Do the phrases “Shenmue HD” prick your ears? Sega area hints at lengthy overdue remasters

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Shenmue HD ought to already be a factor, so let’s hope this slim proof seems to be exactly what we predict it’s.

shenmue has been registered by Sega of Europe, in keeping with the area’s WhoIs report (by way of Gematsu).

The website is at present clean, however we’re hoping that it means Sega is winding as much as announce remasters of Shenmue and Shenmue 2, two video games which might be far too inaccessible given their cult standing.

We know the writer has been desirous about making it occur. It appeared eager on the thought in October 2015 and once more in May 2016.

As Sega stated final time the subject got here up, there are difficulties bringing Shenmue and its sequel again to market; each contained a stack of licensed merchandise, which suggests clearing these references out or re-negotiating contracts, and bringing video games of this age and complexity to trendy platforms in a means that does them justice isn’t straightforward.

Sega would positively wish to do a great job with Shenmue HD, too – Shenmue 3 is on the horizon, and placing out some shonky ports that remind individuals of all of the dangerous issues and stop them discovering the nice ones could be a certain approach to undermine a undertaking Sega is collaborating on and presumably expects to revenue from not directly.

Well, cross your fingers for Shenmue remasters: this may occasionally simply be defensive area registration.