.hack//G.U.: Last Recode

.hack//G.U.: Last Recode
US Release: Nov 03, 2017
Japan Release: Nov 01, 2017
Europe Release: Nov 03, 2017

Game Developer: CyberConnect2

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Franchise: .hack
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said at 9:19 PM on Sun Nov 12 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
What kind of magic did Cup of Tea pull to get Dave Wittenberg to reprise his role
said at 6:24 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017

It's hard to say for sure, but I think it has to do with the union status of this dub. This is definitely a union dub, given it has Steve Blum and Kari Wahlgren in it, as well as Jamieson Price being credited under his real name (Blum and Wahlgren don't do non-union work at all, while Price tends to either use pseudonyms or go flat-out uncredited in his non-union work).

I can't say for sure but it seems Dave is willing to do union dubs or any union work in general, considering he's still continuing his role as Kakashi in Naruto, and that's a union series. He seems to be in the boat of Steve Blum, Crispin Freeman, and Kari Wahlgren where he doesn't really do non-union work anymore but he's willing to do dubs if they are union. He's also still technically active given he's done some side voices for some video games as well as western animation in recent years (He was Wildbreak in Transformers: RID), they just haven't tried using him in any large-scale roles in recent years but he still does do quite a bit of work in the industry. So give those circumstances, it likely wasn't hard to get him back considering Steve Blum and Kari Wahlgren came back as well (even though they don't do a lot of dub work these days).
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:28 PM on Mon Nov 13 2017
We should also probably give Bandai some credit for ponying up to unionize this. .hack comes from the Bandai side of Bandai Namco and has always been union from the beginning. It was always supposed to be a huge endeavour with some proper weight behind it worldwide, and clearly they considered it important to maintain that. Bandai in general, back when they dubbed anime, were very good about getting their stuff unionized.
said at 10:34 AM on Mon Nov 6 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Great to see they've got Steve Blum, Kari Wahlgren and a few others back... Blum is especially great since he hasn't been in one of these dubs for a loooong while.
Thumbs up to Cup of Tea.

As for the game itself, this'll be one I'm gonna tracking down since I believe the GU games were never released in Europe before this release.
said at 12:35 PM on Mon Nov 6 2017
@RetroPokeFan No I think the most important actor is Wittenberg cus atleast the other guys still get plenty of work and all u see Dave do nowadays is Kakashi
said at 12:59 PM on Mon Nov 6 2017
@Abdullab Crap I forgot about him, in fact I didn't even know that's the only thing he's done. I always thought he was like Blum and the others still getting some decent voicework to do.

Ah well, now that I know I'm happy to hear he's finally getting the chance to do something different after all these years (even if it is just a reprisal).
said at 8:33 AM on Sun Nov 5 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Thank you for bringing everyone back for 100% vocal consistency, Cup of Tea.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:20 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
I'm going to present this without any further context.

Crystal Edge
said at 12:33 AM on Sun Nov 5 2017
@NCZ Every single thing from the Parody Mode is priceless, I wonder how the VA felt during the recordings.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:41 AM on Sun Nov 5 2017
@Crystal Edge

I saw one that involved "accidents" and my jaw was on the floor.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:01 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017
 1 Shout Out!
I don't know anything about .hack. Is this a good place to start? I hear it's like a compiled remake of some older games or something.
said at 4:20 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017
@Nightmare Crusher

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but outside of some references to the older .hack tetralogy of games, (Infection, Mutation, Outbreak, Quarantine) you can dive into G.U. Last Recode without any issue.

That being said, this does come with the Terminal Disc, which is basically an abbreviated recap of the events of the previous games that you can view at your leisure.

