Recently, publisher Bandai Namco released a remastered version of the .hack//G.U. trilogy along with an all new fourth episode, Reconnection, titled .hack//G.U. Last Recode. For fans this was a welcomed return to a series that originally released on PlayStation 2 and now costs upwards of $100 for a complete copy of the each game in the series. However, for those following along, G.U. was released as a follow up to the original .hack, which were four volumes titled, .hack//Infection, .hack//Mutation, .hack//Outbreak, and .hack//Quarantine.
Many fans have been left wondering if developer Cyberconnect2 will also grant the original .hack titles the remastered treatment. Today the developer responded to a tweet from a fan, HitStunGaming, who wrote, “I can easily ask about a new .Hack game, but I’m also just as curious about when/if a remaster of the original games from the Project.Hack days can happen? I would be more than happy about either. Also, great job with this remaster, really loving it.”
The developer responded by saying, “It all depends on if the demand is there. Thanks for your support!” This would seem to most like a PR style reply, but surprisingly, publisher Bandai Namco also got in on the tease by adding, “*cough, cough*”.
Update: Bandai Namco has since deleted their tweet, but here’s a screenshot of the remark:
This could mean that the publisher and developer have come to terms with a possibility of remastering the first .hack series or possibly continuing the series with a new entry. Either way, fans of the .hack series will surely get excited for this gesture of a .hack remaster made by the two companies and which will hopefully pay off.
.hack//G.U. Last Recode is available now for PlayStation 4 and PC.