Famitsu is publishing a fan book celebrating the 20th anniversary of the .hack series. The book will release on June 20, 2022, and will include exclusive content such as developer interviews, development documents, and more. Pre-orders are open on Amazon Japan and Ebten starting at ¥3,520 (about $28). [Thanks, Famitsu!]
The first game in the .hack series, .hack//INFECTION, released for the PlayStation 2 in Japan on June 20, 2002. The game later released in the US on February 10, 2003, and Europe on March 24, 2004. Initially a four-part game series, the .hack franchise has since spawned a number of spin-offs, remasters, manga, and anime.
『.hack』シリーズ20周年記念書籍、『.hack//20th Anniversary Book』が6月20日に発売決定！
読者アンケート企画を実施中。 『.hack』への愛を語りつくそう！ https://t.co/oZML2KEaCD pic.twitter.com/KMX4zHWxbC
— ファミ通.com (@famitsu) April 8, 2022
The anniversary book cover illustration will prominently feature the main protagonist of the .hack series, Kite. Famitsu notes that the fan book will include a 20-year retrospective on the series, as well as developer interviews and other behind-the-scenes content. Additionally, Famitsu is running a survey asking fans about their favorite .hack characters, games, and media. The survey will be open until April 30, 2022.
Two online retailers will sell the book. First, the Amazon Japan listing shows the .hack 20th anniversary book with a price of ¥3,520 (about $28). Japanese retailer Ebten will also sell a special version of the fan book, which will include an A2-size tapestry of the cover illustration. This version will cost ¥5,940 (about $47).
Pre-orders are currently available for the .hack 20th anniversary book. The book will release on June 20, 2022, the series’ 20th anniversary.