Since the beginning of HD remasters, the Shenmue series has been highly sought-after for such a treatment. The original game has remained a Dreamcast exclusive, while the second game didn’t get an official North American release on that platform. It did, however, get an original Xbox release that can be played on an Xbox 360 – so it has remained easier to play on modern TVs. Today, Sega officially showed off a trailer for a compilation of both original games – coming to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. This will be the first time that any Sony, Microsoft, or PC has officially been able to play the first game. The sequel did get far more long-term exposure – but the entire revenge story does truly play best when experienced in order. We covered Shenmue II in a Graveyard a couple of years ago, and it’s great to see the sequel get more exposure and be available at a more reasonable pricepoint for everyone.
The announcement of Shenmue III surprised many, and now PC and PS4 owners will be able to theoretically play through the first two games in the series before the third game is released. Shenmue I and II doesn’t have a release window beyond a vague “2018”, but it would be nice if its release echoes the first game and we get a holiday release – and with three different platforms seeing this release, a later release may be better to ensure a high-quality release across all devices. Both games are fairly large though – so hopefully this isn’t another way of letting folks know that Shenmue III has slipped a bit in release, but that being released in 2019 instead of 2018 should be expected by now anyway given how little has been shown of it. A Steam page is already up for the collection with a slew of screenshots – so it does look fairly far along in development.