Lindz wrote:Sooooo 5th Form! Prolly a placeholder name. Rogues only get up to 3 forms normally, and Xth was well... Xth, not 4th. I'd say its likely this new form gets its own special name.
Also to reconcile the form not showing up in Link or Versus... well thats what the 15th month gap is for! After that much time away Haseo's legend and notoriety will have faded some amongst normal players. People would remember his appearances and personality form when he was making big waves in R:2. TK Haseo was only ever 1st Form anyhow canonically so that checks out. Versus is all about that nostalgia so CC Corp. stopping at Xth checks out as well.
As for Vol.4 as a whole I expect it to be pretty small scale and personal in terms of story. No more AIDA, Cubia got dunked on, and presumably the game and real world at large are at peace. Now of course theres gonna be a big bad / final boss but they can't just go introducing some major new catastrophic force! Maybe the opposition could be hackers? Feel like that would be a nice change of pace.
Now what about Returner since its included in the Premium Edition package? At the very start of that episode you see Haseo's inbox and on this screen among other things is "(c) 2016-2017 MineSystems all rights reserved". This can be taken as yeah, Returner happened in 2017. The episode itself has a Summer Festival theme to it, an wouldn't ya know... Vol.3 ends in the summer! We dun gotta take Haseo's retirement as happening immediately the day after Vol.3's epilogue.
You know I'm not really sure when all this is supposed to happen. (How dare they go after Peaco's Story. Atoli's character development is a work of art.) But it would be even more surprising if Vol 4. was after Returner and Kusabila or someone else was behind why
Ovan is trapped in that stone. On a side note I think Saika and Geist also appear around this time as well. Since Saika did first encounter AIKA in The World two years before the start of The World R:...
Wait a minute...
Sources: rpgsite.net & .hack//archives 057_7
a coincidence... eh...
(Phantom) Thief wrote: or Kusabila will become AIKA.
Didn't even consider this. The AIDA released in Returner is implied to be AIKA, right? I wonder if she could take on such a form so quickly.
I'm not too certain myself. But if we include the monster from returner then she's had at least three forms so far. So maybe Ovan was using her as a messenger. Another idea that's come to mind is are some of the newer characters from the web novels.
Xu Yuan wrote:It's odd you mention Zelkova. To me Kusabira reminds me a lot of Zelkova, the white aesthetic, that weird sash flowing from Zelkova's Goddess Scythe seems to bear similar appearance to Kusabira's sashe's. If she does have some relation to Zelkova she might be another Vagrant AI. She doesn't seem to bear any similarities to AIKA as far as I can see.
Yeah. I guess it might be too much of a stretch. Maybe she's just another AI produced by the game.
Dasha wrote:Hmm, since the Vol. 4 happens after .hack//G.U. Returner (if I have read that correctly), I would like for Sakisaka to be there. He was one of my favorite characters from the Project G.U. and I thought it was a bit of a shame that he was nowhere to be seen in the games back in the days. Maybe he could join one last time? Especially since Tabby will appear in the story of the Vol. 4 judging by the screenshots, and I really like the way they interact with each other, it is adorable.
Never give up hope. Though they haven't really mentioned anything. Maybe in the future we could get some sort of large spinoff game for what he was doing back then since the game Sakikaka switched to Riot Gun was also affected by AIDA.
Bullet Biter wrote:Some interesting bits of info:
The text on Haseo's new sword says KEY OF TWILIGHT
The text on the stones in Qua Holme say:
WAKE UP AGAIN
IF DEAR YOUR
EVEN YOU ARE
I'm very interested to see what this all means. Even if Vol.4 ends up being short it is looking like it'll be exciting.
That's actually very awesome. Although it doesn't make much sense. My guess is that the princess in this case is actually Aina..
Adhemas wrote:This sounds like some disordered cut phrases. Something like "Dear Princess, even if you are exhausted, wake up again" although this is just some quick guess, the rest is still missing but I don't know how to form an actual phrase out of that - might be "maybe your body sleep(s)?" or something. But the "graves voice listen" doesn't fit and it would require a "to" like "listen to (your) voice" or something. Anyway it sounds like a prayer to Aura or something like that.
Really looking forward to this, I hope the game/s will sell on steam since it seems to be some project that might just be the beginning of another .hack season, depending on how popular it gets. Did they ever say anything about the plot of the included LN? I wish it was about Ovan meeting Aina again in real life, but who knows.
That actually makes more sense. Although Aura vanished after R:2 someone has to wake her up eventually... . wait just another moment what happened to her after Returner
Kuukai wrote:"Or the Dreams of the Serpents who Spin the World"
I think it's been mostly said, but this is a reference to an existing theme in G.U., the idea that history repeats itself in The World. "Gate of Uroboros: To My Sister..." is the 12th Bansyoya file, where he has to pass on his mission to Pi. It's also referenced by Yata's interior design sense:
The cycle of death and rebirth (which notably are the first and last phases) feeding each other and holding the world together has existed since ancient times:
I think everyone knows my stance on this, but I think Kusabira has something to do with with Zelkova and Spoke. Haseo also has the "AIDA dots" though, and Ovan is connected to the benign AIDA in Returner, so that's possible as well. Or all of the above.
We didn't even know about Vol.4 when they announced the remaster, it's possible what we know now is still a small sliver of a full volume with a new Arena, etc. (Although I'm not sure I'd want/need that)
She could be. There's so much going on with the series that its really hard to guess what's about go down. Genius should be starting things around this time. We hardly know anything about papa... other than they have wandering AI and that there's a mama.