When it comes to classic gaming in today’s day and age it seems that developers and publishers are more interested in showcasing the latest tech and industry break-through’s – which great, of course.
But what about the classic games we already have? With technology accelerating at unprecedented rates we are in danger of losing that core gaming ethos – the classics that got us hooked in the first place.
Fortunately developers aren’t totally blind to this and have introduced the ‘remastered collection’ – a selection of carefully selected games that are touched up, tweaked and prodded to allow for them to be played on the newest generation of machines – thus meaning we are less likely forget the golden oldies.
So far with PlayStation Emulation, Xbox Backward compatibility and the gaming community pushing for a return of the classics the industry is somewhat balancing out.
With this in mind - Sega are the latest to get the nostalgic players licking their lips with their latest announcement. In an episode on SEGA Central, Dan Sheridan, Sega’s Europe community manager announced that they are “investigating” whether Shenmue 1 and 2 would be worth a remaster.
That’s right fan favourite Shenmue 1 and 2 are currently undergoing the initial phase of remaster development. The games have a cult following all around the world and with the third game currently in the works it makes sense to me for Sega to release a trilogy edition.
Sheridan went onto to state -
Sadly it’s not as simple as porting the games to the current platforms. We need to ensure that any HD remaster lives up to the quality of the original titles. With games as immersive as [Shenmue and Shenmue 2], there are further complications [involving] licensed products that were included in the original games. That said, we’d love to do it and are currently investigating how to make it a reality.
This makes sense, if you remember; Shenmue was one of the first franchises to use real world products in the game. You could buy Coca-Cola, Fanta and a few other popular fizzy drinks from vending machines.
But as far as licensing goes – I wouldn’t care if I couldn’t buy a Fanta so long as I could play the game in HD. Just stock the machines up with Fainta and koka-kola and be done with it. More classic gaming in HD is what we want especially games like Shenmue!