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Shenmue 1 and 2 PC release date set

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The Shenmue re-releases were planned before the third game was revealed (opens in new tab), said John Clark, Sega Europe's vice president of publishing, earlier this year. Now, both Shenmue and its successor Shenmue 2 have a PC launch date: August 21.  

Billed as "definitive" versions of the Dreamcast originals—first launched in 1999 and 2001 respectively—their Steam variations come with fully-scalable screen resolution, PC graphics options, an updated UI, and both Japanese or English voiceovers. Likewise, players can choose between modern and classic control schemes.

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"Since their original releases, Shenmue 1 and 2 have established a passionate following and are revered as one of gaming’s greatest series of all time," says publisher Sega in a statement. "These revolutionary masterpieces deliver a gripping story of retribution as Ryo Hazuki sets out to avenge his father’s death and attempts to unravel the secrets behind a mysterious artefact known as the Dragon Mirror."

Exactly what the games will scale to, and which PC graphics options will be supported remains unclear—but I expect we'll hear more on that before August 21. If preordering is your thing, Sega says Steam (opens in new tab) offers a ten percent discount from now till launch (£22.49/$26.99).