Bandai Namco Announces the .hack-like New World, a 3D RPG for Smartphones


Bandai Namco has announced New World Vol. 1: Maiden of Silver Tears, a free-to-play new mobile-bound RPG.

The game is developed by .hack creator CyberConnect2, with character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (who also did the art and designs for the original .hack series).

New World is launching for both iOS and Android sometime later this year. Featured above, you can view the game’s debut trailer, which also has small tidbits of gameplay hidden throughout.

The game is the first chapter in Project N.U., a new universe that is likened to a spiritual successor to the concept and world of the .hack series, while also being an entirely new project built from scratch.

Bandai Namco made a note in saying New World isn’t the only game in Project N.U., as they teased future news for the series.

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  1. MusouTensei
    September 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    What a waste.

  2. Fenrir007
    September 18, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    If it’s F2P, I couldn’t care less.

  3. Thomas B.
    Thomas B.
    September 18, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    First Thought:
    Why not for the Vita?

    Second Thought:
    F2P? Thanks God! It’s coming not for the Vita.

  4. Shinaru
    September 18, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Mobile is the future. It’s only a matter of being able to do it well or not. However, I understand that making a mobile game a part of the main series can be problematic from some people, like Breath of Fire 6. There’s too much room for iap abuse for freemium titles.

    All I can do is pray that Bandai Namco doesn’t screw this one up. Starlight Stage and Smash Borders are really good.

  5. 88
    September 18, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    “Bandai Namco Announces the .hack-like New World, a 3D RPG”


    “for Smartphones”



    Consoles and PC dodged a bullet.

  6. Booz
    September 18, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    at least there’s hope, it looks like the F2P phone games are evolving
    slowly but still
    maybe someday they will drag their tiny F2P feet out of the shovelware mud and start walking tall

  7. BaronKrause
    September 18, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Worst part is, 5 bucks says in 1 year when the IAP sales mostly dry up they shut down the servers giving a giant fuck you to everyone who bought IAP.

  8. Siveon
    September 18, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Are we getting bombarded with bad news as of late, or is it just me? Free-to-play, mobile, give me a break CyberConnect2.

    Give us a .hack HD collection for the Vita or something. Maybe just a normal game, that doesn’t inherently suck.

  9. Siveon
    September 18, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Right, a market environment that’s about as (maybe even less) stable and consistent as the Atari console days is the future of gaming.

    Somehow I doubt it.

  10. TheCynicalReaper
    September 18, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    It hurts, mate. It…it hurts so much

  11. TheCynicalReaper
    September 18, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Remember when “mobile games” meant Gameboy or PSP? But those are old.

    Man, if only we had portable gaming consoles which could render high quality games, even incorporate online play, and were much cheaper to develop for than console or computer gaming… WELL, I CAN’T THINK OF NOTHING SO LET’S PUT IT ON THE PHONEDROIDS! THE APPLEPODS! YOU KNOW, THAT RETARDED BUNCH OF

  12. Doggie4me
    September 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    So is it on the phone or computer or a game console?

  13. Shinaru
    September 19, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Data says otherwise.

  14. Grey
    September 19, 2015 at 2:15 am

    I’d be disappointed if it were a different Bandai Namco property, but .hack was terrible. An interesting idea that was squandered on a series of boring, lifeless games and a boring, lifeless anime series.

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    Kelly Reach
    September 19, 2015 at 9:44 am

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  16. Timothy Lynch
    Timothy Lynch
    September 20, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I don’t see why people are throwing negativity because it’s NOT a legit .Hack// game…I mean .Hack was a great series, but let rest in peace. And I dont see the problem with it being mobile as long as it is a natural-based mmorpg, not tainted by pay-to-win mechanics. Everyone is knocking it before even playing the game.

  17. Grey
    September 20, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Lingering disappointment, I’d imagine. People had high hopes for .hack when the project was first announced.

    It might not matter now, except New World Vol. 1: Maiden of Silver Tears/Project N.U. are essentially being billed as “from the people who brought you Project .hack” so memories all come rushing back. It’s a bit like trying to build hype for your new movie by proclaiming “From the people who brought you House of the Dead and Ishtar.”

    You’re right that it’s not entirely fair on the new game, which should have the opportunity to rise and fall on it’s own, but first impressions are what they are. Some people are fiercely anti-mobile (I’m not. Don’t do any mobile gaming to speak of and was disappointed Breath of Fire went mobile, but otherwise think it’s no less a legitimate platform for gaming than anything else) and others just did not like the game they’re proclaiming this the spiritual successor to.