Sega announces 'Shenmue I' & 'II' for modern consoles

Screenshot from the announcement trailer. Screenshot from the announcement trailer. SEGA OF AMERICA

As part of their Sega FES 2018 event in Tokyo, Sega of Japan announced that Shenmue I & II, a remake of the original two games in the Shenmue series, will be released later this year on modern consoles. Shortly after, Sega of America confirmed on their Twitter account that this game would be coming to North America as well.

The Shenmue series focuses on Ryo Hazuki, a young martial artist who seeks to avenge the death of his father at the hands of the evil Lan Di. The original Shenmue is renowned for being one of the very first sandbox games, featuring a living city with a number of NPCs with set daily schedules; the series also invented the Quick Time Event, which is now seen in games everywhere. After laying dormant for thirteen years, the series was brought back in 2015 when a Kickstarter for Shenmue III was announced and successfully funded, setting funding records in the process.

Shenmue I & II will feature both English and Japanese voice acting, as well as a new "modern" control option for users to choose from. Whether or not moves and items from Shenmue will carry over to Shenmue II, as in the original Japanese releases on Dreamcast, is not known at this time. The game will be available later this year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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