Okay, so I have yet to see this news get the proper attention it deserves from major outlets. Maybe I missed it somehow, but it seems very few outlets have noticed it, probably because it was kind of a low key announcement during E3, specifically in a magazine. So, I figure I might as well make a dedicated article for it to get the word out.
I’ve never played the DotHack games. I’ve wanted too, but they’ve always been pretty expensive to get a hold of since they’re from the PS2 era. So I’ve had to stick to the anime and movies which are all admittedly good. But now the second series, G.U., is getting remastered for the PlayStation 4 and PC. It’s called “.hack//G.U. Last Recode” and features not only improved graphics, but also comprehensive gameplay enhancements to bring it up to modern standards. The full list of enhancements are as follows:
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Evolution Point 1 – Major Visual Evolution
- Full-HD (1080p)
- High-definition movies
- Supports 60fps
- High-definition backgrounds and UI
Evolution Point 2 – Game System Improvements
- Added retry function
- Cheat Mode (Play with maxed out level and equipment)
- Movement speed increased
- Item slot number increased to 90
- Item menu shortcut and sort functions added
- Certain items have consecutive usage function
- Made easier to see empty equipment slots
- Chim Sphere and Virus Core possession cap at 999
- Reduced probability of allies selling off items you give them
- Improvements that were made in Vol. 2: Reminisce and Vol. 3: Redemption will be reflected on Vol. 1: Rebirth in the HD Remaster.
- Battle tempo increased with a rise in offensive ability and reduction in hitstop.
- Weapon skill up rates increased
- Increase in experience points gained
- Some powerful enemies have been mitigated
- Skeith’s shooting speed has been increased
- Avatar battles have been rebalanced
- In addition to being able to redo the Marriage Events in Vol. 3: Redemption, you’ll get to do it with all characters that become party members
Evolution Point 3 – New Elements Added
- All movies from the Terminal Disk that was bundled with the special edition copy of .hack//G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth will be included.
- Haseo with an unfamiliar look appears…
So as you can see, this is not your run of the mill HD remaster. I’d go out on a limb and say that it’s more akin to a remake, but since it isn’t being rebuilt entirely from scratch it’s technically still a remaster and definitely won’t look quite as shiny as your average PS4 game.
As of right now, the remaster has no set release date though I do recall something being mentioned about 2017 since it’s the 15th anniversary of the franchise. At this time there is no word on a western release for the remaster, though I’m sure if there are plans for it they’ll be made known eventually, probably after it has already released in Japan. If you’re not satisfied with that though, feel free to knock down Bandai Namco’s door about it in anyway you can.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m gonna go watch G.U. Trilogy and .hack//The Movie since my interest in the series has been rekindled.