Shenmue I and Shenmue II will be making their way to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on August 21, 2018, Sega announced today.
If you haven't played Shenmue I or Shenmue II, they're open-world games set in Japan and Hong Kong. While "open-world" may not be that unique today, Shenmue was one of the first to do it and do it in a big, detailed way. The worlds in these games are packed with tons of side activities and people to talk to in a level of detail that was more or less unprecedented when they were originally released. Now, players will be able to see these trailblazers in a new light with a re-release that's making its way to the Xbox One next month. Have a look at the trailer for the games to get a feel for what they're all about:
Following the death of his father at the hands of a mysterious man, Ryo Hazuki sets out to track down the killer and recover the mysterious artifact known as the Dragon Mirror. The modern versions of Shenmue I and Shenmue II will be much more than a straight port, of course. Players will be able to choose from modern or classic controls, scale the game's resolution to best fit their screen, and they'll have the option of listening to the game's Japanese voice track for the first time worldwide. Shenmue II, in particular, is ported from the Xbox version of the original game which has a few quirks as compared to the Dreamcast version. You can learn more about the new features and improvements in the F.A.Q. for this edition of the game.
If you're looking forward to playing Shenmue again, you won't have to wait long: it'll be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam on August 21, 2018 for $29.99 or your regional equivalent.
What do you think of the first two Shenmue games? Did you have the chance to play either of these games when they originally released? What other gaming classics do you feel are deserving of a remaster? Let us know in the comments below!