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  1. Naruto and .hack developer CyberConnect2 will announce new projects on February 1, 2018, company president and CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama teased during the latest “Game Kaiwai Idobata Kaigi” live stream. “Rather than reminisce about the past 20 years, we will announce what kind of strategy we have planned for the next 10 years,” Matsuyama said. “We will announce new CyberConnect2 developments and new projects.” According to Matsuyama, the announcements will come through press outlets such as Famitsu. He added that Famitsu does not know anything about what they are going to announce yet, and will not be gathering all the necessary material for their coverage until January 11. In a separate Famitsu interview regarding ambitions for 2018, Matsuyama said, “I have been developing games for more than 20 years, and I will soon announce our ‘New 10 Year Plan for the Future.’ I will reveal the new business strategy of CyberConnect2. Please look forward to February 1, 2018.” Thanks, Hachima Kikou. Read more at https://gematsu.com/2017/12/cyberconnect2-announce-new-projects-february-1#6k8ERU26ePEXw85W.99
  2. Play it and take home a special sticker set. image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/dot-Hack-GU-Last-Recode-C3AFA_08-18-17.jpg .hack//G.U. Last Recode will be playable for the first time at C3AFA Tokyo 2017 from August 26 to 27, Bandai Namco announced. Users who play the demo will take home a .hack series 15th anniversary special-make sticker set as a present. image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/dot-Hack-GU-Last-Recode-C3AFA_08-18-17_Stickers.jpg C3AFA Tokyo 2017 will be held at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 1~3 in Chiba, Japan. .hack//G.U. Last Recode can be found at the Bandai Namco Entertainment booth. .hack//G.U. Last Recode is due out for PlayStation 4 and PC on November 1 in Japan, and in the Americas and Europe this fall. Read more at http://gematsu.com/2017/08/hackg-u-last-recode-playable-c3afa-tokyo-2017#2C4BsF337YD7BkDK.99
  3. Bandai Namco has released a new set of screenshots highlighting the fourth volume of .hack//G.U. included with .hack//G.U. Last Recode. In the fourth volume, which is set one year and three months after the events of .hack//G.U. Vol. 3: Redemption, Haseo has quite “The World R:2” (the MMORPG in which the .hack//G.U. games are set), but has received a mysterious e-mail hinting at the location of his friend Ovan, who was thought to have disappeared. With the announcement of The World R:2 ending its service on December 31, 2018, Haseo must once again log into the game and save his friend before time runs out. Haseo’s 5th Form will be also unveiled with a new Job Extend from his Xth form, and new characters and dungeons will be introduced. .hack//G.U. Last Recode is due out for PlayStation 4 and PC on November 1 in Japan, and in the Americas and Europe this fall. View the screenshots at the gallery. Read more at http://gematsu.com/2017/08/hackg-u-last-recode-fourth-volume-screenshots#Crg7YgZDOgSddcDo.99
  4. .hack//G.U. Last Recode will launch for PlayStation 4 and PC in Japan on November 1 for 7,600 yen, the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu reveals. In North America and Europe, the game is due out this fall. The magazine also reveals that in addition to remasters of .hack//G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth, .hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce, and .hack//G.U. Vol. 3: Redemption, .hack//G.U. Last Recode will include a brand new fourth volume titled “Or Dreams the Snakes That Spin the World Dream.” Famitsu has an introduction to the girl character said to be a key to its opening and story, as well as an introduction to protagonist Haseo’s 5th Form, which debuts in the volume. Thanks, Famitsu. Update 7:35 a.m.: More details have come in. Vol. 4 Story Haseo logs into “The World R:2” for the first time in one year and three months following the events of .hack//G.U. Vol. 3: Redemption. In the large hollow of Qua Holme, he finds a frozen Ovan. Haseo tries to break the ice, but with his current power, he does not have the means to do so. Haseo rounds up his former comrades to go on an adventure to rescue Ovan. Kusabila (voiced by Sumire Morohoshi) A mysterious girl who suddenly appears before Haseo. She seems to know about the large hollow of Qua Holme, but… Haseo 5th Form (voiced by Takahiro Sakurai) The protagonist. His Adept Rogue (multi-weapon) class enables him to handle more weapons the more he grows. Premium Edition Content Game disc (Vol. 1 to 3 + brand new Vol. 4 + Terminal Disc) Premium Disc Set (soundtrack, drama CD, and anime Blu-ray disc) “Secret File” booklet (newly written novel and Vol. 4 artworks) Special box Thanks, Hachima Kikou. Read more at http://gematsu.com/2017/08/hackg-u-last-recode-launches-november-1-japan-includes-brand-new-fourth-volume#H8Lk2USsF0vGTCG7.99
