Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Headed West This Year, Gameplay Shown

While Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization was announced back in October, we weren’t shown really any kind of gameplay. It was just a simple announcement, and that was that. Fortunately, the curtain has been pulled back today to show us what we can expect from the game in terms of visuals, gameplay, and story.

Below is a near three-minute trailer showcasing what the game is all about in that regard. The game’s story takes place in 2026, three years after the original SAO event, where another virtual real world has emerged called Sword Art: Origin. From the montage, it looks strikingly similar to last year’s Lost Song, as opposed to its predecessor Hollow Fragment, in that combat is fast and frenetic, and not at all a hotkey-pressing marathon like we saw in the HF or more traditional MMOs. Aside from the action-oriented setup, players will be able to explore the new world of Ainground in parties of four. All the series favorites, such as Kirito, Asuna, Lisbeth, Silica, Leafa, and Sinon (in addition to brand new characters written specifically for the game) are ripe for the picking here; so those wanting to create a dream team of sorts will seemingly have that opportunity. Not too shabby, eh?

As of now, the game has no firm release date. While the Japanese version is launching this fall, Bandai Namco has not committed to anything concrete here in the West, only stating that it will hit shelves sometime in 2016 for both PlayStation 4 and Vita.