Bandai Namco have confirmed that Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization is heading to Western shores in the fall of 2016.
"The Sword Art Online franchise has experienced incredible growth in popularity on a global level with anime fans. We are excited to bring Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, the next Sword Art Online game, to fans in Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Australasia. With Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, we're striving to take fans even further into Sword Art Online's VRMMORPG world; we hope players are ready for the challenge." Hervé Hoerdt, Vice-President of Marketing and Digital at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe.
We caught up with Yosuke Futami and Hiroshi Hirayae from the Sword Art Online development team to talk about the next chapter in the series at the Bandai Namco offices prior to Jump Festa. Watch the interview below:
We also had the opportunity to play the new game on PS4 as you can see below:
If you're worried about jumping into the game without prior knowledge you need not be afraid as this game is set in the "original online world" that the saga builds on (Sword Art Origin).
"Taking on the role of Kirito, players enter a new VRMMORPG world called "Sword Art Origin", which was created on the game's original sever, giving players flashbacks of memories from past events. Players will enter the early period within the "Sword Art Origin" world and must find a way to win the game one more time. "
Here's a gallery of screenshots: