The Shenmue series is finally making a comeback after years and years of being dormant, with remasters of the first two games releasing recently and the third installment releasing next year. While the recent re-releases are nice to have, we’re now learning that SEGA was actually working full-on remakes of both games.
A new video has been released online by Digital Foundry that shows footage from a canceled remake of Shenmue. There’s comparison footage showing images of areas from the canceled remake and the same areas from the recent-re-releases, and there’s really no contest in regards to which one looks better. The textures are improved and the shadows and lighting effects are much more realistic in the remake footage. You can see the video at the bottom of this post.
It’s a shame to hear that something like this was in the works and ended up getting canceled, as Shenmue fans would have loved to have the first two games updated closer to modern standards. Instead, we got decent ports of the first two games that will have to do until the upcoming release of Shenmue 3.
Shenmue 3 is in development for PlayStation 4 and PC, which is scheduled to release in August 2019. The re-releases of the first two games are available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Be sure to check out the video showing off the canceled remake footage below.