Kuukai wrote:I'm not sure how much has been discussed anywhere else, but I'm slowly progressing though the game and here's what's happened so far. It helps to watch my Link videos first since so far this is all a direct sequel to the plot of Link, moreso than the movie or Quantum or anything else--it deals with real-digitalization rather than soul-digitalization.
-In 2025, CC is closed-beta testing a new online fighting game, Versus: The World, based on the history of The World, that will be released the next year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The World being released in 2006.
-You play a beta tester you can change basically everything about, so I'll just call this person "the champion." The champion swiftly rises through the ranks and creates quite a stir on the boards, especially among newbies. The boards are also populated by all the junkie players you'd expect to be beta testing this thing, from Silver Knight to Piros 4 Ever to Kuhn. Most of them are concurrently playing FORCE:ERA. Sakuya even makes a real appearance on the boards, prompting requests for autographs and screenshots from fans of Versus with her inexplicable celebrity status. No one really knows why she's in the game, although Tobias and Mary attempt to explain Bloody Christmas (the events of 2022) to the board.
-The server is taken down many times due to unauthorized access from a hacker, which turns out to be real-digitalized Tokio. Tokio eventually contacts the champion and asks the champion to fight him, telling them that they're a "possibility"--and that all the other "possibilities" he's found have turned out to be no good.
-After being defeated twice, Tokio reveals that any normal human would have been real-digitalized by now during these battles. Many beta testers for the game have been real-digitalized and haven't been heard from. However, the champion possesses a special disposition (pretty much the opposite of a doubleware) making them immune to real-digitalization. This is what Tokio has been looking for. Tokio isn't sure what CC is planning by bringing back this technology, but he tracked down an area on the server that's the origin of the real-digitalization signal, a very dangerous Battle Point that would bring any normal player into the game before they could defeat it. Tokio wants the champion to do what no one else can and defeat this area, allowing him to shut down the system and his friends to trigger a reset program that frees the trapped players.
At this point his friends are still working on the program and I need to finish the Gold tier (slow, I know, I've been busy with life... I was literally climbing Mt. Fuji when this came out), I'll update this when things progress...
CC discovers Tokio has an accomplice among the beta testers, and starts trying to track them down. Since the player's whole ability is that they can't escape into a computer if the feds bust down the door, Tokio decides not to involve this person any further--but tells them to continue playing normally, because it would look suspicious if they quit right away.
Getting closer to being champion, think this is probably going to wrap up soon.
You trigger the reset program, which frees Tokio as well, CC cancels the beta test (but allows testers to keep playing offline with their installed data). Dozens upon dozens of players were real-digitalized during the beta test as an experiment. Tokio theorizes that all of the beta testers would have been trapped in the game. According to the news, missing persons are coming back. CC gave up on chasing Tokio and the player, deciding to pretend that nothing happened. Tokio promises that he and his friends will take over from here.
It's really cool the way Tokio uses his powers to narrate at the end. I wonder if the credits are eventually replayable, they're awesome.
Okay, I have a headache and I'm tired but let me see if I get this.
In the year 2025 CC Corp decides to bring back the Real-Digitalization technology started by Amagi (for reasons unknown, but with CC Corp they don't need a reason) and they concocted Verses: The World as a front to experiment with people to see who are Double-Wares and who aren't. Eventually, Tokio who I'm assuming learned to how to manipulate his Double-Ware ability on the fly hacks into the closed beta by real digitalizing himself into the game. He soon(or probably from the beginning) learns of what CC Corp is planning but not sure why but knows well enough that it can't be good and the reason why he hacks into Versus: The World is to find help, initially other Double-Wares like him but unfortunately, those that he found were Real-Digitalized and somehow disappeared. He then comes across you and after "testing" you he learns that you have an immunity to the Real-Digitalization or rather an "Anti-Double Ware" and since you are immune to Real-Digitalization you're able to help Tokio out without dangers of disappearing.
Eventually you and Tokio discover what I'm assuming is source of the of the wavelength of light that convert mass into data and allows for Real-Digitalization. And gives you the task destroy it and free those who were trapped. Soon however CC Corp discovers Tokio whereabouts and his apparent accomplice(you) and goes after you both. Tokio gets caught and its all up to you to destroy the source of the wavelength and free all those who were Real-Digitalized.
In the end, you activate the reset program which destroys the source of the Real-Digitalization wavelength light and resets Versus: The World. Those who were Real-Digitalized and apparently reported as missing people in the real world started returning and to cover their ass and dissolve any possibility of CC Corp being related to the missing people(which they so are) they ended the CBT of Versus: The World, stop all pursuits of Tokio(who I'm assuming has disappeared at this time) and you and throw off this whole ordeal as if nothing has ever happened. But in the end Tokio and his friends promise to take over the well-being of the internet(?) or The World Force: Era(?)(Clarify me on which one) from there.
I hope I got it. Truth be told, it started to make a lot more sense as I wrote it (a lot more sense than Link which I still don't fully understand) but questions. Who are Tokios' friends? Haseo and everyone from before? And if so are they AIs like in Link?
All and all I'm surprised and not surprised at CC Corp this time around. They've always been greedy, manipulative bastards but this is technically kidnapping. And for what, experimentation of Real-Digitalization? If word of all this ever hit the public eye CC Corp would be shut down and completely arrested.