Sega is "investigating" the possibility of a Shenmue HD remaster

Shenmue 3 is in the works, but what about Shenmue 1 and 2—which is to say, HD remasters that will let people dig into them without having to own a Dreamcast? Sega Community Manager Dan Sheridan said in a recent Q&A video that the publisher is looking into it, but warned that the job is more complex than you might think. 

“Sadly, it's not as simple as porting the games to the current platforms, as we would need to ensure that any HD remaster lives up to the quality of the original titles. And with games as immersive as Shenmue 1 and 2, there are further complications from licensed products that were included in the original games,” Sheridan explained. “That said, we'd love to do it, and are currently investigating how to make it a reality.” 

It would no doubt be a big job: As Engadget points out, the first two Shenmues had “a variety of promotional tie-ins and items” for both the North American and European releases of the game, and given their ages—Shenmue came out in 2000, Shenmue 2 a year later—they'd have no relevance (and likely no legal license) now.

At the same time, there's clearly demand for more Shenmue. Last year's Shenmue 3 Kickstarter pulled in a record-setting $6.3 million dollars, while the follow-on “Slacker Backer” campaign picked up another $230,000. It's currently expected to be out sometime near the end of 2017.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.