Shenmue I & II are re-releases, not remasters (but still, yay!)

It’s been rumoured for years, but Sega finally confirmed that Shenmue I & II are being re-released on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, and will be coming out later in the year. The package is however not a remaster or remake, but a port of the original games with a few enhancements.

Both games will be available in a single package, and will ‘remain true to the originals’ according to Sega. They have also promised the option of both classic and modern control schemes, along with an updated user interface. You will also have the option to play the game with either a Japanese or English voiceover, something that will come as welcome news to many fans. Scalable screen resolutions and PC graphics settings are also promised, and both games will feature improved textures and higher resolutions.

The Shenmue I & II package will be available both physically and digitally, and will mark the first time the original game has appeared on any console that isn’t a Dreamcast. The sequel, which launched in 2001, did also appear on the original Xbox.

With the third game in the series (possibly) launching later this year, the timing of the re-release package’s arrival makes sense, and will give players the chance to replay the originals before continuing the story of Ryo Hazuki, as he attempts to find his father’s killer and uncover the secret of the mysterious Dragon Mirror. But will he still be looking for sailors?


This is not an April Fool prank!



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Written by Kevin M

I've been addicted to gaming since my parents bought an Atari console way back in the 70's. I progressed to the iconic Speccy, Amiga, and all the Playstation platforms. Having seen games evolve from single pixel bat and ball, to HD constructed environments, gaming has changed much from my early years. Having defeated the rock hard R-Type on the Speccy, the biggest challenge I've faced so far is putting up with the hordes of American teens spouting abuse in the current generation of consoles, noob indeed!

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