HD ports of Shenmue I and II
for XBLA and PSN have been ready to go for over a year, but Sega's held back on
raising fan hopes for the series until it knows the future for the
long-dormant franchise. That's according to a “source who wishes to
remain anonymous but does have ties to Sega,” says Gamerzines.
Which is to say, take all of this with as many grains of salt as you
Shenmue HD, which Sega teased earlier
this week in an interview with Game Reactor, has been “finished for
well over a year,” according to GZ's source – “as is Shenmue II
HD.” However the company, wary of rekindling enthusiasm for the
ill-fated series, is waiting until it has a better idea of where the
series may eventually go.
This January, the online Shenmue World
was cancelled, while series creator Yu Suzuki outlined ideas he has
for a third installment and confirmed the possibility of obtaining
the IP rights from Sega. Which is to say, if Sega does want to know
where Shenmue will go before making a move on the series, it can head to the back of the line...