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"Infection Logo"
"Cover art of Infection featuring the main cast overlaid above Aura"


.hack//INFECTION is the first entry in the Games Tetralogy released for PlayStation 2. Infection and the other games take place within the fictitious MMORPG called 「The World」. Infection came packaged with a bonus DVD of the OVA .hack//Liminality, "Liminality: In the Case of Mai Minase," which shows offline events occurring relatively concurrent with the events in-game. The events in Infection are followed by Mutation.

Synopsis

 You're in their WORLD now!
 Who is Aura? What is the Book of Twilight? Why did your friend, Orca, fall into a mysterious coma? As the outlaw player, Kite, you're on a mission of truth. Take a journey into a virtual world where anything is possible, and nothing is as it appears. Fight your way through contaminated levels of cyberspace as you take on and eliminate enemies, and unlock codes that will allow you to gate travel to even more environments - all in a desperate attempt to discover who or what's behind The World.
 Embark on an epic journey to unlock the truth lurking behind THE WORLD.[1]
 そしてカイトは手に入れた。
 データを改竄してしまうイリーガルな能力。
 仲間とチャットしながらダンジョンを冒険し、リアルではメールやBBSで攻略情報の交換が楽しめる。そんな楽しいネットワークゲーム「The World」を始めたはずだった……。しかし友達が、ユーザーたちが、ゲーム世界が、何か見えない大きな意思に引きずられ、壊れてゆく!そして僕もいつのまにか……。[2]

Plot

Transcript of Game Events: Infection Transcript
The story follows protagonist Kite, who was invited to play the game 「The World」 by his friend Yasuhiko, who is known as Orca in the game. After a chance encounter with a monster chasing after mysterious girl in white, Orca is defeated and Kite narrowly avoids the same fate. Kite's computer crashes because of the incident, leaving him bewildered by the turn of events. Kite then discovers that Yasuhiko was rendered comatose after the incident. Kite's player decides to continue playing The World in the hopes of finding answers as to why his friend is now hospitalized.
Kite turns to the BBS to see if any other players may know about the bizarre incident, but his message is quickly removed. He also receives mysterious e-mails, some which aim to help while others contain thinly veiled threats.
While in The World Kite meets and teams up with BlackRose, a newbie who has her own reasons for pursuing the truth. Before Kite can learn more of her circumstances, they are attacked by a Data Bug. Balmung appears to warn them to stay away from the monster before witnessing Kite use Data Drain for the first time. Balmung mistakenly believes that Kite is behind the corruption of data and threatens him before leaving. A mysterious woman who has been seen watching over Kite mocks Balmung for his assumptions, informing him that Kite was a friend of his partner, Orca.


Liminality

Main articles: In the Case of Mai Minase

Setting

Infection is set exclusively on the computer belonging to Kite's player character. When the game starts, it simulates booting into Altimit OS, where the player can access their desktop and log into The World.

Desktop

The desktop features a reader for emails, world news, and a video player to rewatch cutscenes. The player can customize their desktop wallpaper and background music. Wallpapers, music, and cutscenes can be unlocked through game progress, which is tracked via the Books of Ryu.

Mailer

Main articles: Infection Mailer

Throughout the game, the player receive messages from other players and system update information from CyberConnect, the developer of The World.

News

Main articles: Infection News

The game is shown entirely through the player's desktop so world building is done through reading World News. References to events in The World can be connected to events offline and the repercussions of the game's instability can be seen to gradually increase in severity.

The World

The World is the game within the game of .hack//INFECTION. It is a simulated MMORPG that allows players to enjoy a sandbox experience in which players choose how they wish to play the game on an individual level. There is no overarching goal for players to pursue outside of escapism and staving off boredom.

BBS

Main articles: Infection BBS

When players access The World's application, they can read messages from other players in the community forum known as the BBS, or Bulletin Board System. The board posts can expand the amount of areas Kite can access as well as unlock events and plot progression.

