Bullet Biter wrote:after playing through GU again I appreciate how streamlined the game is plotwise compared to Link which...kinda drags more often than it should?
It's a general theme of .hack, especially the second and third seasons. From Haseo saying, "I want to see everything I've become involved with to the end" to Tanaka saying, "We may be more connected than we think" to Kite(Sora's) desperate plea to Aura, "I want to be connected to everyone!" It's so minimal I'm not sure it's a teaser, but the operative words are probably "new world."Falions wrote:1. Most obviously is the teaser after the credits of Vol. 4. "Connected people" is a motif that was heavily used in the third season. The commercials for Link had the cast repeating "繋がる" and the teaser at the end of Link said something like "We are more connected than we think" IIRC.
Innocent call clarified that: I'll be looking into the novel soon. It's important to remember this is an interquel though, it makes sense that they would add some connections to future events in the .hack universe. I believe Genius is still president of CC Corp at the time of the novel, and Yata is a distinguished employee. Although we need to know what the true purpose of the is.That could tie into Link, but that doesn't mean it ties into the next game. It might be more like, "Surprise! Yata was involved behind the scenes in Link."Falions wrote:3. Limited edition of Last Recode. I thought bundling Returner was an odd choice considering how Vol. 4 was aiming to provide closure, but then I remembered that AIKA was born in Returner. This, and Genius' appearance in the Ragtime novel (would love some context for that) make me really feel like some return to third season is on its way.
This would be awesome, but I don't see a lot of evidence for that at this point. I think we might return to the Tanaka arc if the next game is greenlit. I think the new AIDA, and AIKA, will be important. MaMa has ignored them, but they are powerful in their own way. If one was able to help stop Immortal Dusk, they definitely have a role to play in causing or preventing Twilight.Falions wrote:Perhaps a complete and total remake of Link. Rewrite the plot to feature maybe only the mainline .hack entries, contextualize mama within the narrative, and overhaul the gameplay to offer more variety and depth. Though, there are some other questions, too.
Kuukai wrote:The next phase of .hack is presumably N.U. - unless they have dropped this and are doing something else.
Kuukai wrote:It's basically like Eva.
I'm not sure that's necessarily true. It's entirely possible that New World was a sidestory that was thematically connected but otherwise not related to the overall plot of timeframe of the rest of the project. Like Epitaph of Twilight. We'll have to wait and see. I also really want to see what they're doing.Falions wrote:But wasn't N.U. given to New World? Isn't that so far in the future that it would make no sense to jump back there? I am mostly desperate for the Tanaka arc.
Kuukai wrote:Ovan has a fun final day with Haseo, but discovers he can't log out due to Kusabira. Or he stays to preserve Kusabira.
I hope the naming never becomes quite like Kingdom Hearts, I love Kingdom Hearts but Square Enix doesn't know how to name anything. That said they also shouldn't name anything longer than the paragraph that is the Japanese name of Vol.4.
A port of Versus might be a little tricky. The PS3 has a very unique architecture so porting takes some effort. PS3->PC is easier than PC->PS3, but it's not zero effort. Japanese developers tend to be sensitive to that sort of thing. That said, it's a great idea, they really should just throw it on Stream with like DLC Balmung or something.Adhemas wrote:I somehow really hope we will get a Steam version of Versus someday. I could imagine this being the next thing, now that the GU sales were quite good. It would make a bit of money and keep the hype alive while/if they're working on or thinking about possible sequels and since it's already done there isn't too much work involved - it's basically the port and a translation.
Kuukai wrote:That said, it's a great idea, they really should just through it on Stream with like DLC Balmung or something.
(Phantom) Thief wrote:Also while I don't think the creators will remove Quantum from the main timeline I do feel like there will be more media leading into R:X, since .hack//Bullet & .hack//Versus do include references to what happened in Quantum, plus the fact that the series is also currently being promoted alongside .hack//G.U. Trilogy and .hack//The Movie.
Adhemas wrote: I have to admit that I never cared about Force:Era, but this was simply because I never even touched the new games (not only am not good enough in understanding Japanese, I didn't even own a smart phone till a few months ago).
Glad to hear that on the business end. It'll be interesting to see what CC2 does with that.(Phantom) Thief wrote:I think that with Bandai Namco they're planning to continue the series for the next 10 - 20 years.
Well... Trilogy isn't canon. But I do agree there are ways the ways I listed above that they can make Quantum work.(Phantom) Thief wrote:Also while I don't think the creators will remove Quantum from the main timeline I do feel like there will be more media leading into R:X, since .hack//Bullet & .hack//Versus do include references to what happened in Quantum, plus the fact that the series is also currently being promoted alongside .hack//G.U. Trilogy and .hack//The Movie.
That's an interesting theory, but I believe Ovan was just a Versus The World level, if it was actually Ovan then things would have transpired pretty differently I think.(Phantom) Thief wrote:I don't know how things will turn out however it could be that Masato Indou is like Ryou (Sora) and is too deeply tied to his remaining character data and looses consciousness over time and later becomes a wandering AI and with some interference from Mama somehow ends up as the Ovan from .hack//Versus.
FORCE:ERA was only used for the movie. That's probably because it's so detailed and cool (30+ class tree and guild airship fleets) that the only places where it would work as a setting are either a full RPG with all the stops pulled out or visual media like movies/anime. It would be hard to adapt believably to a smartphone game with tap-based combat and a handful of classes (and as they've shown it's just easier to spawn totally new one-shot versions of The World from the future). We are teased in Versus, which takes place while FORCE:ERA is running, shares the same OS desktop, and (unlike Reconnection) has fully functional (3d!) forums where the players playing FORCE:ERA (including Piros 4 Ever) discuss it.Adhemas wrote:And thanks for the answers. I have to admit that I never cared about Force:Era, but this was simply because I never even touched the new games (not only am not good enough in understanding Japanese, I didn't even own a smart phone till a few months ago).
Quantum is so short and Pi's exposition so fast that you could get whiplash, but Hermit's real body turned out to be on ice and everything worked out for him.Falions wrote:Also, isn't Hermit, like, 100% dead? That was the twist in Quantum, right?
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