Even with the quality of Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment‘s English localization being less than stellar, the RPG with a visual novel-esque flair continues to do remarkably well on the PSV. Bandai Namco Games has announced that the game has now shipped more than 400,000 units worldwide since it first launched on April 23rd in Japan. Though they don’t do a break down of the sales for each individual region, the game has at least sold 200,000 of those copies in Japan alone.
After the initial Japanese release Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment received a Chinese localization in May and then an English one in August, where it also topped the European PSN sales charts that month.
The release of the game contains not only Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, but also the first game in the series, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, which was never released outside Japan. Infinity Moment originally came out in Japan for the PSP in 2013 and serves as an alternate storyline picking up from the end of the first arc of the Sword Art Online anime. Hollow Fragment continues that alternate story, though that won’t be the case for the upcoming third game in the series for PS3 and PSV, Sword Art Online: Lost Song, which will instead have an original story taking place during the second arc of the series.
Apart from the moderate VN aspects, Hollow Fragment shows how sales can be propped up by an anime. Hopefully the same will happen for the Grisaia series (which has a kickstarter for an official localization planned soon), though the anime is unlikely to reach SAO’s popularity levels.
This post was written by hotsauce2000.