Shenmue HD will release on August 21st on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
For those of you who can’t wait until Shenmue 3 will release (which at this point is looking closer to “never” every day), Shenmue HD brings the original two games back from the dustbin of history for a remaster on current-gen hardware. That means you can enjoy your first job as a forklift operator while trying to achieve vengeance for the death of your father on such modern consoles as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
PC gamers will have to make do with a digital-only release, while the console gamers will enjoy a new physical disk that combines both Shenmue and Shenmue II into a single, idyllic silicone circle. Those with the burning desire to pre-order can even enjoy a 10% discount.
As with any remaster, you’ll be able to enjoy Shenmue with updated graphics, including widescreen support. Never get caught off-guard by an off-screen thug’s boot ever again! On top of that, there’s a brand new interface that’s compatible with modern gamepads, as well as the option to play the game with original Japanese audio with English subs or the iconic English voice actor’s dubs.
And if you’ve never play Shenmue, you’re in for a treat. Originally released in 1999 (with the sequel, Shenmue II, released two years later), the game is considered one of the best of all time, and certainly the best of its era. Shenmue was the first game to offer players an open sandbox to play in (albeit a small one by modern standards) and was the first game to use quick-time events.
You have Shenmue to thanks for all those years of hammering X during a cutscene.
Unfortunately, Shenmue and Shenmue II were considered commercial failures, mostly because the Sega Dreamcast just didn’t sell well enough for the games to see wider circulation. Shenmue and its sequel may have been amazing, but in order for Sega to recoup their development costs, each Dreamcast owner would have had to buy the games twice.
We’re sure Sega has recouped those costs by now, and Shenmue III decided to start off with largest Kickstarter campaign in gaming history back in 2015. Unfortunately, Shenmue III has been delayed until 2019, which means we might not see it before the next generation of consoles.
In the meantime, Shenmue HD should appease anyone’s desire for kung-fu revenge stories.