  5. Bandai Namco Entertainment America has announced that .hack//G.U. Last Recode will receive a physical version for PlayStation 4 in the Americas. This is in addition to the previously announced digital versions for PlayStation 4 and PC (Steam). Pre-orders for the physical version are available now at participating retailers such as Amazon, GameStop, and the Bandai Namco Store. .hack//G.U. Last Recode is a collection including the three .hack//G.U. action RPGs Vol. 1: Rebirth, Vol. 2: Reminisce, and Vol. 3: Redemption with updated 1080p resolution, 16:9 widescreen picture, and 60 frames per second frame rate, as well as gameplay balance changes and additional features. In Europe, .hack//G.U. Last Recode was already announced for both a physical and digital release on PlayStation 4. .hack//G.U. Last Recode will launch in 2017. Read more at http://gematsu.com/2017/07/hackg-u-last-recode-ps4-physical-edition-announced-americas#KVcMcuYgTCUzKZaL.99
  6. Bandai Namco has released new information and screenshots on .hack//G.U. Last Recode detailing the remaster collection’s visual, game system, and additional enhancements, as well as providing a look at the series’ cast of characters. Get the information below. ■ What is the .hack series? The .hack project began in April 2002 with the .hack//SIGN TV animation. It expanded to comics, novels, radio, original video animations, specialty magazines, and at the center of it all, games. Users all over the world embraced the series’ overwhelming cross-media expansion and never before done sales style of bundling all four volumes with DVD-Video. .hack Series Timeline .hack Series Timeline 2002 Jan. 8 RadioB radio broadcast started (until March) Apr. 3 .hack//SIGN TV anime broadcast started Apr. 7 .hack//Radio: Ayako and Masumi’s Sumusumi Night radio broadcast started Jun. 20 .hack//Infection (Part 1) game released (and up to Part 4 after) and with the .hack//Liminality (Part 1) original video animation included Oct. 1 .hack//A.I. Buster light novel (by Tatsuya Hamazaki) released (and part two after) 2003 Jan. 8 .hack//Legend of the Twilight TV anime broadcast started (until March) Jun. 1 .hack//ZERO light novel (by Michiko Yokote) published Oct. 24 .hack//Integration DVD-Box released 2004 Mar. 1 .hack//Another Birth (Part 1) light novel (by Kazunori Ito and Miu Kawasaki) released (up until Part 4) 2005 Nov. 23 .hack//Fragment game released Nov. 26 .hack//G.U.: The World specialty magazine published 2006 Apr. 5 .hack//Roots TV anime broadcast started (until September) Apr. 9 .hack//G.U. Radio: Haseo Set radio broadcast started (until April 2007) May 18 .hack//G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth released (and up to Vol. 3 after) Sept. 1 .hack//CELL (Part 1) light novel (by Ryo Suzukaze) published (and Part 2 after) 2007 Apr. 1 .hack//G.U. (Part 1) light novel (by Tatsuya Hamazaki) published (and up to Part 4 after) 2008 Mar. 25 .hack//G.U. Trilogy original video animation released May 1 .hack//Epitaph of Twilight (Part 1) light novel (by Miu Kawasaki) published (and Part 2 after) 2010 Mar. 4 .hack//Link game released 2011 Jan. 28 .hack//Quantum Vol. 1: Walking Party original video animation released (and up to Vol. 3 after) 2012 Jan. 21 .hack//The Other Side Of The World 3D animated movie released Jun. 28 .hack//The Other Side Of The World + Versus hybrid disc released ■ What is .hack//G.U.? .hack// is a large-scale cross-media project consisting of anime, manga, novels, and so on that released in 2002. As a new project, the PlayStation 2 RPG .hack//G.U., which consists of three volumes and released on March 18, 2006, won over enthusiastic fans with its fascinating characters led by protagonist Haseo (voiced by Takahiro Sakurai) and rich drama. ■ 2017 2017 is the 15th anniversary year of the release of .hack// Vol. 1 on PS2, the year in which the .hack//G.U. series takes place, and the year that .hack//G.U. Vol 1, .hack//G.U. Vol 2, and .hack//G.U. Vol 3 are remastered in commemoration of the .hack project’s 15th anniversary. ■ Visual Enhancements (1) Full HD 1080p Resolution The screen layout is 16:9 widescreen, and 4K resolution output is also supported. (2) Frame Rate Maximum Output of 60fps Everything on the screen moves extremely smoothly. (3) High-Resolution Movies (Some Modes Excluded) Enjoy the movies of the .hack//G.U. series in higher resolution than before. —PS2 Version image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_001.jpg —HD Remaster image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_002.jpg (More comparisons available at the gallery below.) (4) Background and UI Texture Resolutions Increased The backgrounds and UI textures have been made higher detail to match