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Offline Team Yu

Shenmue 1 & 2 announced for PS4, Xbox One, PC
« on: April 14, 2018, 11:29:25 AM »


BOOM! And there it is. #ShenmueSaved

Sega has just confirmed a new Shenmue 1 & 2 collection by unveiling a brand new trailer during SEGA PES 2018 in Tokyo:

https://www.twitter.com/SEGA/status/984974525245747200

https://www.twitter.com/SEGA_OFFICIAL/status/984971035354124288

http://shenmue1-2.sega.jp

Updated versions of the first two games in the series will be released by Deep Silver as a single package on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. (Yes, you read that correctly: there will be an Xbox One version, despite the same publisher's Shenmue 3 by Ys Net launching on PS4 and PC only.)

The new collection will allow players to select between Japanese or English audio, as well as between original or new control schemes.

This announcement marks the conclusion of the #SaveShenmueHD campaign, which has been running since 2015 following the successful crowdfunding of Shenmue 3. We will have a lot more to say on this soon, including details of where we go from here as an organized community that congregates on Twitter every 3rd of the month. But for now, we are taking a short break! We'll see you back here in a week or so. Thank you so much for your support on the journey to this long-awaited announcement of Shenmue 1 & 2 on modern platforms.

In our brief absence please be sure to keep up to date with news and developments by following these reliable Facebook pages and Twitter accounts:

https://www.facebook.com/ShenmueForever
https://www.facebook.com/switchblog
https://www.facebook.com/ShenmueDojo
https://www.facebook.com/Shenmue.Master
https://www.facebook.com/ShenmueDE

https://www.twitter.com/ShenmueForever
https://www.twitter.com/phantom_river
https://www.twitter.com/shenmueguide
https://www.twitter.com/Shenmue_Dojo
https://www.twitter.com/ShenmueMasterFR
https://www.twitter.com/shen500k
https://www.twitter.com/shenmuede

Offline Team Yu

Re: Shenmue 1 & 2 announced for PS4, Xbox One, PC
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2018, 04:09:23 AM »


For nearly 400 years, an improbable cherry tree has stood in Morioka, Japan. Improbable because in order to reach the sunlight and thrive, the delicate young sapling had to gradually break its way through a giant rock which remains cracked around the base of its mighty trunk today. The famous Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree, known as Ishiwari-zakura, is a testament to the timeless beauty that can be achieved through the power of persistance against seemingly immovable odds.

As cherry blossom season came to a close this year, another strikingly hardy perennial was brought to prominence as Sega announced the return of Shenmue 1 & 2 to modern gaming platforms. Due for release in 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, the double pack of Yu Suzuki's original, almost 20-year-old chapters in the saga will be enhanced to include a choice of languages and control systems, and a crisper resolution befitting current hardware.

As coordinators of the #SaveShenmueHD campaign, we cannot begin to thank each and every one of you enough for your tireless support over the last three years, not to mention the #SaveShenmue variant that preceeded the Shenmue III announcement in 2015. Just like Ys Net before them, when Sega confirmed their new project with the hashtag #ShenmueSaved, they acknowledged the dedication you have all shown for this aim with your unwavering chorus of tweets every 3rd of the month. "You've asked, we listened," read their response to your requests:

https://twitter.com/SEGA/status/984974525245747200

What's most remarkable about your latest effort is that most people would have understood if you'd simply put up your feet and called it a day after Shenmue III was successfully crowdfunded. The majority of campaign participants will have already played Shenmue 1 & 2 on Dreamcast/Xbox or through emulation, perhaps even still having the means to do so. And there was always the distinct possibility that new versions were in the bag before Sega even saw records being broken on Kickstarter. A lesser fan base would have congratulated themselves and left the rest to fate.

But you understood the importance of making these games available to a new generation of gamers so that the series, fully restored from its roots, may stand the best chance of blossoming into future sequels that complete the story. Furthermore, you honored the implicit pact we all made with Suzuki-san that if he found a way to take a chance on Shenmue III, we would support him all the way. You didn't down tools and walk away once you got what you wanted most - you continued to do what you could to ensure Ys Net's upcoming sequel has the best circumstances and fairest opportunity to succeed at retail.

