It appears that the .hack series is coming to a Nintendo console, with .hack//G.U. Last Recode getting rated for the Nintendo Switch by ESRB. Gematsu discovered the new rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board.
.hack//G.U. Last Recode is a high-definition remaster collection of the G.U. trilogy. It features the three titles .hack//G.U. Vol. 1//Rebirth, Vol. 2//Reminisce, and Vol. 3//Redemption. It also includes a newly added fourth title, Vol. 4//Reconnection, which takes place a little over a year after the events of Vol. 3//Redemption. The HD remaster features enhanced graphics, improved gameplay, an updated UI, and new modes.
The original .hack//G.U. trilogy was released for the PlayStation 2 with Vol. 1//Rebirth in May 2006, Vol. 2//Reminisce in September 2006, and Vol. 3//Redemption in January 2007. The story of the trilogy takes place seven years after the events of .hack, the original and first generation of the multimedia franchise, Project .hack. It is centered around a new version of the fictional MMORPG called “The World.”
Check out a comparison video from Bandai Namco that shows the difference between the original PS2 version of .hack//G.U and the Last Recode remaster on PS4 below:
.hack//G.U. Last Recode ESRB Rating Summary
This is a collection of four role-playing games in which players assume the role of a participant in a fictional game called The World. From a third-person perspective, players explore towns and dungeons, interact with characters, and battle various enemies (e.g., monsters, human rivals, robots). Characters use swords, scythes, magic attacks, and guns to defeat enemies in melee combat. One cutscene depicts words written in blood on a hospital wall. Some female characters wear outfits that expose large amounts of cleavage; cutscenes also depict male characters ogling women’s breasts and buttocks. Characters make several references to alcohol in the dialogue (e.g., “…[H]urry up with the booze”; “…in order to fog their minds with drink”; “…the legendary drunkard”; “Liquor! More liquor!”). The words “b*tch” and “a*s” appear in the game.
.hack//G.U. Last Recode is available for PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam — and apparently soon for Switch.