It’s been 18 years since the original Shenmue arrived on Sega’s Dreamcast console, and 16 years since Shenmue 2 made its debut on the original Xbox.
With the third chapter in the Shenmue saga delayed yet again until 2019, fans can refresh their memories and newcomers can learn on just what transpired in this quirky, epic tale of revenge with the newly announced and previously leaked, Shenmue I & II collection.
This bundle that contains modern ports of the first two Shenmue games, will be released Aug. 21 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
Sega previously announced that it is also releasing physical copies of Shenmue 1 & 2 on PS4 and Xbox One.
Shenmue I & II will also have a few new features for the modern age, including fully scalable resolution, choice of modern or classic control schemes, updated user interface, and choice of English or Japanese voiceovers.
Players will be able to move Ryo Hazuki using an analog stick instead of a D-pad. The company also said that the ports will be capped at a frame rate of 30 frames per second because “throughout the engine, game code and scripts there are hard-coded assumptions about a fixed 30Hz frame update rate.” On the visual front, d3t has expanded gameplay to a 16:9 aspect ratio, but cutscenes are still in their original letterboxed 4:3 format.
Finally, Sega noted that all the in-game arcade games will be playable in the re-releases.
Shenmue 3 raised more than $6.3 million on Kickstarter in 2015. At that time, developer Ys Net planned to release the game by the end of 2017; it has since been delayed multiple times and is now scheduled to launch in 2019.