receives a single mysterious message — a cryptic "I'm back to Aincrad" — and is drawn once again into a familiar world in which he was once trapped.
Kirito and his friends are pulled into a VRMMORPG called "Sword Art: Origin," a game housed on the same servers that hosted the death-game "Sword Art Online." However this game is not quite the same one he escaped years ago...
A new original story. With a story supervised by Reki Kawahara, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization tells its own unique tale, one that will haunt and delight longtime fans as well as those discovering the expansive Sword Art Online universe for the first time.
Old friends, new mysteries. Explore this new world of Ainground with Asuna, Leafa, Silica, Klein, and other old friends to discover the reason they've been brought back.
Thrilling gameplay. A new battle system brings the excitement of an MMO to the single player experience!
Robust online multiplayer. Play online with your friends.
Bandai Namco also announced a first-print limited edition for the game in Japan, which will cost 10,980 Yen on PS4 (9,880 on Vita) and comes with a whole host of goodies, including special packaging, a soundtrack CD, and more. You can see a picture of it below, along with an extended overview trailer that also reveals the inclusion of Philia and Strea as playable characters.