Shenmue HD “finished for a year”

An HD remake of Yu Suzuki's beloved Dreamcast game Shenmue is not only on the cards – it's finished, and has been for over a year.

Speaking to Gamerzines, an anonymous tipster with ties to publisher Sega confirmed that remakes of both the original, and the 2001 sequel which was also released for Xbox, were in the can.

"Shenmue HD is real [and has been] finished for well over a year," the source said. "As is Shenmue II HD."

The report follows Sega's brand manager Ben Harborne hinting that Shenmue would be the next Dreamcast game that the company would remaster for HD consoles, following the likes of Space Channel 5 Part 2, Sega Bass Fishing, and the upcoming Jet Set Radio.

The source claims that Sega has kept the games in a drawer while it establishes whether the franchise has a future. Suzuki is known to want to make a third game in the series, and timely re-releases of the first two games would be a useful way of raising the profile of the series ahead of the release of the third.