After details emerged this week that Shenmue I & II would be ported to current-gen consoles, further information has come out regarding the Dreamcast classic’s price point and developer.
The game, which, contrary to reports, is not a full remaster, will be handled by British developer d3t Ltd and published by Sega. The title will be released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One for USD $29.99. Both console versions will have digital and physical versions, whilst the PC port will be limited to Steam.
Interestingly, the port will only be available on PlayStation 4 in Japan.
The two ports will have several improvements over the original, including a “fully scalable screen resolution, choice of modern or classic control schemes, PC graphics options, an updated user interface, and the option to enjoy either the original Japanese or English voiceovers.”
The improvements are certainly needed for Shenmue to exist as a modern game, but reports that the title is a remaster are short of the mark, as neither Sega nor the developer has mentioned that it will be a HD remake or remaster. Instead, the description of “[the] best Shenmue experience to date” is used, implying that the project is more of a modern port as opposed to the ground-up remakes the game industry has seen a lot of this year.
d3t, the developer behind the port, describes itself as a work-for-hire team, and has lent support to such studios as Boss Key Productions on Lawbreakers, Sony on the VR version of Super Stardust, and Amazon (via Realtime UK) for the Lost technical demo of the Lumberyard Engine.
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