New surprising information on .hack//G.U. Last Recode has been revealed in the latest Weekly Famitsu magazine. Other than including the original three volumes of the series (Rebirth, Reminisce, Redemption), Last Recode will also have a brand-new 4th Volume, officially turning it into a tetralogy just like the first .hack series (Infection, Mutation, Outbreak, Quarantine).
The Japanese subtitle for the new Vol.4 is Or Dreams of Snakes that Connect the World, and currently, the English subtitle has not been known yet.
UPDATE: Early details have been available, courtesy of Hachima. You can read the translated information after the jump.
UPDATE 2: We have obtained the magazine ourselves, and added more details from the magazine article.
Story Synopsis of Vol.4
A year and 3 months have passed since Haseo last logged into The World R:2, after the events of Vol.3 Redemption have ended. CC Corporation has since announced to close down the MMORPG on 31 December 2018 due to having many server problems. Haseo had been trying to investigate the whereabouts of Ovan who disappeared into the depths of the network, and finally decided to log back into The World R:2 to find and rescue Ovan before the game shuts down, to be able to fulfill his final promise to him.
When Haseo comes back to The World R:2, he found Ovan encased in a giant ice stalactite inside a new Lost Ground named the Great Cave of Cua Holm, where the giant stalactite is located at the center of the cave while being surrounded by epitaph stones. Haseo tried to break the ice but was unsuccessful even with his current Xth form, so he gathers his old friends once again on an adventure to rescue Ovan.
Characters in Vol.4
Vol.4 will introduce a brand-new character named Kusabira (voiced by Sumire Morohoshi), a mysterious girl who suddenly appeared at front of Haseo and seems to know something about the Great Cave of Cua Holm. This girl with a Japanese-style clothing on her head, and holds the key to the story in Vol.4. However, we wonder if she has a true identity.
Haseo will also gain a new power in Vol.4 that will give him another new form, called the 5th Form. Another new weapon, the whip-sword, is also added to his arsenal.
The Famitsu article has also confirmed that Silabus, Gaspard, Atoli, Shino, Alkaid, and Tabby will return to reunite with Haseo and help him in rescuing Ovan.
.hack//G.U. Last Recode will also have a limited Premium Edition which contains the following items:
- Game disc (Contains Vol.1~3, the new Vol.4 and Terminal Disc)
- Premium Disc Set (Contains the original soundtrack, Innocent Call drama CD and .hack//G.U. Returner anime Blu-ray disc)
- Secret File booklet (Contains newly written novel .hack//G.U. Ragtime, and setting materials of Vol.4)
- Specially-made package box
.hack//G.U. Last Recode is just announced to be released in Japan on November 1 for PlayStation 4 and Steam. It will also come to the West in Late 2017 and will have Japanese and English dual audio option, as well as subtitles in English, French, and German. You can read more on that right here.