the high-definition format. —PS2 Version image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_003.jpg —HD Remaster image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_004.jpg —PS2 Version image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_005.jpg —HD Remaster image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_006.jpg (5) Higher Detail Shadows The shadows cast onto the ground have been made higher detail, and the sense of presence has been enhanced. image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_007.jpg (6) Anti-Aliasing Support The edges of the characters’ polygons have been smoothed out. ■ Game System Enhancements (1) Cheat Mode A new mode has been added for users who have played the .hack//G.U. series in the past or who only want to follow the story. Start the game in the strongest condition. image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_008.jpg (2) Retry Feature Unlike the PS2 versions, in which you were returned to the title screen upon defeat in battle, the HD remaster has added a retry feature that lets you restart the battle from the beginning. Internal correction is performed each time you retry, making it easier to defeat the enemy. image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_009.jpg (3) Battle Balance and Tempo Improvements Movement Speed Increased – The basic running speed has been increased, making area exploration and the like more comfortable. Attack Power Increased – In order to keep the battle tempo efficient and stress-free, the amount of damage the enemy receives has been increased. (Damage received from the enemy has not been changed.) Hit Stop Reduction – Hit stops during attacks have been reduced and players can no longer get caught in an operation, which enhances the battle tempo. (4) Acquired Experience Points Increased The amount of experience points acquired in battle has increased, allowing players to level at a better pace. ■ Other Enhancements Basic Controls and Menu Enhancements The amount of save data slots for each game has been increased from seven to 20. The starting level in the no save data transfer mode has been increased. The maximum amount of items you can hold has been increased from 30 to 90. The maximum amount of a single item you can hold has been increased from 50 to 99. You can now switch between the item menu tabs with a single button. Shortcut controls have been added to the item menu. A sorting feature has been added to the item menu. You can now use the same item consecutively. The UI design has been adjusted to make each equipment’s empty slot amount easier to understand. In the shop menu, you can now see how many of the items being sold you already possess. The maximum amount of Chim Spheres and Virus Cores you can hold has been increased from 99 to 999. A new recovery method called “leisurely break” has been added to the platform and is available from early on in the game. The probability that allies sell the items you give them has been reduced. For Saku and Bo, you can now choose who to invite to the party. A place called “Shop Acorn” has been added to the map. Enhancements from .hack//G.U. Vol 2 and .hack//G.U. Vol 3 have been applied to .hack//G.U. Vol. 1. Avatar Battles Skeith’s standard shot bullet speed has been increased. Balance revisions have been made to enemies’ HP, attack power, charge speed, and the like in Avatar Battles. A stun gauge has been added above the enemy in Avatar Battles. A help UI has been added and design revisions have been made in Avatar Battles. Correction value based on level differences has been enhanced in Avatar Battles. A suspend feature has been added when playing Avatar Battles in the VR System. (VR System is an in-game mode.) Battle Enhancements The rate at which weapon proficiency rises has been increased. A feature has been added to skip Awakening scenes. The flashing of enemies to indicate damage has been alleviated. Gaspard’s initial strategy has been changed from “Life” to “Free Will.” The level of difficulty for some formidable enemies has been alleviated. A limit has been set for the number of summons an ally-summoning type enemy can summon. The amount of damage to the Flight Gauge and Morale Gauge has been increased. The probability that an enemy will inflict status ailments such as paralysis or sleep has been lowered. (The probability that the player will inflict these status ailments on enemies has not been changed.) The probability that characters set to the “Life” strategy will attack has been increased. The amount of additional damage during Beast Awakenings has been revised. Other Changes have been applied to .hack//G.U. Vol. 3 in order to be able to perform marriage events with all of the characters that can become an ally. ■ “Terminal Disc” Included The “Terminal Disc” video collection included with the PS2 version