Future of .hack Console Games Depend on Franchise Appeal

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

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CyberConnect2 president Hiroshi Matsuyama stated at a company event this past Saturday that a “second wave” of .hack material will be coming to Guilty Dragon. This led people to question whether the .hack franchise will make a return to consoles. His response? It depends on how popular the .hack material in Guilty Dragon is.

Right now, it’s extremely difficult to continue an original series via console games. But that doesn’t mean we’re not doing any planning at all. The .hack series right now is Guilty Dragon, so, to put it bluntly, if Guilty Dragon‘s sales and profits reach a certain scale, and we’re told “.hack is pretty popular, time for you to make another,” then, “just in case something like that happens,” we’re planning so that we could continue to develop the series.

The last major .hack RPG that was made for consoles was the .hack//G.U. trilogy, which was released on the PS2 between 2006 and 2007. It’s worth pointing out that neither it nor the original .hack PS2 series were given the HD treatment for the PS3. Maybe instead of holding the franchise to ransom via a social game on mobile devices to test its popularity, it would be a better idea to port them to the PS3? Just a thought.

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  • bluedog

    HD rerelease of .hack gu with the leveleling system scaled so that all three games can be played seamlessly would be a start.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    I don’t even have a PS3 yet, but if they released the original four .hack games as an HD remake collection, I’d probably have it pre-ordered, and get a PS3 soon after. That series was awesome (the anime and the games).

  • DigDugDude

    HD ports would be fantastic. I think what really killed sales was all the major game reviews would rate each one individually and give each sequel a lower score for not being “different” enough from the last. The west just really doesn’t like volume based series. It’s frustrating.

    • This was essentially episodic gaming before Valve and Telltale made this method famous. I like to think the series was ahead of its time.

  • Vallen

    .Hack is my favorite franchise of games, I really hope we get some real games and not mobile crap

  • Because of a mobile game that’s unrelated? THAT’S HOW YOU ARE GOING TO MEASURE APPEAL?!
    That’s wrong…

    *Sigh*

    Heck, you know what would be a GREAT way to measure appeal?! Just do an HD Collection pack with all 7 PS2 games and the PSP game.

    .Hack is one of my favorite series of all time. Shame to see it just get tossed to way side.

    Cyberconnect2 just can’t seem to get a break when it comes to their original IPs like Asura’s Wrath, or .Hack or anything

  • Keith

    All 7 games in glorious HD on PS3 would get all of my support. Just ****ing all of it. I’d pre-order them so fast CC Corp’s and Namco’s heads would spin. I’m on my 3rd playthrough of G.U. right now. Going to attempt Forest of Pain after beating the story.

  • RagunaXL

    A loyalty tax is the last thing CyberConnect2 should ask for. “We want you to buy this quasi-related IP software and mmmmmmaybe we’ll think about planning something indescript in the unforeseeable future.” RPG fan everywhere are still tending those wounds. Chrono 3 could only happen if the random (yet awesome) Chrono Trigger DS sells well.
    The only way to get a true .hack series started is to boycott Guilty Dragon and start an operation rainfall style petition explain what it is we really want from them.
    Guilty Dragon fans, sorry. But many of us have a PS3 and no smart phone.