Bandai Namco has released some more details about its upcoming title, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, explaining its new “Skill Allied” system, Raid Bosses and more. Here’s how the developer explains the new system (thanks Gematsu):
“Skill Allied” is a new system that combo connects the party’s Sword Skills. By using this system, you can trigger special party links that deal higher than normal damage.
—Skill Allied is activated. Blue arrows indicate the order of the link. Here it will go from Sinon to Strea.
—From Strea, it goes to Asuna. Asuna connects with her Sword Skill. Finally, it jumps to Kirito.
—By skillfully connecting Sword Skills, Skill Allied continues and the damage you deal will continue to increase.
Then, there are the Raid Boss battles in which four parties of 16 players participate to take down a powerful boss. According to Bandai Namco:
During Raid Bosses, Skill Allied can be used by only four members of your 16-person party, but you can increase the damage it deals by continuously attacking with the four parties that participate.
In addition to the above, we’re told that Hollow Realization supports cross-save functionality between the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. “You can upload save data to PlayStation Network and share it between both versions,” wrote the developer.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization is headed to North America and Europe this fall for both the aforementioned platforms, with a Collector’s Edition for the PS4.