And for that you deserve unreserved plaudits and to take deep satisfaction in a job well done. THANK YOU.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

So what now? Now that we really do have all we campaigned for?

We celebrate of course! May 3rd marks the 75th consecutive monthly Shenmue Tweetathon, the largest and longest-running social media event in gaming history. And what better way to thank Sega than by spreading the love with the hashtag they've chosen to promote their new release: #ShenmueSaved.

We'll be hoping to see your tweets about what it means to you to have Shenmue 1 & 2 freed from the obscurity of discontinued consoles, and the series as a whole finally back in production.

Throughout the day we will be giving away commemorative pin badges of the concluded campaign's familiar symbol, so look out for numerous contests on Twitter from @TeamYu. In the lead-up to the event we'll also be releasing a sneaky heads-up on our Facebook page on how to gain an advantage in winning those prizes. Preparation's not essential, but it will help...

And after May 3rd? That's when the monthly event will literally be the #Shenmue Tweetathon. With our campaigning done, the long-established tradition of tweeting about Shenmue every 3rd will still prove a useful tool for the community, maintaining momentum leading up to the launch of Shenmue 1 & 2 and subsequently Shenmue III. By keeping the name in the public eye with the most intuitive hashtag possible, fans can keep the hype alive and show all gamers that this is a highly anticipated series going from strength to strength.

So from June 3rd and every month thereafter, please tweet #Shenmue. But on May 3rd, it's all about #ShenmueSaved.

Our website will soon be updated to reflect these and other recent developments, including a new default message for AutoTweet users who will be able to edit or deactivate it should they wish to. We'll also be posting reminders of the upcoming Tweetathons during the transition between hashtags, and we look forward to publishing a short video on May 3rd that we've had in mind for some time.

But for the most part, compared with what you may be used to seeing from us since we launched the Team Yu project in January 2012, our role in the Shenmue community will now begin to reduce. Our remit has always been to campaign for the resurrection of Yu Suzuki's magnum opus, and not to duplicate the general Shenmue news-based content ably provided by some excellent resources available to fans at the following links, so please take a moment to follow, subscribe, bookmark, or otherwise attach your eyeballs to these highly recommended outlets:

SHENMUE DOJO
- www.shenmuedojo.net
- facebook.com/ShenmueDojo
- twitter.com/Shenmue_Dojo
- instagram.com/shenmue_dojo
- twitch.tv/ShenmueDojo
- youtube.com/channel/UCjvnGvNdVyOcXkYanOfmRoQ

SHENMUE 500K
- www.shenmue500k.net
- facebook.com/groups/Shenmue500K
- twitter.com/shen500k
- youtube.com/c/Shenmue500KdotNet

SHENMUE FOREVER
- facebook.com/ShenmueForever
- twitter.com/ShenmueForever

PHANTOM RIVER STONE
- www.phantomriverstone.com
- facebook.com/switchblog
- twitter.com/phantom_river
- plus.google.com/115746525453313250649

SHENMUE MASTER
- www.shenmuemaster.fr
- facebook.com/Shenmue.Master
- twitter.com/ShenmueMasterFR
- youtube.com/channel/UCrB02ZFp7bi6CadqWyWuHPQ

SHENMUE GUIDE
- www.shenmueguide.xyz
- twitter.com/da34ss

SHENMUE.DE
- www.shenmue.de
- facebook.com/ShenmueDE
- twitter.com/ShenmueDE
- twitch.tv/shenmuede

We'll save the teary goodbye speech until we're signing off altogether, which won't be until Shenmue III is on store shelves, so for now we just want to thank you all again for your amazing support over the last six years and we look forward to dishing out prizes and celebrating #ShenmueSaved with you on May 3rd, the seventy-fifth Tweetathon!

For over a decade, Shenmue fans were told by the industry, the media, and by their peers to abandon hope. To let Shenmue die. But together, a determined community helped this promising series crack through every obstacle and earn a chance to flourish, supported by a following that never gave up. May your triumph inspire others and generations to come.