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Offline Team Yu

Sega Europe COO raises Shenmue HD hopes
« on: August 26, 2016, 04:46:29 AM »


PC gaming website Rock Paper Shotgun interviewed Sega Europe COO Jurgen Post at Gamescom last week, and one of his comments has perked the ears of Shenmue fans in particular.

Asked in general about dormant Sega intellectual properties, Post replied:

"We have different initiatives around the older Sega IPs. The Megadrive Collection is one of those, for the people who want to play retro games. But then we have games like Shenmue, which was pretty much at the top of every list of titles that people wanted to see revived. We have more though and we’re constantly looking at them.

We have some great IPs coming out next year and we’ll have announcements toward the end of this year about some of those. New versions of old games."


It's not often that anyone at Sega, much less somebody in Jurgen's position, mentions the name Shenmue without direct prompting. This might be a good sign for the #SaveShenmueHD campaign, and we will certainly be keeping our fingers crossed for a concrete announcement during upcoming events like Tokyo Game Show in September and PlayStation Experience in December.

That said, his comments in this interview remain vague enough that we should take nothing for granted. In strict terms, he has not explicitly indicated that anything Shenmue-related is in the works at Sega. One might ask why he would then voluntarily raise the topic of Shenmue, but he wouldn't be the first to raise fans' hopes over nothing.

Still, let's hope it's something.

The next #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon is just over a week away, on Saturday, September 3rd. We urge all fans to continue making yourselves heard and encouraging visible action, not just words, from Sega. Please see TeamYu.net/HD for more details on the campaign.

Thanks to @ShenmueForever on Twitter for the screenshot.

Offline Team Yu

Re: Sega Europe COO raises Shenmue HD hopes
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2016, 04:26:03 AM »


Sega Europe's COO Jurgen Post has again been speaking out about remakes of Shenmue 1 & 2, this time insisting the idea has their "full attention," while still blaming unspecified licensing issues for the games not materializing.

A year after Shenmue 3 broke Kickstarter records, and little more than that before its anticipated release, and Sega has yet to commit to action on restoring these original chapters. We sincerely hope it’s for more than the sake of keeping brands like Timex in the games.

The good news though is that you are all being heard loud and clear in your efforts to #SaveShenmueHD, and we encourage all fans to maintain the pressure on this unorthodox company in Saturday's monthly Tweetathon.

Please see TeamYu.net/HD for campaign details, and we'll see you on Twitter to spread the word and be heard on the 3rd!

Thanks to Gameblog.fr for the MCV screenshot above.

Offline Team Yu

Re: Sega Europe COO raises Shenmue HD hopes
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2016, 08:19:42 PM »


Tremendous thanks to EVERYONE who participated in yesterday's #SaveShenmueHD Tweetathon, keeping demand in the public eye for playable versions of Shenmue 1 & 2 on modern systems. Your efforts continue to reach new supporters and build the momentum for this last piece of the puzzle in Shenmue's full scale revival.

With recent comments from Sega Europe still ringing in fans' ears, we ran a poll during yesterday's event that we hope will help Sega tailor their approach to Shenmue 1 & 2 remakes/remasters in line with your expectations. As you can see in the attached screenshot, voters overwhelmingly favored a timely release for the good of the series, over lengthy renegotiations of product licenses used in the original games. Time will tell whether Sega takes your views on board, or if their reasons for waiting over a year to greenlight such an obvious project run deeper than those provided.

Later today we'll be announcing the winner of the month-long Mirror, Mirror Contest, which is now closed for entries. Keep your eyes peeled for the design that will earn one artist a boxed sculpture of the legendary Phoenix Mirror!

The next Tweetathon - we hardly need say it by now - is scheduled for October 3rd, so we hope to see you just as vocal next month and staying up to date on the latest campaign news here in the meantime. Team Yu needs YOU to restore 1 & 2!