Servers

 Δ Server, Aqua Capital Mac Anu
 ϴ Server, Highland City Dun Loireag

Chaos Gate and Keywords

Main articles: Infection Keywords
Main articles: Gate Hacking

Fields

Main articles: Infection Fields

Monsters

Main articles: Infection Monsters

Items

Main articles: Infection Items

Characters

Main articles: Infection Characters

Kite
(カイト)
Orca
(オルカ)
BlackRose
(ブラックローズ)
Kite
Orca
BlackRose
Piros
(ぴろし)
Mistral
(ミストラル)
Mia
(ミア)
Piros
Mistral
Mia
Elk
(エルク)
Natsume
(なつめ)
Sanjuro
(三十郎)
Elk
Natsume
Sanjuro
Gardenia
(ガルデニア)
Balmung
(バルムンク)
Helba
(ヘルバ)
Gardenia
Balmung
Helba

Production

Staff

Main articles: IMOQ Credits

Merchandise

Game Release

Main articles: Infection PlayStation 2 Release
Main articles: .hack//Vol.1×Vol.2 PlayStation 2 the Best Release

Japan Release North America Release EU and Australia Release Korean Release PS2 the Best Re-release
Vol01 imoq jp.jpg Vol01 imoq us.jpg Vol01 imoq pal.jpg Vol01 imoq korea.jpg Ps2best vol1-2 front.jpg
Title: .hack//感染拡大 Vol.1

(Kansen Kakudai)

.hack//INFECTION Part 1 .hack//INFECTION Part 1 .hack//감염확대 Vol.1 .hack//Vol.1×Vol.2

PlayStation 2 the Best

Region NTSC-J NTSC-U/C PAL NTSC-J NTSC-J
Language Audio: Japanese

Text: Japanese

Audio: English, Japanese

Text: English

Audio: English, Japanese

Text: English, French, German,

Italian, Spanish

Audio: Japanese, English

Text: Hangul subtitle

Audio: Japanese

Text: Japanese

Release Date: June 20, 2002 February 11, 2003 March 26, 2004 October 22, 2003 March 2, 2006
Developer CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd. CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd. CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd. CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd. CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd.
Publisher Bandai Co., Ltd Bandai America, Inc. Bandai

Atari Europe SASU

Bandai Korea Co., Ltd Bandai Co., Ltd
Rating
CERO allages oldver.png

CERO: 全年齢対象

(All Ages)
ESRB T for teen.png

ESRB: T

PEGI 12 white (2003-2009).pngUSK 12.png

Pegi violence.pngOFLC M15plus.jpg

PEGI: 12+
USK: 12 Germany

OFLC: M15+ Australia
Kmrb 12.png


KMRB: 12
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CERO: 全年齢対象

(All Ages)
Price 5,800 円[3] (Tax not included) $49.99 USD[4] (Tax not included) ₩ 49,500Regular

₩ 49,500Pre-order Edition

₩ 49,500Limited Edition

Catalogue

Number

SLPS-25121 SLUS-20267 SLES-52237 SLKA-25080 SLPS-73230

SLPS-73231

UPC/EAN: 4543112084477 045557180119 3546430109892 Germany

3546430109908 Italy

3546430109915 France

3546430109922 UK

3546430109939 Spain

8809070472043 4543112415325


Initially, the Korean release of Infection was planned for October 15, 2003, but was postponed to October 22. 2003 to meet a higher standard of quality. While the game has Hangul subtitles for Japanese and English audio, Liminality was dubbed for a Korean audience as well as having subtitles.


Pre-order and Special Editions:

Korean Pre-order Edition

Korean Special Edition[5]


Demo:

SLUS-29042 (Regular Demo) [6]

SLUS-28023 (Trade Demo)


Liminality Ratings:

Bbfo 12.pngBBFC PG rating.jpeg

BBFO: 12 Liminality

BBFC: PG Liminality

DVDhackGER

DVDhackEUR

Version Differences

User Interface Changes

Language Options:
PAL English PAL French PAL German PAL Spanish PAL Italian
Infection language pal english.png Infection language pal french.png Infection language pal german.png Infection language pal spanish.png Infection language pal italian.png
SELECT LANGUAGE CHOISIS UNE LANGUE SPRACHAUSWAHL SELECCIONA IDIOMA SCEGLI LA LINGUA
ENGLISH FRANÇAIS DEUTCH ESPAÑOL ITALIANO
Dark background with words near bottom. Reads: "Now loading" Dark background with words near bottom. Reads: "Chargement" Dark background with words near bottom. Reads: "Ladevorgang" Dark background with words near bottom. Reads: "Cargando" Dark background with words near bottom. Reads: "Caricamento"
NOW LOADING... CHARGEMENT... LADEVORGANG... CARGANDO CARICAMENTO...

The PAL version starts with a language select screen and Loading screen after choosing a language, before opening the Main Menu. The language selection determines the subtitle and written language. The game starts with English audio by default and cannot be changed to Japanese audio until it is unlocked when the game is beaten. Once unlocked, players can continue onto MUTATION and the other games with Japanese audio. All other versions of the game (Japanese, US/CAN, Korea) have audio and subtitle options under the "Options" menu.

