“Finished for Well Over a Year”
Yesterday, an interesting new development in the ongoing Shenmue saga was unearthed. A recent report by Gamerzines states that Sega has secretly developed and completed a high-definition port of the original Shenmue. The website’s anonymous source stated that this port has been sitting in a finished state for over a year. If this is true, then why has Sega chosen to keep this port off the market for so long? Gamerzines offers an explanation:
According to our insider, SEGA chose to sit on their release until it had a clearer picture of the future for the Shenmue franchise, namely, whether or not Shenmue III would ever see the light of day.
If their source is to be believed, then it may take some time for this port to arrive onto gamers’ hard drives, especially if it depends on Shenmue III’s limbo-like state getting resolved. We’re filing this under rumor for now, and we’ll continue to pass on new developments as they emerge.