If you’re looking for more information on .hack//G.U.‘s remaster .hack//G.U. Last Recode, you have come to the right place, as today both Amazon Japan and the latest issue of the Japanese magazine Famitsu had goodies to share.
The Japanese arm of Amazon had some lovely direct feed screenshots, while Famitsu had the reveal of the fourth chapter that will follow the third volume Redemption.
Keep in mind that if you’re completely blind on the story, and want to stay that way, you should not read further, as the rest of this article includes spoilers on the previous volumes (as you could expect from a description of what is basically the sequel).
In Volume 4 that dirctly follows the events of Redemption, The service of The World R:2 is being terminated due the continuous issues affecting its operation. Haseo himself has quit The World, but he continued to investigate the whereabouts of Ovan, who disappeared in the network. At long last, he is about to find him. In order to fulfill the last promise that he couldn’t before, and locate Ovan before the servers close, Haseo logs into The World once more.
We also get to see a new location, the Lost Cave of Kurholm. It’s the focus of the new episode, and it’s dominated by a giant ice pillar in which Ovan is trapped, with strange inscriptions carved on the surrounding rocks.
The members of the Canard guild will also appear in the new chapter, and when Haseo logs into The World R:2 for the first time after one year and three months of inctivity, they assemble to help him in his adventure to rescue Ovan.
During that quest, he will meet a new character. Her name is Xavira and she suddenly approaches Haseo after his return. She seems to know about the Lost Cave of Kurholm. Apparently she holds the key to the story, but her identity is a mystery.
Last, but not least, we get to see Haseo’s 5th form. Thanks to a special class and the power of a new “multi weapon” he will be able to evolve during Volume 4.
Actually, I lied, that wasn’t really the last goodie we get, as we also take a look at the newly-released Premium Edition for the Japanese market.
It comes with the game (which includes the volumes from 1 to 4, plus the Terminal Disk), a Premium Disk Set including the soundtrack, a drama CD and an anime Blue-Ray, a “Secret File” booklet including fiction and a collection of materials used to create Volume 4, and a special box.
You can check out all the images below, keeping in mind that they also contain spoilers, and from the 11th picture onward they’re from magazine scans, so they’re not representative of the final quality of the game.
At the moment we don’t have a western release date for the game, that will launch in Japan on November 1st for PS4 and PC. For now all we know is the already announced a “late 2017” window for North America and Europe. Luckily for those who love Japanese voice acting, dual audio (English and Japanese) has also been confirmed officially, on top of English, German and French subtitles. You can also check out a large batch of recent screenshots, and the first trailer.