Wow, another wrinkle is added to the Shenmue saga today, as it’s emerged that full remakes of the first two games in the franchise were in production up until the end of last year. Digital Foundry has obtained footage of Shenmue I & II that’s different to the PlayStation 4 re-release we received earlier in the year.
The work in progress is closer to, say, Bluepoint’s efforts on Shadow of the Colossus, showing the same environments with significantly improved detail. All of the textures have been replaced, the lighting has been overhauled, and even the character models have been upgraded. There’s no actual gameplay footage so we don’t know how this version would have played, but the assets are way better all the same.
Unfortunately this version was cancelled, with the reasons for that remaining under wraps. We were generally happy with the ports of Shenmue that did deploy on the PS4, and there’s definitely a concern that this upgraded version may have changed too much of what made the originals special – but for a series with so much history, we suppose it stands to reason that a story like this should emerge.
Shame, as it looks pretty decent & I would have loved a proper remake. Wish Sega would hurry up release HD versions of some of the classics from the Dreamcast like Skies of Arcadia though!
@sikthvash sconded on Skies of Arcadia, that game was awesome and the changes they made for the Legends version on Gamcube made it even better
why didn't they release these remakes instead of the gamebreaking bug ridden lazy ports we got instead, now i'm not happy!
@huyi because those ports were cheaper to make, quicker to get out and they would make more money off them
I would have loved these remakes instead of the released ports that we got.
A full remark would have an awful lot of money, money that Sega wouldn't have got back. There's a reason why Shenmue 3 was a kickstarter game.
@FullbringIchigo well it's god dam lazy and will make a lot of shenmue fans angry, including me, sega should show the fans some respect and the franchise some respect it deserves than what we have now, what a farce.
I'm just happy the original got a HD port. Would still buy it again if they did a full remake.
@adf86 and the fans would have fully supported the remake, they obviously don't have enough faith in us to do so, why didn't they hand over the project to yu suzuki? it would have been crowd funded at least.
@Dange no, I'm not happy with the "ports" we got that was game breaking and buggy on day on release, I'm not happy that I had to wait weeks for a patch to fix it all, is this the treatment I should receive from sega? when they chose to get the worst dev you can imagine to handle the ports? you tell me that.
@huyi And how many of those fans actually exist to put money where their mouth is? Shenmue was the most expensive game when it came out but never really got close to making an actual profit. Even when Shenmue 3 was announced, despite all the vocal demands over the years it only got a quarter of the original's budget. Put simply the fanbase isn't big enough to justify such projects, especially when Sega are financing other games on top.
I was OK with the ports, mainly for nostalgia, but remakes would have been better. I'm not sure it would have been worth the investment though, by Sega, considering the muted response the ports received. I don't think they sold that well. Some of that has to do with the technical issues, but mostly I think it has to do with a lack of genuine interest in these older games. Some of us have no problem with dated graphics and gameplay, but most people do.
Damned if you do and damned if you don't.
Wonky graphics and dodgy gameplay is part of the charm, though. I wouldn't have wanted a remake to paper over the cracks.
I love the versions that we got...takes me back to playing the original on the Dreamcast and the sequel on the Xbox. I'll just take them both, since I never neither console anymore! Other than that, we're getting a 3rd one that will be made for PS4 in mind with graphics! Until then...can I suggest some of the other Dreamcast classics being re-made...Toe Jam And Earl 3, Hydro Thunder, Evolution 1-2, Skies Of Arcadia, Sonic Shuffle, Sega Swirl --yup, it was a hidden game on the dreamcast internet disc, and how about Illbleed, Time Stalkers and the first 2 Crazy Taxi's!!!! I'll even go with a new Seaman game that takes full advantage of the Playstation VR!!!!
I'd like to say I'm surprised 😂
@huyi You can feel however you want. I speak only of myself and my own opinion.
Yeah I don't think these full remakes would have made back the investment. I say that as a huge Shenmue fan. Personally, I just wanted the original games anyway.
@Tsurii pure ignorance? hah! what kind of money did you contribute yourself? and why don't you STFU.
i'm the one who paid for that POS remaster day one and got a buggy experience and you are telling me i don't have a right to be vocal about it? i'm not the only who complained about the remaster Yu Suzuki himself was in disbelief on how bad it was, are you going to tell him to shut up too?
@get2sammyb i don't mind the original games that is what i grew up on i just wanted a playable bug free experience but i didn't get that with the remaster, sega failed on that one.
@Tsurii That was really uncalled for. If you can't speaker to other users respectfully well, I suggest maybe don't reply to them. Consider this warning if you speak to others like that again then you will be getting a vacation from the site.
Thanks for understanding
They definitely made the right call, the budget and fan base just isn’t there.
I would have been more interested in playing the series if they had gone the full remake route, that's for sure.
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