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Sega’s statement on cancelled Shenmue Full HD Remaster

More than just an enhanced port

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.


Born an entrepreneur, studied to be a psychologist, and now an aspiring journalist. In addition to team Nerds, I am the Editor in Chief for Age-Media and Dreamcast-Scene

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