Prior to the release of Shenmue1 & 2 Remastered. Sega and developer D3T were hard at work on a fully remastered Shenmue remake similar to Yakuza Kiwami however the project was cancelled.
Here is Sega’s official statement:
“SEGA and D3T indeed had started exploring the feasibility of a full HD remaster for Shenmue I & II. That being said, we soon realised that this was a project with its own set of challenges. Working with original animations and characters but meshing them with enhanced HD visuals gave us a game that we felt would not meet the standards that Shenmue fans expect and deserve. Rather than going ahead with a release that may disappoint fans, we chose to focus on bringing the classic game to PC and modern consoles, so that new players could experience Shenmue’s original charm.”
I buy it. A faithful port with enhancements was the right way to go about it.
I am not a fan of meshing old animations with half baked modern visuals, Yakuza Kiwami is a prime example. I don’t like that in a remake. If I am to buy a remake I’d prefer that it be like Capcom’s Resident Evil remakes.
If Sega can’t do a remake from scratch then I will gladly take an enhanced port over a half old – half new mesh of a game.