The Shenmue games - both I and II - have been granted a sort of legendary status by their fanbase over the past two decades. Originally released in early 2000s, the Shenmue titles feature a rather intriguing mix of activities for the players to engage into, all to further the story of young Ryo on his quest to avenge his father's death.
Set in Japan and China, the two games keep a close eye on Ryu as he hunts down the people responsible for the aforementioned tragedy, runs across fields that are way too wide for their own good and operates various machinery. It's a bit of an oddball, Shenmue is, but that all works wonders when it comes to charm, because Shenmue I and Shenmue II are as revered as they are for good reason.
It is no surprise, then, that there was a palpable excitement among the fans of Shenmue when Sega announced that both of the previously-released titles would soon be coming not only to modern console systems, but to PC as well. Today, this announcement has been expanded upon with an official trailer featuring upscaled visuals and refurbished gameplay systems so that the game performs more admirably on modern machines.
Marketed as the "definitive editions" by Sega, the remastered versions of Shenmue I and Shenmue II are going to allow players to select whether they prefer the original or modernised control schemes, an improved user interface and an ability to choose between the original Japanese or English voice-over.
While console owners will be able to purchase their copies of Shenmue I & II both physically and digitally (with additional goodies should they opt for the physical edition), the game will only be available on PC via Steam. The current release date is slated for 21st of August, 2018, and if you're especially eager to get the game, there is a 10% discount set in place for pre-purchase.