For a while, there had been several rumors and much speculation about the future of .hack. CyberConnect 2 even had a special counter on its website with a countdown to the unveiling of "project GU." BanDai Games has now confirmed that a new .hack game, entitled .hack//GU will be coming to Japanses and North American PlayStation 2s in 2006. Whether or not Atari will step in and release the game in Europe as it did the other games in the series is not known.
"We joined forces with the most renowned animated TV show talents to
create the original .hack series," said Naruo Uchida, Vice President
of Bandai Games Inc. "We're proud to announce that Yoshiyuki Sadamoto,
the character designer of Evangelion, and Kazunori Ito, the writer
of Ghost in the Shell and Patlabor, are both returning for the new
The game will have a new cast of characters and an original story. More news will be reported as it emerges.