The PlayStation 2 played host to an incredible number of Japanese role-playing games, with Final Fantasy, Persona, Shin Megami Tensei, Suikoden, and many more launched over its lifespan. One of the franchises that may have been lost in the masses, however, was .hack, a property that spanned several games, anime series, movies, and manga. Bandai Namco recently announced that they would be remastering the .hack//G.U. trilogy, and bringing it to modern systems for those who missed it the first time.
To give some background, the .hack franchise takes place in a fictional MMORPG called The World. It’s kind of like Sword Art Online before Sword Art Online. Oddly, Bandai Namco aren’t remastering the first four .hack games (Infection, Mutation, Outbreak, and Quarantine) and are instead going for the later G.U. trilogy. Here’s a mostly nonsensical trailer:
.hack//G.U. Last Recode will cast players as Haseo, who travels The World hunting players who have killed other players. The ultimate goal is to track down Tri-Edge, a powerful player who put Haseo’s friend into a coma in real life. The remaster brings new gameplay modes, and graphical enhancements, as well as packaging all three G.U. games together. The game is heading to PC and PS4, but a release date hasn’t been announced yet.