.hack//G.U. Last Recode Game's 'Vol. 4' Adds Ovan

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
PS4, PC game slated for November 1 in Japan, November 3 in N. America, late 2017 in Europe

This week's issue of Kadokawa's Weekly Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that .hack//G.U. Last Recode, Bandai Namco Entertainment's HD remaster of the .hack//G.U. game, will add Ovan to the new "Vol. 4." Ovan, a character who does not join the party in .hack//G.U., will be able to battle with Haseo as a party member.

.hack//G.U. Last Recode will launch in Japan for PlayStation 4 and PC on November 1, and on November 3 in North America. The game will get a physical release for PlayStation 4 in North America. The game is also slated to ship in Europe in late 2017. As in the Americas, the game will be be available in Europe both physically and digitally for PlayStation 4, and digitally for Steam.

The release will include remastered and enhanced versions of the .hack//G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth, .hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce, and .hack//G.U. Vol. 3: Redemption games. The game will also add a new "Vol. 4" that takes place after the original story. The HD remaster marks the .hack series' 15th anniversary.

The game will feature new elements that “make it feel like a new game.” The full-HD remaster will have high-definition movies, including all movies from the Terminal Disk that bundled with the special edition of .hack//G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth. System improvements will include an added retry function, Cheat Mode, and rebalanced avatar battles. The release will increase movement speed, item slots, battle tempo, Skeith's shooting speed, and other systems. In addition, "Haseo with an unfamiliar look" will appear.

The original .hack//G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth role-playing game shipped for PlayStation 2 in Japan and North America in 2006. .hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce shipped in Japan in 2006 and in North America in 2007. .hack//G.U. Vol. 3: Redemption shipped in Japan and North America in 2007. The games inspired a manga, light novel, and the .hack//G.U. Trilogy anime film. Bandai Entertainment and Funimation released the anime on DVD in North America.

[Via Siliconera]

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