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Shenmue I and II coming to the PC this year

Game designer Yu Suzuki is the director and producer behind all three Shenmue titles. (Source: Sega)
Game designer Yu Suzuki is the director and producer behind all three Shenmue titles. (Source: Sega)
Sega has announced its classic adventure games Shenmue and Shenmue II will be made available for the PC sometime this year. Shenmue was originally released for the Dreamcast console in 1999, with a sequel coming out shortly afterwards, in 2001. A further sequel, which received over US$6 million in funding through a Kickstarter project, is also expected later on this year.

Along with announcing a new micro-console, Sega has excited gamers by sharing the news that Shenmue and Shenmue II are to be released on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One sometime in 2018. The games received very positive reviews, especially for their innovative gameplay, captivating soundtracks, and their impressive realism for the time. The series faltered when sales of the games did not cover the immense cost of developing them (estimates go as high as US$70 million).

But it seems 2018 is going to be Shenmue year. Not only has Sega offered to re-release the original two games on new platforms with remastered visuals, a choice of modern or classic controls, and the option to listen to either the Japanese or English voiceovers, but there is also Shenmue III on the horizon. Funded by 69,320 backers on Kickstarter, the third title in the series may be ready for release by the second half of the year.

It’s finally time for martial artist Ryo Hazuki and magically gifted Shenhua Ling to bring their collective charm, powers, and adventures to three new platforms.





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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-04-14 (Update: 2020-09-30)