Kadokawa's Dengeki PlayStation magazine revealed on Thursday that Yūki will be a playable character in the upcoming Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment game. The seventh volume of Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series introduced Yūki as the sword-wielding leader of the Sleeping Knights, a guild of terminally ill patients playing the ALfheim Online game for rehabilitation and treatment purposes. She is also known as the "Absolute Sword."
The fourth full promotional video, clocking in at over six minutes, also debuted on Thursday. Kirito (as voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka) introduces the world and game system. Along with Yūki, will include characters Asuna (Haruka Tomatsu), Lisbeth (Ayahi Takagaki), Silica (Rina Hidaka), Yui (Kanae Itō), Leafa (Ayana Taketatsu), Shinon (Miyuki Sawashiro), Strea (Sachika Misawa), Sachi (Saori Hayami), Kibaou (Tomokazu Seki), and Argo (Shiori Izawa). A new, original character named Philia (Yui Ishikawa) will play an integral part in the game's plot.During gameplay, players explore cities in Aincrad and can pick up new friends and party members for their adventures. Kirito can also deepen his relationship with his partners by hanging out with them in the cities, going out on dates, or holding hands. In the game's special "adventure mode," players have the option to create their own characters and play with up to eight other people online to go on quests in the Hollow Area.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will ship for the PlayStation Vita on April 24. The first limited edition of the game will bundle a "Dengeki NerveGear Vol. 2" booklet that will also include fan illustrations with the theme "slave of Aincrad." The game's 9,980-yen (US$100) limited first edition will include a box with exclusive artwork by original novel illustrator abec, a soundtrack CD, a product code to unlock a special in-game outfit, a special contents Blu-ray Disc, mini clear posters, and special package and cases. The standard edition will retail for 6,170 yen (about US$62).
Namco Bandai Games released the earlier Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment game for the PlayStation Portable.