With the revitalized interest in the
Shenmue franchise, SEGA is currently looking into how to remaster the first two games. During the latest SEGA Central, SEGA’s question and answer video series, community manager Dan Sheridan commented on the possibility of a remaster, saying that the publisher would love to do it. However, many complications exist that hold SEGA back, such as licensing issues and ensuring that the remasters live up to the quality of the original versions.
The full quote reads:
“With regards to Shenmue I and II HD, of course we would love to release these tomorrow. Sadly, it’s not as simple as porting the games to current platforms as we will need to ensure that any HD remaster lives up to the quality of the original titles. And with games as immersive as Shenmue I and II, there are further complications from licensed products that were included in the original games. That said, we’d love to do it and are currently investigating how to make it a reality.”
— Dan Sheridan
Shenmue III was revealed at E3 last year, and it is set to release on PlayStation 4 and PC in 2017. The original Shenmue launched in 1999 on the SEGA Dreamcast; its sequel, Shenmue II, launched in 2001 for the same console and in 2002 was ported to the original Xbox.