There are 21 days left until .hack//Versus hits Japanese retail shelves, and there are still two important characters that should have been announced from day one. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Kite and Blackrose of the original .hackers that saved the first version of The World from the evil grasp of Morganna. In other words, every version of Kite's avatar is now playable with the exception of Shugo from .hack//Legend of Twilight -- for now.
The identity of the unknown character is revealed to be Tokio Kuryu (They both wear the same getup, so it was very obvious that Tokio is the unknown guy.) from .hack//Link, which would have been better off as a spin-off series instead of a story within the .hack timeline. Adding another element from the .hack games, you will also be able to obtain new weapons for your characters as you play through story mode.
Because you can't have a fighting game based off of an game about an MMORPG without having special items thrown in, .hack//Versus letting you equip items to your character that will grant you effects such as defense and attack buffs. While these items are only intended for story mode, they could bring some interesting levels of strategy if they have plans to let players use them in multiplayer.
Check out the new screenshots of Kite, Blackrose, and Tokio in the keyword generated area below the jump, and you can look forward to Elliot's entertaining take on the game during the weekly releases segment of Go West! in three weeks.
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