Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced that .hack//G.U. Last Recode will be available on Switch on March 10, 2022. Originally released for PC -via Steam– and PS4, the collection includes the three games from the .hack//G.U. series along with a fourth entry made to conclude the story.
The announcement isn’t unexpected, as the Switch version was rated by the ESRB in August. Developed by CyberConnect2, .hack// is a multimedia franchise that included multiple games, anime, manga and novels. While the original PS2 quadrilogy took place in the fictional VRMMORPG The World:R1 and followed the adventures of Kite and Black Rose, the G.U. games focus on Haseo’s search for Tri-Edge in the revised The World R:2.
Besides the new fourth entry, the remastered collection includes improved gameplay, higher resolution graphics, and new character models. This includes better frame rate but also fixes to some systems which held them back originally, with adjustments that streamlined the experience and made it up to par with more modern quality expectations.
Check out the Switch trailer:
Back in 2019, CyberConnect2 mentioned they were not developing a remake of the original .hack// quadrilogy that came before G.U. but they were interested in such a project. With .hack// G.U. Last Recode also coming to Switch, the combined sales might also improve the chances of Bandai Namco greenlighting such a project or maybe an entirely new one eventually.
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