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Bandai Namco commences celebrations for .hack 20th anniversary

Celebrate the .hack 20th anniversary with commemorative merchandise and a special event!

In a new trailer, Bandai Namco revealed the start of its celebrations for the .hack 20th anniversary.

The JRPG series, that first began in 2002 on the PlayStation 2, most recently received the remastered four-game collection .hack//G.U. Last Recode on Nintendo Switch this past March. Now, in a continued celebration for the longstanding series, Bandai Namco announced a variety of releases and events to commemorate the franchise. The anniversary festivities range from commemorative items to fun-filled exhibits.

.hack 20th anniversary trailer

The first of the commemorative projects is the .hack// 20th Anniversary Book. Releasing July 19, this all-encompassing book details the history of the .hack series, dating back to the first game .hack//Infection Vol. 1. Other celebratory items releasing this year include limited edition commemorative art work and CD featuring three volumes of music from .hack. Each of these items releases in December this year.

In addition, from August 9 to August 28, Bandai Namco will hold the series’ first-ever exhibit. The .hack// 20th Anniversary Exhibit will also feature commemorative merchandise for fans to purchase. It will take place in Japan at Yurakucho Marui.

Additionally, for those itching to celebrate the .hack 20th anniversary now, there’s some good news! From now until July 4, you can purchase limited-time digital publications of .hack. Unfortunately for western fans, however, these digital publications are only available in Japan.

About the .hack series

For those unfamiliar with .hack, the JRPG franchise details a series of mysterious events inside an MMORPG game called “The World”. The game-within-a-game formula sparked interest among players, and its captivating storytelling helped the series even transcend from gaming as its sole medium. Over the years, .hack expanded its reach to also encompass anime, manga and novels.

Developed by CyberConnect2, the .hack series builds its gameplay off action-oriented RPG fights in boxed-off arenas. You also can take advantage of the games’ interesting characters that all feel unique to form a party or lose yourself by reading various in-game “forums”.

Are you excited about the .hack 20th anniversary celebrations? What’s your favorite .hack game? As always, let us know what you think in the comments!

Via Nintendo Life

Sam Fronsman

A writer with a love for video games, both new and old. A collector of games, CDs and DVDs. Can sometimes be found behind a camera or playing guitar. The X-Men games for SEGA Genesis will always hold great memories.
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