Shenmue I & II to return later this year

Nineteen years after its initial release on the ill-fated Sega Dreamcast, Shenmue is returning with its sequel Shenmue II later this year.

2957795-box_shenmue2The games follow young martial artist Ryo Hazuki as he hunts down the man responsible for this fathers death and the circumstances around it.

While a hit with both critics and gamers alike back in 1999 and 2001 the games, unfortunately, did not meet commercial expectations.

The pair of games will be released together for PS4, Xbox One and PC on steam. On top of that, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign raising over $6 million dollars from 70,000 backers, Shenmue III is in the works and is due to be released in the latter half of this year for PS and PS4.

While there isn’t an official release date for Shenmue I & II I would guess that it would be out before Shenmue III.

Sega has made a rather interesting choice in regards to the re-release. It is more of an update than a remake or remaster as they are striving to keep the original look and feel of the game. Instead choosing to update the controls and user interface.

Considering how beloved the Shenmue games are, I think they made the right decision to keep it as close to the original as possible. I haven’t played the games myself, but from what I have been told they sound like great games. I’m looking forward to playing them!

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