Interface Comparison
Japanese US English Korean
Infection mainmenu japan.png Infection mainmenu USA.png Infection mainmenu korean.png
© Project .hack

© BANDAI 2002

© .hack TM 2001-2002 BANDAI

© Program 2001-2002 BANDAI

© Project .hack

© BANDAI 2003

PAL Interface Comparison
PAL English PAL French PAL German PAL Spanish PAL Italian
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© Project .hack
© 2001-2004 BANDAI

The Japanese version has a copyright date of 2002. The US version has a copyright date spanning 2001-2002 and also includes the .hack 2001-2002 Trademark. The Korean version has a copyright date of 2003. The PAL version has copyright dates spanning 2001-2004.

The Japanese and Korean title screens keep the "Vol. 1" below the logo, matching the box art and branding. The US and PAL versions have "Infection" and drop the "Part 1" used in the box art and branding.

The Japanese, US, PAL English, and Korean versions use the same stylized word choice for the Main Menu buttons. The other PAL languages translate the words into their respective languages, uses cramped tracking[7], and spaces between words.

Main Menu Choices:
Japan,

US & PAL English

Korean

PAL French PAL German PAL Spanish PAL Italian
NEWGAME NOUVELLE PARTIE NEUES SPIEL NUEVA PARTIDA NUOVA PARTITA
DATALOAD CHARGEMENT DONNEES LADEVORGANG CARGA DE DATOS CARICAMENTO DATI
OPTION OPTIONS OPTION OPCIONES OPZIONI
PAL Desktop Comparison
PAL English PAL French PAL German PAL Spanish PAL Italian
Infection news pal english.png Infection news french.png Infection news german.png Infection news spanish.png Infection news italian.png
THE WORLD THE WORLD THE WORLD THE WORLD THE WORLD
MAILER BOITE MAIL MAILER CORREO E-MAIL
NEWS NEWS NEWS NOTICIAS NOTIZIE
ACCESSORY ACCESSOIRES ZUBEHöR ACCESORIOS EXTRA
AUDIO AUDIO AUDIO AUDIO AUDIO
DATA DONNEES DATA DATOS DATI
NEW NOUV. NEU NUEVO NUOVO
PAL "The World" Top Page Comparison
PAL English PAL French PAL German PAL Spanish PAL Italian
Infection toppage2 pal english.png Infection toppage2 french.png Infection toppage2 german.png Infection toppage2 spanish.png Infection toppage2 italian.png
LOG IN ENTRER

Accéder The world.

LOGIN

The World betreten.

CONECTAR

Acceder a The World.

ENTRA

Accedi a "The World"

BOARD

New message is posted.

FORUM

Nouveau message envoyé.

BOARD

Neue Nachricht

FORO

Publicado nuevo mensaje.

FORUM

Nuovo messaggio pubblicato

QUIT QUITTER

Retour au bureau.

BEENDEN

Zurück zum Desktop

ABANDONAR

Volver al escritorio.

ESCI

Torna al Menu base.

NEW NOUV. NEU NUEVO NUOVO

Name Changes

The PAL German version uses the default name "Drachen," the German word for kite.

Ninja Knife (EN) Couteau ninja (FR) Ninjamesser (DE) Cuchillo Ninja (ES) Coltello Ninja (IT)

WING (EN) is FLÜGEL

Trivia

Notes

PAL Version's Japanese audio is not available until completing the game.

Title

The Japanese title of this volume is 感染拡大, the Hepburn romanization of which is Kansen Kakudai, lit. "Infection Expansion" or "Spread of Infection," using language evocative of both computer viruses and infectious diseases found in nature.

The US and PAL title is the word INFECTION, stylized in all caps. Unlike the Japanese and Korean release, which uses "Vol. 1" (i.e.,"Volume 1") to delineate the order of the games, the US and PAL releases use the word "Part 1."

The Korean title of this volume is 감염확대, the Romanization of which is Gamyeom Hwakdae, lit. "Infection Expansion," from the Sino-Korean words 感 (“feel”) + 染 (“infect”) and 擴大 (“expansion”).

Media

References

  1. BANDAI. .hack//INFECTION. North America and Europe/Australia release Game Packaging. PlayStation 2. CyberConnect2, 2003-2004.
  2. BNE .hack Page
  3. .hack//感染拡大 Vol.1 Product Page jp.Playstation.com. Wayback Machine (Archived from original, 2002 December 16)
  4. Smith, David ".hack Infection Preview" 2002 August 07, IGN.com. Wayback Machine (Archived from original, 2002 December 01)
  5. Korean .hack News article
  6. PCSX2 Wiki
  7. Letter Spacing, Wikipedia