Shenmue and Shenmue 2 hits shelves this summer

Cal Jeffrey

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Shenmue III is still quite a ways off. After getting pushed back twice, fans are getting anxious for the game’s release. Fortunately, they will soon be able to occupy their time during the wait with Shenmue I and II.

Sega just dropped a trailer today revealing the release date for the relaunching of the games that started it all. Fans will be happy to know that they will be able to play through the first two Shenmue games when they release simultaneously on August 21. The games have been ported to modern hardware and will be available as a bundle on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for $39.99.

Polygon reported back in April that the PC version will have “fully scalable screen resolutions, choice of modern or classic control schemes [i.e., D-pad control or analog stick], PC graphics options, an updated user interface, and the option to enjoy either the original Japanese or English voiceovers.”

The games will be available digitally of course, but Sega indicated that it would also be releasing boxed versions as well.

The first Shenmue launched in 1999 on the Sega Dreamcast. Shenmue II followed it two years later in 2001 on both the Dreamcast and the Xbox. Both were very well received.

According to Sega’s FAQ, the re-release of Shenmue II will be based on the Xbox rather than the Dreamcast version for “technical reasons.” The Xbox conversion included a snapshot system with filters, texture mipmaps for improved anti-aliasing, and was slightly better graphically.

If you are one of the many antsy fans waiting for Shenmue III, at least you can relive Ryo Hazuki’s first two adventures one more time before the new chapter hits shelves next year.

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I have a yellowed (but working) old Dreamcast lying around and original copies of the games. I also have a pretty great emulator. Don't tell Sega though. Maybe it would be fun to play this new version if the ports are spot on. If Sega cut corners though, I'm out.

I was stung before with the Daytona USA port (only the greatest ever arcade racer ever of all time ever) on the last consoles because 1, it didn't make it to PC and 2, there wasn't nearly enough texture filtering probably because the X360/PS3 were totally trash at it. So the road surfaces looked really bad and super distracting. It was better on the 1993 arcade original, how nuts is that! Maybe I'm picky. Still, I'll just stick to the model 2 emulator when the perfect version of Daytona was so close.

Don't disappoint me again Sega!
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Apparently only 30fps though. Apparently they can be emulated at 60fps (mostly) okay :/

Hopefully a nice modder will fix it... :)