Sega continues to dither over the matter of Shenmue remasters, but fans continue to do great work breathing fresh life into the modern-day classics. An all-new video from YouTube channel Dreamcasters' Tube acts as an effective recap of the two previously released games while upgrading in-game cutscenes to 4K60fps.
While we wait in anticipation for more on Shenmue 3, currently being worked on by Yu Suzuki and a team of series veterans at Ys Net, the video works to help players get up to speed or simply as a very welcome burst of nostalgia. It's hard not to feel goosebumps creeping up when watching this artful and concise digest. Its aim is to push up the proceeds for Shenmue 3, which are currently still being collected through the Slacker Backer programme.
It's not the first time Shenmue has been buffed up by fans - one project is recreating the original with HD assets, while another has remade the Hazuki house in Unreal Engine 4. Sega, meanwhile, has said it's looking into remasters of the first two games.
Shenmue 3 is due out towards the end of next year, and Yu Suzuki is busy not only on development of the game but on delivering rewards for backers on Kickstarter - the most recent update showed him deep in the arduous task of signing some 5000 art prints destined for supporters of the project.