Sega Europe has confirmed the planned launch of classic role-playing titles Shenmue and Shenmue II on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, even as work on a true next-generation entry in the series continues.
Yu Suzuki's two third-person action-RPGs were hailed as ground-breaking when they originally came out (in 1999 and 2001); the original Shenmue was famously the most expensively produced game at the time, with a budget of up to $70 million.
Fans have been asking Sega to release modern remakes of Shenmue and Shenmue II for more than a decade now, but it looks like the publisher will finally acquiesce to those demands later this year.
Shenmue is a tale of retribution as Ryo Hazuki seeks out to avenge his father's death and attempts to unravel the secrets behind a mysterious artifact known as the Dragon Mirror. All of this takes place in a real-time open world with the day, night, and weather cycles, populated by NPCs that kept schedules of their own. Sega is describing the re-release as the "definitive version" and promises the "best Shenmue experience to date".
While the games haven't been fully remastered from the ground-up as such, players will still be able to enjoy a bunch of new features, including a revamped user interface, modern control options, English and Japanese voice acting, and fully scalable screen resolution.
You can pre-order soon from all majour retailers for digital and physical copies.
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