of .hack//G.U. Vol 1 is included with .hack//G.U. Last Recode. By progressing through the game’s story, you will get to see digest movies and backstories from .hack//, which preceded .hack//G.U. ■ And a New Additional Element…!? Please look forward to a followup report! image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_010.jpg ■ Characters…!? Haseo Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai Class: Adept Rogue image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_011.jpg Ovan Voiced by: Hiroki Tohchi Class: Steam Gunner image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_012.jpg Azure Flame Kite Voiced by: Sayaka Aida Class: ??? image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_013.jpg Atoli Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi Class: Harvest Cleric image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_014.jpg Kuhn Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki Class: Steam Gunner image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_015.jpg Pi Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi Class: Tribal Grappler image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_016.jpg Endrance Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga Class: Blade Brandier image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_017.jpg Sakubo Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi Class: Shadow Warlock image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_018.jpg Yata Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki Class: Macabre Dancer image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_019.jpg Silabus Voiced by: Daisuke Sakaguchi Class: Blade Brandier image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_020.jpg (Editor’s Note: Silabus is the man in green in the center.) Gaspard Voiced by: Akio Yajima Class: Shadow Warlock image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_021.jpg (Editor’s Note: Gaspard is the man in orange to the right.) Alkaid Voiced by: Masumi Asano Class: Twin Blade image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU_06-24-17_022.jpg .hack//G.U. Last Recode is due out for PlayStation 4 and PC in late 2017 in the Americas and Europe. The Japanese release window has yet to be announced. View the screenshots at the gallery. Read more at http://gematsu.com/2017/06/hackg-u-last-recode-details-visual-game-system-additional-enhancements#uv4BIuTx07kR48lR.99
  7. .hack//G.U. Last Recode is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe in late 2017, Bandai Namco announced. The European press releases mentions a physical release for the PlayStation 4 version. The U.S. press release does not specify a release method. .hack//Last Recode includes remastered and enhanced versions of .hack//G.U. Vol. 1//Rebirth, hack//G.U. Vol. 2//Reminisce, and hack//G.U. Vol. 3//Redemption. Here’s an overview of the collection, via Bandai Namco: .hack//G.U. Last Recode – the definitive .hack//G.U. experience for existing fans and newbies – collects the three .hack//G.U. action-RPG titles; Rebirth, Reminisce and Redemption with updated 1080p, 16:9 widescreen picture, and 60 fps frame rate, gameplay balance changes and additional features to be announced in the upcoming months. .hack is a multimedia franchise created and developed by famed Japanese developer CyberConnect2. Comprising of video games, anime, novels, and manga, the world of .hack focuses on the mysterious events surrounding a wildly popular in-universe massively multiplayer role-playing game called The World. .hack//G.U. begins after the events of the original .hack series with players assuming the role of Haseo as he tracks down a powerful Player Killer named Tri-Edge who killed his friend’s in-game avatar Shino, and put her in a coma in real life. In addition to offering the .hack//G.U. trilogy, .hack//G.U. Last Recode will also include enhanced battle balance and game pacing to provide an optimal experience as well as a new Cheat Mode allowing players who want to just enjoy the story to start the game with full stats. Watch the announcement trailer below. View a set of screenshots at the gallery. Read more at http://gematsu.com/2017/06/hackg-u-last-recode-coming-west-late-2017#s1cLZAgPwowSvFlP.99
  8. Bandai Namco has released a teaser trailer and first screenshots for .hack//Last Recode, its newly announced remaster collection for PlayStation 4 and PC. .hack//Last Recode includes remastered and enhanced versions of .hack//G.U. Vol. 1//Rebirth, hack//G.U. Vol. 2//Reminisce, and hack//G.U. Vol. 3//Redemption. A release window for .hack//Last Recode has yet to be announced. Currently, the collection has only been confirmed for release in Japan, though the name has been trademarked in the U.S. and Europe. Watch the teaser trailer below. View the screenshots at the gallery. Visit the teaser website here. Read more at http://gematsu.com/2017/06/hacklast-recode-teaser-trailer-screenshots#PDVfUwZlqx1mAG6W.99
