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Emabulator 04-14-2018 09:16 AM

Shenmue I and II Coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC This Year
 

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London, England – April 13, 2018 - SEGA® Europe Ltd. is proud to announce that the pioneering epic saga Shenmue™ I & II is to be re-released for a new generation. Get ready to go on a thrilling voyage across faithful recreations of Japan and Hong Kong, China, in a timeless tale of revenge and mystery when Shenmue I & II launches both physically and digitally on PlayStation® 4 and Xbox® One with a PC release on Steam in 2018.

Since their original release, Shenmue I & II have established a passionate following and are revered as one of gaming's greatest series of all time. These revolutionary masterpieces deliver a gripping story of retribution as Ryo Hazuki sets out to avenge his father's death and attempts to unravel the secrets behind a mysterious artefact known as the Dragon Mirror.

Shenmue I & II comes complete with the original feature set that defined modern gaming, including enthralling jujitsu combat, investigative sleuthing, and RPG elements in addition to memorable mini-games. Shenmue I & II is set within engrossing real-time open worlds that feel truly alive thanks to day-to-night cycles and weather changes, with a population of civilians who follow their own schedules.

This is the definitive version of these all-time classics and will be the best Shenmue experience to date. The re-release will stay true to the originals with modernised features including fully scalable screen resolution, choice of modern or classic control schemes, PC graphics options, an updated user interface and the option to enjoy either the original Japanese or English voiceovers.

The physical and digital editions will be available to pre-order from first party stores, Steam and US and EMEA retailers soon. For all the latest information on Shenmue I & II, head over to: https://shenmue.sega.com/

Korolev 04-14-2018 09:39 AM

Neat! I never got a Dreamcast back in the day, even when it was $80 as Sega was going out of the console business. But I will definitely check those two out.

Exodus 04-14-2018 01:16 PM

Well that didn't take long.

But we've got so much yakuza T_T

MusicToEat 04-14-2018 04:31 PM

Can't wait to get a job driving a forklift again...

LostToys 04-14-2018 06:58 PM

For me, I can't wait to collect all the gaccha items again. God I love virtual gaccha machines. And pachinko. So much pachinko.

Juan 04-15-2018 09:47 AM

Neither are half as good as you remember.

Chief Smash 04-15-2018 11:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Juan (Post 2510531)
Neither are half as good as you remember.

Probably not but they can partially make up for that in nostalgia. The first Shenmue was my favorite game ever. If I played it for the first time today, I likely wouldn’t be nearly as impressed. But my nostalgia for it definitely has me excited to pick up the re-release as well as part 3

Paranoia 04-16-2018 04:22 AM

Adam Koralik said the game will be $30. Great value.

Scherge 04-16-2018 04:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Chief Smash (Post 2510535)
Probably not but they can partially make up for that in nostalgia. The first Shenmue was my favorite game ever. If I played it for the first time today, I likely wouldn’t be nearly as impressed. But my nostalgia for it definitely has me excited to pick up the re-release as well as part 3

I tried the first game again during the Kickstarter craze for "Shenmue III", and aside from the clunky controls, it was just as excellent as I remembered. You get thrown right into the story, and before you know it, you run around Dobuita, forming bonds with the locals and learning the opening hours of specific shops.

I'm a bit worried about this teaser trailer, though. I might be mistaken, but it looks like they simply used original Dreamcast (maybe Xbox) footage on an emulator and stretched the 4:3 image to a 16:9 ratio. After the outstanding "Yakuza Kiwami", this is a bit of a letdown.

Speaking of Yakuza: Tomorrow, the wait is over!!! :p

JazGalaxy 04-16-2018 05:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Korolev (Post 2510513)
Neat! I never got a Dreamcast back in the day, even when it was $80 as Sega was going out of the console business. But I will definitely check those two out.

Dreamcast was the last outstanding console in my opinion. Sega and Nintendo were/are entertainment companies and not technology companies. They knew that the console in and of itself should be "fun", not just powerful. Adding things like more controller ports, "VMUs" and whatnot were additions that weren't necessarily technically necessary, but allowed developers to expand "gaming" in ways that were fun.

Featuring the second best launch library in history (The first being the super nintendo), the Dreamcast was legendary. I kick myself for not picking up one to leave in box when they were 50 dollars. (Around here they got even cheaper than 80.) At the time it just seemed wrong to spend money on a dead console. Especially when Sony was hyping up the tremendous letdown that would be the PS2. (It can render Toy Story in real time! It's so powerful we have to use armed escorts to keep it out of the hands of terrorists! It can create entire worlds within worlds!)

Rommel 04-16-2018 05:25 AM

Sega has such a fantastic catalog of games they could be remastering to capture for new audiences. I hope this does well enough so they figure that out.

Scherge 04-16-2018 07:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Rommel (Post 2510576)
Sega has such a fantastic catalog of games they could be remastering to capture for new audiences. I hope this does well enough so they figure that out.