On top of that, the game does have an 8 month timeskip that occurs after the first 15-or so minutes of gameplay, which is where the anime series, .hack//Roots, picks up in between, which is also necessary to follow the story, though you can probably get by with a general synopsis.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:22 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017
@Nightmare Crusher

I would say so. It's a remaster of the .hack//G.U. trilogy with a bonus "Volume 4" (basically a 3-5 hour playable epilogue that wraps up some loose ends). There's some references to the original quadrilogy but G.U. is otherwise very self-contained. The hope is that they go back and do a remaster of the quadrilogy if this does well, but regardless yeah, this is a fine way to get going.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:32 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017
@MasterBlaster @NCZ Thanks, you two. Might pick this up once I'm on break.
said at 4:37 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017
@Nightmare Crusher

No problem, man!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 2:02 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017
 8 Shout Outs!
So glad they managed to pony up for the original VA cast. Seeing so many VAs you don't see too often in dubs anymore like Steve Blum, Kari Wahlgren, Bridget Hoffman, Jennie Kwan, Janice Kawaye... even Dave Wittenberg has been MIA for a while!
said at 2:40 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017
Shaun Ince
said at 2:59 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017
@NCZ I wasn't even aware they did another .Hack game after so many years. Nice surprise to see this though.
said at 3:11 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017

Proof that Cup of Tea CAN produce unionized dubs when the budget permits them to. Shame there was no credited voice director, though--they did a good job from what I heard of the new volume and parody stuff, so far.

Though, I find it funny that the first volume was recorded at Cup of Tea, then moved to Bang Zoom for the 2nd and 3rd volumes, then BACK to Cup of Tea again for the new stuff!

Kudos to Bandai Namco for going the extra mile, especially for a franchise that haven't seen a title localized in nearly a decade. It really brings a smile on my face.
said at 3:16 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017
@Shaun Ince

Can't really blame ya. Bandai Namco has been kinda low-key in promoting it, especially in comparison to some of their other games, like DBFZ.

Though, to be fair, this was just initally announced as an HD remaster for the GU trilogy, before it was announced that a new volume would be made for the remaster two months before release, IIRC.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 3:47 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017

Cup of Tea have done union dubs before (Xenosaga 2 and 3, .hack//G.U. volume 1) but yeah, this is the first time in a while. Nice to see for sure. Cup of Tea recorded Tales of Symphonia but they weren't involved in casting. .hack has always been union so clearly I figure CC2 and/or Bandai must have pushed to hold onto that, especially for consistency's sake between the new and old content.
said at 4:04 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017

Funny thing is I was actually just thinking about that right after I posted that comment. I should have clarified that this was the first unionized dub that they've Cup of Tea have done in a while on their own.

Previous union dubs that was done at CoT in the mid-2000's always had a secondary recording studio (NSI, IIRC) that was always credited when the dub was unionized (the aforementioned Xenosaga 2 and 3 and .hack//G.U. Volume 1, as well as Klonoa Wii and the Star Wars characters in Soul Calibur IV), though in recent years, they have done some unionized games on their own (Dead or Alive Dimensions, Ninja Gaiden 3).

Could have sworn that Tales of Symphonia was recorded at Blindlight, though, outside of the new lines that was recorded for the HD remaster. I know that Dawn of the New World was definitely Cup of Tea.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:17 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017

Blindlight handled the casting and production side of things but Cup of Tea was the recording facility they used on Symphonia.
said at 4:44 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017

Weird...I just checked the original credits and they weren't credited at all.

NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:28 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017

Shoot, so the reason why I believed it was Cup of Tea is because they listed it among their credits on their Facebook page, noting that it was "recording only".

Danni Hunt, who founded Cup of Tea, is credited in Symphonia as recording director. I looked into it and I found a few things.

1. Cup of Tea was founded in 2004

2. Cup of Tea are similarly not credited for Xenosaga 2 despite also being on their page (for "recording, cuing, editing"). Danni Hunt is also credited on that game as a recording engineer, and those are all tasks that I figure a recording engineer would do. NSI is credited as "recording studio" and Brigitte Burdine for voice direction (just like she did for Symphonia).

So what probably happened is that though those games were done before Cup of Tea itself was founded, Danni Hunt herself worked on those games and their inclusion among Cup of Tea's other work is just technically because it is *her* work, even if it predates the company proper. Not 100% definitive but that might be an inquiry I'll have to hold onto for future reference.
said at 9:56 PM on Sat Nov 4 2017

Eh, I would believe that too, so no problem--to err is human, after all. Either way, you make some great points!

A theory I have is that NSI and CoT potentially merged together, which would explain why the former haven't work on any projects in forever, despite their site still being up. It would explain why Hunt would credit those projects retroactively.

Still, just shooting in the dark, here.
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