  9. Bandai Namco has trademarked “.hack//G.U. Last Recode” in Europe. .hack//G.U. Last Recode is Bandai Namco’s newly announced collection for PlayStation 4 and PC that includes remastered and enhanced versions of .hack//G.U. Vol. 1//Rebirth, hack//G.U. Vol. 2//Reminisce, and hack//G.U. Vol. 3//Redemption. If you missed it, catch the first direct-feed images here. Currently, .hack//G.U. Last Recode has only been confirmed for release in Japan, though a release date has yet to be announced. Visit the .hack series’ official web portal here. Update: “.hack//G.U. Last Recode” was also trademarked in the U.S. Read more at http://gematsu.com/2017/06/hackg-u-last-recode-trademarked-europe#Os7ihckox6xcw5FW.99
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    First look at .hack//G.U. Last Recode

    Famitsu has gone up with the first online preview of .hack//G.U. Last Recode, providing the first direct-feed screenshots of the newly announced remaster collection. image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU-Recode_Fami-shot_06-14-17_002-600x338.jpg .hack//G.U. Last Recode includes remastered versions of .hack//G.U. Vol. 1//Rebirth, hack//G.U. Vol. 2//Reminisce, and hack//G.U. Vol. 3//Redemption. The graphics and features have seen a full-scale evolution, with various new elements being added. image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU-Recode_Fami-shot_06-14-17_003-600x338.jpg Bandai Namco originally released all three volumes of .hack//G.U. between 2006 and 2007, and each release was improved and polished better than the last. However, ten years after the release of Vol. 3///Redemption, not only have the platforms changed, the user play style has also changed. So for .hack//G.U. Last Recode, players can enjoy a .hack//G.U. updated for the modern era. image: http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/dot-Hack-GU-Recode_Fami-shot_06-14-17_004-600x338.jpg .hack//G.U. Last Recode will launch for PlayStation 4 and PC in Japan. A release date has yet to be announced. Read more about the game here. Read more at http://gematsu.com/2017/06/first-look-hackg-u-last-recode#w5MuJFqtacYXyrDZ.99
  11. The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu reveals .hack//G.U. Last Recode, a collection including all three .hack//GU games (Vol. 1//Rebirth , Vol. 2//Reminisce, and Vol. 3//Redemption) for PlayStation 4 and PC. A release date was not announced. Here are the details about the collection from Weekly Famitsu: Updated visuals 1080p and 60 frames per second High-resolution movies High-detail backgrounds and user interface, etc. Game system evolutions Retry feature added Movement speed increased Auto mode (play with your strongest levels and equipment) Maximum items you can possess has been increased to 90 Item menu shortcuts and sort features Feature to use the same item over and over Empty equipment slots are easier to understand Maximum Chim Spheres and Virus Cores you can possess has increased to 999 New recovery method “leisurely break” added to the platform, available from the early stages You can choose between Saku and Bo in the party Decreased the probability of allies selling the items you give them Improvements made in Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 have been applied to Vol. 1 Attack power has been increased and hit stops during attacks have been reduced to speed up the battle tempo Learning weapons proficiency increased and acquired experience points increased You can skip Awakening scenes Some tough enemies have been made a bit easier Keith’s general shot bullet speed has increased Avatar battle balance revised Added suspend feature during Avatar battle gameplay In Vol. 3, changed it to make it possible to do the marriage events with all characters that can become your ally, without having to redo them Additional Elements The videos from “The End of the World” Terminal Disc included with the original PS2 release of Vol. 1 are included in the collection There is a Haseo with an unfamiliar face… Interview Tidbits 2017 is the 15th anniversary since the release of .hack and the 10th anniversary since the release of G.U., as well as the year G.U. is set. In order to commemorate that, we thought to reboot the series. This is a remaster rather than a new work because we want introduce the younger generation to .hack since it has been so long. As for the new elements, you will be able to meet a “Haseo” you “don’t know.” Since it’s the 15th anniversary of .hack, there are also other projects moving along. Development is currently 80 percent complete. Thanks, Famitsu, Hachima Kikou, and Games Talk. Read more at http://gematsu.com/2017/06/hackg-u-last-recode-remaster-collection-announced-ps4-pc#V8r0o3Y0XioIyOzd.99