"Panzer Dragoon Saga"! ;)

NightRain 04-16-2018 09:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Scherge (Post 2510579)
"Panzer Dragoon Saga"! ;)

They have said that would prove to be challenging since all source code and assets for the game were lost. I'm sure they could do something with a ISO image but it might not be something they are interested in.

I've love a update to PDS though. I play it every couple of years.

NightRain 04-16-2018 09:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Juan (Post 2510531)
Neither are half as good as you remember.

I just recently played the first game again. It is still great.

JazGalaxy 04-16-2018 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by NightRain (Post 2510585)
They have said that would prove to be challenging since all source code and assets for the game were lost. I'm sure they could do something with a ISO image but it might not be something they are interested in.

I've love a update to PDS though. I play it every couple of years.

That's interesting. On the one hand I can understand it. But in the other hand, I feel like game development technology has changed so much that I wonder what assets would still be of use to them from the Dreamcadt era. But I suppose that same question would hold true about shenmue.

I'm pretty sure that games like Cradh Bandicoot and Spyro are rebuilt from
Scratch.

Major Dan 04-16-2018 06:57 PM

Generation REMASTER for sure, although as usual, some remasters are more wanted then other, and some or more needed then others. Shenmue 1 was incredible for the time and Shenmue 2 was just as fun. I am definitely interested, especially at $30. I could go back and play each on their original consoles but it would be nice to see it updated some, both technologically and graphically..

LostToys 04-16-2018 07:22 PM

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Originally Posted by JazGalaxy (Post 2510574)
Especially when Sony was hyping up the tremendous letdown that would be the PS2. (It can render Toy Story in real time! It's so powerful we have to use armed escorts to keep it out of the hands of terrorists! It can create entire worlds within worlds!)

It was only a letdown in terms of the hype, but it was the pimp daddy of games. The PS2 is my favorite generation of consoles, and the DreamCast could have been a part of it if it did not fall flat on its face so damned quickly. It was the generation where the Japanese were still strong, and brought about such classics like Ico, Way of the Samurai, and Rez.

Rommel 04-17-2018 01:31 AM

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Originally Posted by JazGalaxy (Post 2510588)
That's interesting. On the one hand I can understand it. But in the other hand, I feel like game development technology has changed so much that I wonder what assets would still be of use to them from the Dreamcadt era. But I suppose that same question would hold true about shenmue.

Saturn-era. The grand holy grail of desirable remasters, Panzer Dragoon Saga, is a Saturn title. Using anything from the original seems fruitless, source code lost or not, as the game really would need to be remade entirely.

JazGalaxy 04-17-2018 01:36 AM

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Originally Posted by LostToys (Post 2510618)
It was only a letdown in terms of the hype, but it was the pimp daddy of games. The PS2 is my favorite generation of consoles, and the DreamCast could have been a part of it if it did not fall flat on its face so damned quickly. It was the generation where the Japanese were still strong, and brought about such classics like Ico, Way of the Samurai, and Rez.

It's my least favorite console of all time.

I understand that other people had different experiences, but for me, it was the end of the golden age of gaming.

I think the PS2 is the ugliest console of all time. I'm still not even sure what it's supposed to be. It looks like a part fell out of a car or something. A part that was never intended to be seen, and actually hooks on to some OTHER part.

Nintendo and Sega knew that in order sell new consoles, they had to make an argument to parents that the new console was materially different than the old console. But by the time Sony was marketing the PS2, they knew they had to sell to older gamers who were buying the unit with their own money. So they doubled down on the idea of "power" at the expense of any actual difference between the PS1 and PS2, in terms of basic functionality. The result was that m y initial impression was that I was holding the exact same controller that I held in the last generation and, my own fault, playing the exact same game I played in the last generation. (Tekken Tag Tournament). I thought the PS2 launch library was one of the worst of all time. Pretty much every other launch library has classic games in it that people still talk about and play to this day. F-Zero. Soul Caliber. Super Mario 64. PS2 had... like, nothing. SSX was about the only standout game that was actually worth remembering 6 months later. I also found the continued problem of load times to almost unbearable.

I know that a lot of people found entertainment in latter PS2 games, but I sold mine before those games came out and bought an Xbox instead. I was immediately much happier.

But I can totally understand how people who wanted certain types of games, like Japanese games, had no place else to go but PS2.

JazGalaxy 04-17-2018 01:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Rommel (Post 2510624)
Saturn-era. The grand holy grail of desirable remasters, Panzer Dragoon Saga, is a Saturn title. Using anything from the original seems fruitless, source code lost or not, as the game really would need to be remade entirely.

Yeah, excuse me. Saturn era.

My understanding is that right up until extremely recently, Japanese developers abslolutely abhorred the idea of using middleware tools to develop games. Every development studio made their own game engines and libraries. So it would probably be exrtremely difficult to get all of that stuff to synch with modern development environments that are built on an open, standard environment.

And that's not even getting into the issues of end-user technology being completely different now.

The only thing I think they could re-use would be all the concept art and development documents. If that was lost then they may indeed have nothing.


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