Bandai Namco Will Unleash .hack//G.U. Last Recode This November

The beloved PlayStation 2 trilogy is almost ready to release on PlayStation 4, complete with new content and features.

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On the PlayStation Blog, Bandai Namco associate brand manager Randy Le made a guest post to announce that .hack//G.U. Last Recode will arrive on PlayStation 4 in North America on November 3, 2017. The compilation includes the last three of seven .hack games originally released on PlayStation 2.

Developed by CyberConnect2, .hack was introduced as a four-game series consisting of Infection, Mutation, Outbreak, and Quarantine. Each installment released several months apart and shipped with a separate disc containing a brief anime episode that told more of the story. Players could use their save files to continue the adventure from one game to the next.

The second .hack//G.U. series, which is the one gathered in the Last Recode collection, consisted of three volumes: Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption. They were originally released closer to the end of the PlayStation 2’s life cycle, and they featured more elaborate visuals, combat, and features.

In .hack//G.U. Last Recode, players assume the role of a young man named Haseo, who enters an online space called The World to find a Player Killer (PK for short) who defeated his friend Shino in-game. Shino slipped into a coma in the real world following that confrontation, so the stakes are high as Haseo hunts his target and learns more about a lethal virus known as AIDA.

If you’re not familiar with the four-game original series, Bandai Namco has you covered with Terminal Disc footage, included in the game. It recaps the events of that previous quartet, so you’re ready to embark on the newer adventures depicted in the trilogy. The development team has also added an all-new fourth episode, Reconnection, which drags Haseo back into The World to save an old friend.

Bandai Namco revealed features new to the compilation, which include increased movement speed, tweaks to improve combat flow, faster leveling so you’ll have to spend less time grinding, and even a “Retry Mode” so you don’t get dumped on the title screen if you fall in battle. Visuals have also been enhanced to display at 1080p resolution and run at 60fps. Most cutscenes were remastered, as well.

If you missed the .hack//G.U. craze when it first was going strong, or if you’ve been interested in learning more about the series (perhaps you watched one of the related anime), .hack//G.U. Last Recode may be of interest. You can even preorder it today, if you’re so inclined. Are you thinking about diving into The World?

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    August 23, 2017 1:27 PM

    Jason Venter posted a new article, Bandai Namco Will Unleash .hack//G.U. Last Recode This November

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      August 23, 2017 1:31 PM

      Please keep your games on a leash and controlled at all times

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      August 23, 2017 6:20 PM

      Got this sucker preordered! :D

      now remake the first series, plz

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        August 23, 2017 10:22 PM

        I was disappointed they went with the second one, rather than the first, because the first one is the one I spent the most time with back in the day... but even if the second set is the only one they ever remake, that's better than the nothing I expected.