Shenmue I and II will release on modern consoles and PC

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The first Shenmue originally launched in 1999 and, at the time of its release, had the distinction of being the most expensive video game ever created.

Sega has announced that cult Dreamcast classics Shenmue and Shenmue II will be heading to PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One later this year. The sequel arrived two years later, although in the USA it was ported to Xbox due to the untimely demise of the Dreamcast in the west.

Shenmue is a tale of retribution as Ryo Hazuki seeks out to avenge his father's death and attempts to unravel the secrets behind a mysterious artifact known as the Dragon Mirror. All of this takes place in a real-time open world with the day, night, and weather cycles, populated by NPCs that kept schedules of their own.

Shenmue I & II comes complete with the original feature set that defined modern gaming, including enthralling jujitsu combat, investigative sleuthing, and RPG elements in addition to memorable mini-games. Sega is describing the re-release as the "definitive version" and promises the "best Shenmue experience to date".

This announcement was made during the Sega Fes event in Japan, and although a proper date hasn't been mentioned, it has been made clear that the games will be arriving later in 2018.

Shenmue 1 and 2 for PC, Xbox One and PS4 will have updated graphics options, modernised controls and the option for Japanese or English voice acting.

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