Sega Is Thinking About Re-Releasing Shenmue 1 & 2
Shenmue 3 is one of three major artifacts of gaming that Sony is bringing back into our lives – the others being the Final Fantasy VII remake and The Last Guardian. Yet unlike those two it doesn’t stand on its own and naturally has two games before it, both from many years ago.
That means tons of people have no exposure to the series and that increases the desire for a remastered collection of sorts.
The good news on that front is that Sega is considering a way to re-release the original games in the Shenmue series.
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It was the extremely hyped Shenmue 3 Kickstarter campaign and fan reception that convinced Sega that Shenmue is a potentially profitable brand.
“Yes, we want to innovate and back smarthphones and virtual reality but our key purpose is to go back to what the brand used to stand for,” Sega Europe’s marketing director Jon Rooke told Marketing Week.
“I think the buzz around Shenmue 3 shows that people love our legacy,” he added, and then confirmed to the site that Sega is definitely exploring the possibilities surrounding re-releasing the old games.
“Over the next few years, we want to use engaging content and marketing to remind the public why they fell in love with Sega in the first place.”
Although I wouldn’t get too excited because a remaster would probably drop a couple of months before Shenmue 3 does, and as we know that title is an incredibly long time away. Still it’s great to think about, and is an obvious choice for a remastered collection.