SEGA says Shenmue 1 & 2 HD remakes have their full attention

Shenmue_HD_remasters_Sega_comment[1]SEGA Europe’s boss Jurgen Post has recently talked about the possibilities of doing Shenmue 1 & 2 HD remakes and ressured the fanbase that they have been looking into renewing licensing to do the remakes correctly.

This is what SEGA Europe said about the Shenmue 1 & 2 HD remakes:

“There is definitely a desire [to go back to our classic games], Even online, people are constantly talking about products they would like to see come back, and Shenmue 1 and 2  are probably in the top two places. We are looking into it. It is an old IP, it is a beloved IP – and not just by consumers, but also within Sega, we have people saying that if we could do Shenmue 1 and 2 all over again, we’d definitely go for it. The issue is that it is a big game. It is a project from many years ago. If we are to do it, we’d want to do a fantastic conversion to the current platforms, and there are a lot of licences in the game, which were cleared many years ago, so we will need to renegotiate those contracts. We are looking into it. We haven’t given it a green light, but it has our full attention.” – Jurgen Post, President and COO of SEGA Europe

This whole licensing issues from old games have plagued SEGA in the past when they ported over Crazy Taxi on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, omitting the iconic soundtrack due to SEGA not wanting to pay the licenses for the old tracks. This lead fans to getting upset and ever since then SEGA has made an effort to gather all the licenses when remaking or porting games. The last big examples include Castle of Illusions (which, now expiring license is making them pull it from shops) and Jet Set Radio.

What are your thoughts? Does Shenmue 1 & 2 HD remakes seem like a reality now? Jurgen Post has been teasing the return of classic franchises for awhile now, do you really think SEGA Europe actually have something up their sleeves?

[Source: MCVUK]

4 responses to “SEGA says Shenmue 1 & 2 HD remakes have their full attention

  1. jimi Andreas says:

    feels like another top of the list thing…….just like it was with sony.And i think def…..sega has seen the demand for 3 soooooo.I always thought they were gonna do shen 3 themselves with the yakuza zero engine but….

  2. super kock says:

    They can if they want. Sega should never make licenses from different sources. This makes it chaotic. You can expect shenmue 3 to be a really good game with some less brands or more other brands like coca cola. Coca cola would benefit for real

  3. Centrale says:

    It sounds somewhat promising. If Sega had no intention to make Shenmue 1 & 2 HD, I think they’d just never mention the possibility. However, I also wouldn’t be surprised if they wait until after Shenmue III comes out to see how well it really sells before they commit to investing in 1 & 2 HD.

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