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Of all the physical .hack media, there has been many physical and digital releases of this franchise. Too much in fact that it may seem overwhelming at first. People will ask, where do I begin? Where's the start of the series? What's the earliest and the latest? etc... Here we have it broken down into 3 categories called "seasons", these are based mostly on which iteration of "The World" the series takes place during. The years beside each season has to do with the year in-universe, not actual release date in real life.

Season 1 (2007-2015)
Novel - .hack//Epitaph of Twilight Vol 1 & 2
Novel - .hack//AI Buster Vol 1 & 2
Anime - .hack//SIGN (Intermezzo, Unison, GIFT)
Novel - .hack//ZERO Vol 1
Novel - .hack//Another Birth Vol 1-4
Web - .hack//New Novel '.hack'
Game - .hack//IMOQF Vol 1-4 (Infection, Mutation, Outbreak, Quarantine, Fragment)
Anime - .hack//LIMINALITY
Novel - .hack//Legacy (.hack//Archives 3)
Manga - .hack//XXXX Vol 1 & 2
Anime - .hack//Legend of the Twilight
Manga - .hack//Legend of the Twilight
Audio - .hack//Let's Meet Offline

Season 2 (2016-2018)
Game - THE END OF "The World" (Terminal Disc)
Audio - First Login
Anime - .hack//Roots
Novel - .hack//CELL
Novel - .hack//Alcor
Game - .hack//G.U. Vol 1-3 (Rebirth, Reminisce, Redemption)
Novel - Journal of the Dark and the Wicked
Novel - Duplicate Phenomenon Extracts of The Epitaph User's Investigation
Anime - .hack//G.U. TRILOGY
Novel - .hack//G.U.
Manga - .hack//4koma
Manga - .hack//G.U.+
Novel - .hack//GnU
Anime - .hack//G.U. Returner
Novel - .hack//G.U. Ragtime
Audio - .hack//G.U. Innocent Call
Game - .hack//G.U. Last Recode (Reconnection)

Season 3 (2020-2032)
Game - .hack//LINK
Manga - .hack//LINK Twilight Knights
Novel - .hack//Quantum (introduction)
Anime - .hack//Quantum
Novel - .hack//Quantum Twin Hearts
Manga - .hack//Quantum+
Web - .hack//bullet
Anime - .hack//The Movie: Beyond the World
Novel - .hack//Beyond The World SORA
Novel - Excuse (.hack//Archives 5)
Game - .hack//VERSUS
Anime - Thanatos Report
Game - Guilty Dragon
Game - .hack//NewWorld

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Went more for a what was a physical content. Exception being the webnovels, but equally important
In terms of chronological order, I used the source themselves as reference.

https://hack.bn-ent.net/about/world/

Mostly because some of the content likes to jump around, for instance the New Kite .hack webnovel starts chapter 1 with the preface to everything with Pluto's Kiss, before any of the .hack media

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Nice! This is really good for me. I've always been a fan of the series but never dove to deep into it.  I recently repicked up the PS2 Parts 1-4 so i'm excited to play them.  Ionly ever played through Part 1! 

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