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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory is a Digimon game for the Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita and follow-up to Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, with a new story unfolding within the events of Cyber Sleuth. Development is once again handled by Media Vision, and Suzuhito Yasuda and Masafumi Takada have returned to do character designs and music respectively. It was released on December 14, 2017 in Japan.

The protagonist's EDEN account has been hacked and been falsely accused of account raiding. Consequently he becomes a hacker to get down to the bottom of this and discover the truth, joining up with the hacker group, Hudie and utilizes the mysterious programs known as "Digimon" to fight hostile hackers. Along the way, the world he knows goes under a great upheaval and he desperately tries to protect his friends and his place in the world.

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Unlike the game's predecessor, localization and release in the US and Europe were announced soon after its reveal and it released on January 17, 2018. Like its predecessor, it is available physically and digitally for the PS4 and digital only for Vita.

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  • Animal Motif: Insects are heavily associated with the main characters. Their hacker group is named Butterfly in Chinese, their mascot is a cartoon bee, their jackets have a butterfly on the back, one of the starter options is a Tentomon, and Erika's partner is a Wormmon.
  • Auction of Evil: The Digimon Black Market is introduced as a Dark Web market covertly selling Digimon programs to unsavory hackers. The player character prematurely tries to stop this after receiving their first Digimon, but to no avail. Later, you have the option of working with other hackers to either permanently remove it from the game or allow the service to continue freely.
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  • Big Damn Heroes: Right in the beginning of the game, Ryuji comes to your aid after receiving your first Digimon. Had it not been for him, the player character most likely would have lost another EDEN account.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • Hudie means butterfly in Chinese, tying into the insect motif.
    • The "chi" part of Chitose's name means "one thousand", which explains why his chatroom username in the intro is Ten Hundred. Likewise, the "ryu" in Ryuji means "dragon", which is why his avatar is a dragon and his username is Dragon Book.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Even moreso than the first game. Hudie succeeds in destroying Arcadiamon, rescuing Ryuji, rescuing Erika (somewhat), and saving EDEN from the Eaters. However due to the Cosmic Retcon, Erika, now Hudiemon, is forced to make a decision about returning to an EDEN-less world where she will still suffer the car accident and its consequences (i.e. death) or venture to the Digital World and live there for the rest of her life without her family or friends. Before she can choose and say a proper goodbye to her loved ones, and before Ryuji can properly apologize for everything he put her through, both Chitose and Ryuji are forcibly ripped away from her due to the world resetting (mid-sentence in Ryuji's case). She chooses the latter, erasing herself from human history permanently; Ryuji is now an only child and neither Ryuji, his parents, Chitose or anyone else (aside from Keisuke) remember Erika at all. Additionally, the Digimon were reset to no longer having interacted with humans and EDEN was never created. And the worst part is that Keisuke still remembers all of this and is forced to live with it in solitude. His Manly Tears in the game's epilogue put him squarely into Hurting Hero territory.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: Like in the first game, a mistranslation of the word "Bakemono" (meaning monster) leads to Arata referring to the Eaters as "Bakemon" (A Champion level Digimon). Unlike the first game however, this is only used once, so may have been the localises poking fun at themselves.
    • It is used a few times by other NPC characters though, such as a Defence Force guard towards the end of the game.
  • Bowdlerise: Sistermon Noir is changed to Sistermon Ciel in the NA version with a complete makeover of her getup. The game's producer has stated that this was done to avoid controversy over religious imagery depicting a character resembling a real nun. Ciel is functionally the same as Noir in gameplay to avoid compatibility issues with the EU and JP versions in online battles.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Chitose is a Chivalrous Pervert who spends a good chunk of his time ogling women and generally not taking anything seriously. However, that doesn't stop him from being an expert hacker who can whip up malware designed to track someone on a moment's notice and has set up a surveillance network that spans most of EDEN.
  • The Cameo: The real Yuugo Kamishiro appears for only one cutscene as Erika and Keisuke attempt to access the Eater network.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Remember that ominous black trapezohedron in the middle of Under Zero in the previous game? It's actually the can for Arcadiamon.
  • Color Motif: In contrast to the bright yellow of the last game, Hacker's Memory has gone with a dark, muted blue. In-game, it's the main color of Hudie.
  • Continuity Nod: Several NPCs remark on how this game's PC and Aiba did very similar actions when interacting with them. Additionally, a lot of the events and quests from the first game are directly referenced subsequently in this game.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: The game uses Takumi in all of its cutscenes by default, that is to say if you didn't do a cross-save with your data from the previous game, cementing him as the "canon" protagonist.
  • A Day in the Limelight: While the central cast of the original Cyber Sleuth do make appearances, it's the minor characters that are notably expanded on like Date, Lily, Fei, and Jimiken. Of the main cast from Cyber Sleuth Arata is seen and spoken the most to due to his connections to Chitose and Ryuji.
