Rumor: Shenmue HD finished for “over a year”

Shenmue II HD complete, as well.

A high-definition version of Shenmue has been “finished for well over a year,” according to a GamerZines “industry source.”

It said, “Shenmue HD is real [and has been] finished for well over a year.

“As is Shenmue II HD.”

According to the source, Sega is holding off on release of the high-def updates until it gets a clearer picture of the franchie’s future – basically, whether or not Shenmue III will become a reality.

In April 2010, leaked images from Xbox LIVE Arcade’s PartnerNet, which is essentially an alternate version of the service for developers, showed a Jet Set Radio (which was recently announced) and Project Berkley II as in testing. The latter title was a codename for Shenmue II, showing protagonist Ryo’s face next to the title.

Earlier this week, Sega teased high-def remakes of Shenmue and Skies of Arcadia, citing them as the top-requested Dreamcast classics for download services.

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