Back in December 2011, Famitsu released an official announcement from CyberConnect2 that confirmed the latest addition to the .hack line up. Not much was said about the game, and fans were left with a few screenshots showing off Haseo from .hack//GU. In addition to seeing the familiar face, we saw that they had dropped the more anime style graphics in favor of photo-realistic designs. What we didn't know was what the game would be called, or what it would contain. Today we know those two things: the game is called .hack//Versus and will be a fighting game.
It's not too shocking that the series is branching into the fighting game genre given the current trend for anime and RPG games as of late. After all, this summer see's the release of Persona 4: Arena and we've seen the release of Psycho Breaker to the English speaking market in March. Not to mention Dissidia, and Fate Unlimited/Codes have been around for awhile now on the Playstation Portable system.
.hack//Versus will use the Naruto fighting games' viewpoint for battles – not all that surprising as CyberConnect2 is behind the lineup as well. The game will also feature 3D support. Other than that, we don't know what characters will be on the cast.
There isn't any news on whether or not the game will make it to the international market, but it will be bundled with the latest movie .hack//Sekkai no Mukō ni and available to purchase in Japan on June 28. The standard version of the game will cost ¥7,140 (roughly $85), while "The World" edition will cost ¥10,500 (around $120). The special World (Collector's Edition) will come with a set of 25 jacket-sized posters, a 48-page art book, a special DVD and box, and other extra goodies.
Here's to hoping we see it in the states.