Sega recently released a remastering of the fan-beloved Shenmue 1 and Shenmue 2, but a new video and report show that the company had a more ambitious plan to bring a full HD Shenmue remake to modern-day consoles. Unfortunately, Sega canceled the project before it ever saw the light of day.
The remastered package, released this past August, saw the two games modernized for current consoles by improving the interface, HD resolution, and improved load times. The bundle was ported by developer d3t.
The remake was set to take things a step further by improving textures, the lighting system, improved geometry – Digital Foundry, for instance, points out how roof tiles and fence posts would become full 3D objects – and overall detail. What stage of development the remake was in is uncertain, but it’s suggested that the first game had made further progress than the sequel did. You can watch the video below to see the improvements.
Unfortunately for fans, the Shenmue remake was canceled sometime in 2017. Budget constraints and development delays are to blame, though the report suggests that is only a rough idea as to why this version never saw the light of day.
Looking forwards, fans have the long-awaited Shenmue III to look forward to. The game was announced during Sony’s E3 2015 press conference as a Kickstarter campaign. The crowdfunding campaign met its initial target of $2 million in just under eight hours, before ending with over $6 million raised. Longtime franchise director, Yu Suzuki, is working on the title. The new game is being published by Deep Silver and is set to launch on PS4 and PC August 27, 2019, after being delayed multiple times since being announced.
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