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.