Bandai Namco have released new screenshots and confirmed new characters are showing up in Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization. Agil and Klein, both former Sword Art Online players, return and will join Kirito for new adventures in Aincrad. Through them and other characters, players will be able to interact with and experience new social and online features.
Everything starts in the Town of Beginning, where players can customize their avatar and prepare themselves for combat encounters. To help them in these new challenges, players can meet and hire NPCs (with more than 300 of them available in the game), create special bonds and even offer them equipment. The closer they are to the player, the stronger they will become.
Through the online elements of the game, players will be able to enter raids and fight bosses with both NPCs and other players.
A wider world will also be discovered in SWORD ART ONLINE: HOLLOW REALIZATION: with whole new environments to explore. These are inhabited by new monsters to face that have previously not been seen in the series: including Shadow Demons and Skeletons.