  • The Dog Bites Back: One case has you investigating a bunch of high school students cheating on their tests, which, as it turns out, was achieved through using illegal technology that allowed them all to log in to EDEN during the test while one kid was bullied into taking the test for all of them. They failed to realize that the devices were illegal because they granted a person complete control over the user's body, which the bullied kid demonstrated by making his classmates stab their teacher to death, followed by making them jump off the school's roof while making them watch from cyberspace. Or that's what they think at first - it was actually just a recreation of what the boy thought about doing, put together by Ryuji to teach the bullies a lesson.
  • Feelies: The Digimon 20th Anniversary Collector's edition comes with a Digimon Story art book, a soundtrack cd, and a Kuremi Detective Agency business card.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Anything accomplished or endured by the Hudie team at the end of the game becomes moot due to Aiba, Arata, Yuuko, Yuugo and Nokia being successful in saving both worlds and establishing a Cosmic Retcon. This is even Lampshaded by Fei before the final battle.
  • Foreshadowing: During the opening cutscene, Keisuke walks past a shelf with one volume of Digimon V-Tamer 01 in it. Hacker's Memory marks the second major appearance of the Arkadimon line, which originally debuted as the Big Bad of V-Tamer.
  • Gaiden Game: It's a side-story that intertwines with the events of Cyber Sleuth and promotional material indicates that characters like Fei will be more fleshed out in this game. Gameplay-wise, it adds 91 new Digimon and 30 new maps to the 249 and 74 already in Cyber Sleuth.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Inverted. K's SkullSatamon in chapter 13 ends partway through to establish that K and Keisuke are too evenly matched at that point. And then Ryuji and Arcadiamon briefly take over to easily defeat it, establishing their newfound power.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The K-Cafe shop owner is revealed to be a hacker who uses Fungusmon to excise a specific memory of drinking a special coffee and sell it to the highest bidder.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: The Dreamin' hacker group hacks EDEN users to forcibly induce them in a dream state, using the allure of living out their wildest fantasies to scam them into telling what their account info is.
  • Mythology Gag: One of Hudiemon's attacks is Infinity Dream, a direct reference to the lyrics about an endless dream from Butterfly.
  • Old Save Bonus: If you cross-save with data from Cyber Sleuth you start with bonus items themed on that game, your digimon list from that game, and your previous protagonist carries over into the relevant scenes.
  • Point of No Return: The game explicitly warns the player in Eater EDEN that they will not be able to go back to do other things after beating the Eater Domination Battle and moving on to the final area.
  • Retcon:
    • Mirei reveals that she actually had a list of sixty hackers drafted up for Aiba to hunt down but then Keisuke appeared so she split the list into 50/50 to lighten the former's burden.
    • The Ryota Memory reveals that Sakura dumped Ryota after being convinced by Nokia and Kyoko that she should get together with someone better.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: After being assimilated by the Eater, Erika and later after viewing Erika's memories, Keisuke and Wormmon assume that her memory of wishing to go to the Digital World is causing it to go berserk. While the Eater has an unstoppable desire to go there, it's because of Suedou's order to send all the Eaters back to the Mother Eater, not Erika's influence.
  • Schrödinger's Butterfly: A major theme of the game as the virtual reality of EDEN allows for people to live out completely different lives from their regular ones in real life, blurring the lines between a fantasy they want to live and mundane reality. Hence Hudie's symbol being a butterfly as a reference to Zhuangzi because they jump back and forth through between the worlds of EDEN and Tokyo with neither really being the one "true" world they belong to. Kishibe taunts Erika with this, wondering if a person with a majority of their brain digitized can truly be considered someone living in the real world. This theme comes to its culmination in the ending as Erika chooses to embrace the Digital World as Hudiemon, leaving behind the real world and her old body, subsequently resulting in her existence being erased to all but Keisuke in the new world and his memories of her being almost like a dream.
  • Shout-Out: One of the manga in the Hudie net cafe is a barely-disguised One Piece called One Fleece, a story about a boy who aims to become king of all shepherds. Another comic book Keisuke can find is The Sim Sons.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: The Sistermon sisters know how cute they appear and see it as a roadblock. They're disciples of Gankoomon, powerful in their own right, and want to start a digimon training gym. They fear that their cute appearances would make people question how strong they can become at the gym.
  • The Computer Isa Cheating Bastard: The opponents in the Master Cup can use items without taking their turn, and can use them whenever they want, even back to back. They can even use this to increase their Digimon's stats and give them Acceleration Boosts.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: One case has you investigating a mysterious black cat who allegedly brings bad luck in EDEN. Said cat turns out to only be a BlackGatomon. BlackGatomon is upset with undeserved negativity from EDEN users because of a rumor that quickly developed about it being evil and bewitching users with bad luck (which was untrue). It embraces the rumor and actively messes with users (until the player character stops it).
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: Eater EDEN, a corrupted version of EDEN by the Eaters.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: The accessory feature from Digimon World Re:Digitize has returned, allowing players to accessorize Digimon and the protagonist also has certain costumes they can wear. The revised version of Cyber Sleuth bundled with Hacker's Memory in Japan also allows players to use costumes for that game's protagonist.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Devimon and Ogremon are the first two Digimon you face and they go down really fast.
  • Year X: All the dates given on BBS posts have the year as "20XX".
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