Shenmue 1 and 2 Coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC
Ben Sheene / Apr 14th, 2018 No Comments
Sega announced Shenmue 1 and 2 are being re-released for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018.
The announcement follows years of rumors and fans’ hopes that the two games would be updated for the current generation before the release of Shenmue 3.
Shenmue 1 originally released on the Sega Dreamcast in 1999, with Shenmue 2 releasing in 2000 for the Dreamcast. The games took players across faithful recreations of Japan and Hong Kong as protagonist Ryo Hazuki seeks to pursue his father’s killer and avenge his death. On his journey, Ryo also attempts to unravel the secrets behind an artifact known as the Dragon Mirror. Despite receiving a cult following and positive reviews, both Shenmue games were commercial failures and the fate of the series was left uncertain.
Yu Suzuki, the mind behind Shenmue, took the stage at Sony’s 2015 E3 press conference to announce that a crowdfunding campaign was beginning for Shenmue 3. In just over 9 hours, the campaign’s initial goal of $2 million was reached. It went on to become the fastest- and highest-funded Kickstarter video game, reaching a total of $6.3 million raised.
The new release maintains the original feature set including jujitsu combat, investigative sleuthing, RPG elements, and a feast of mini-games. When they were first released, Shenmue’s real-time open worlds breathed with life through the use of day-to-night cycles and weather changes, along with a population of civilians who followed their own schedules.
Shenmue 1 and 2 will have their definitive versions released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. These re-release will maintain the original vision with a touch of modernization, including fully scalable screen resolution, a choice of modern or classic control schemes, PC graphics options, an updated user interface, and the option to choose either the original Japanese or English voiceovers.
Shenmue 3 is expected to release in the second half of 2018. It is safe to assume the re-releases of Shenmue 1 and 2 will come out shortly before to give as many players as possible the chance to experience the first two chapters of the Shenmue saga.
Shenmue 1 and 2 Re-Release Trailer
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